ALOR SETAR – Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah said that the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government can abolish toll collection. However, it has to be done in stages by taking into account of the country’s financial capability.
He said, toll abolishment could bring positive impact on the country’s economy.
“Abolishment of the toll can reduce the prices of goods as it is determined by the cost incurred by traders.
“If tolls are abolished, a component of the cost would be removed. Thus, it could help reduce cost,” he told reporters at a programme at Masjid Taman Berlian when asked whether abolishing the toll could impact the country’s economy.
Amiruddin said, the government may abolish tolls on expressways with no alternative roads first if they wish to abolish tolls.
“Some expressways with tolls have alternative roads and the people has a choice to pay toll or to use the normal roads with more vehicles and traffic lights.
“However, we need to see if we can afford it or otherwise. We also have to factor in the compensations for the concessionaires. We need to be thorough about it,” he added.
In another development, Amiruddin said the Ministry of Finance Ministry welcomed the recommendations by Chairman of the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP), Tun Daim Zainuddin for the ministry to improve its governance to ensure the country’s economy remains on the right track.
“We are opened to all suggestions and that is why we issue open tenders to ensure the government gets the best value for money. The previous government made many direct negotiations resulting the government to incur losses,” he added. -MalaysiaGazette