Minister of Works Baru Bian spoke to the media during the launch of the 10th Malaysian Road Conference and Exhibition 2018 at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / Malaysia Gazette / 29 OCTOBER 2018 abolish toll
Minister of Works Baru Bian spoke to the media during the launch of the 10th Malaysian Road Conference and Exhibition 2018 at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / Malaysia Gazette / 29 OCTOBER 2018

By Nizam Zain

SUBANG JAYA – The Ministry of Works (MoW) will announce their stand on nationwide toll abolishment after an agreement is reached in a meeting with the Ministry of Finance (MoF) soon.

The Minister of Works, Baru Bian said, they will factor in all aspects before implementing the Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto and he also gave his guarantees that it would not burden the people.

“I do not want to think that way (toll will certainly be abolished) but we will discuss and study about it. Therefore, let’s wait for the final decision between MoF and MoW.

“We will decide based on the whole picture, we will not take one from here and there (toll) but we will look into the whole picture with the basics for the welfare of the people.

“The total of toll concessions takeover need to be factored in if we want to abolish all tolls,” he said when met at the Sunway Pyramid Convention centre.

Minister of Works Baru Bian (centre) did the launch gimmick in conjunction with the 10th Malaysian Road Conference and Exhibition 2018 at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. He was accompanied by the President of Road Engineering Association of Malaysia (REAM), Datuk Seri Dr. Roslan Md Taha (third right) and the President of Council of the World Road Association (PIARC) Prof. Ir Claude Van Rooten (third left).   PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 29 OCTOBER 2018
Minister of Works Baru Bian (centre) did the launch gimmick in conjunction with the 10th Malaysian Road Conference and Exhibition 2018 at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. He was accompanied by the President of Road Engineering Association of Malaysia (REAM), Datuk Seri Dr. Roslan Md Taha (third right) and the President of Council of the World Road Association (PIARC) Prof. Ir Claude Van Rooten (third left).
PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 29 OCTOBER 2018

Elaborating on the PH 14th General Election (GE14) manifesto to abolish tolls nationwide after seizing Putrajaya from the Barisan Nasional (BN), the promise is still unfulfilled as the national economy situation did not permit due to the high national debt which had allegedly reached RM1 trillion.

Baru Bian also admitted that the ministry had met up with all toll operators in the country on the takeover processes.

“We have met all toll concessions and we will discuss in the meeting between MoF and MoW.

“After that, we will make a proposal to the cabinet ministers so that it can be decided. Let’s wait for the decision from the discussions,” he added. -MalaysiaGazette

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