Updated: Tue, 05 Aug 2014 06:59:14 GMT | By The Malaysian Insider : Malaysia

DAP wants Najib to explain breaking ‘no toll’ pledge for causeway

Datuk Seri Najib Razak should visit Johor Baru and explain the rationale for breaking his 'no toll' pledge on the Causeway, which saw a 480% hike since Friday that not only raised eyebrows but also caused hardship on users. DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang (pic) said the prime minister had made two promises in 2012 that no toll charges...


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Datuk Seri Najib Razak should visit Johor Baru and explain the rationale for breaking his 'no toll' pledge on the Causeway, which saw a 480% hike since Friday that not only raised eyebrows but also caused hardship on users.

DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang (pic) said the prime minister had made two promises in 2012 that no toll charges would be levied on the Eastern Disposal Link (EDL).

The first was made on March 9 at a 1Malaysia dinner in the Johor's capital where he said Najib told an audience of 10,000 people that toll charges would not be levied at those who do not utilise the EDL.

Lim said the prime minister six months later told Parliament that there would be "no toll on EDL".

"As PM of a government whose motto and slogan is 'People’s First, Performance Now', Najib cannot take his public pledges lightly and must go out of his way to explain and justify the breaches of his public pledges.

"Has Najib no explanation or justification whatsoever for his breaches of his two pledges on the EDL to the people of Johor in 2012, and is his motto and slogan just an empty and hollow one?

"Is he going to be known as a PM whose public pledges cannot be trusted?" Lim said in a statement today.

The Gelang Patah MP also took Najib to task for keeping silent on the matter.

He said the steep toll hike had caused not only hardship to commuters, but also affected the economy in the southern part of the state.

What was more astounding was the southern state's BN MPs and assemblymen were not consulted prior to the increase.

"Until Najib can visit JB to give convincing and acceptable explanation and justification for his breaches of two pledges on EDL, he should immediately suspend and defer the implementation."

Cars from Singapore entering Johor through the Johor Baru Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex have to pay a toll of RM9.70, up from the previous RM2.90.

Cars travelling from Johor to Singapore previously paid no tolls, but are now subject to a new toll of RM6.80.

While motorcycles are exempted from the tolls, buses, goods vehicles and taxis now also have to fork out extra at the Malaysian checkpoint.

On Friday, stage buses transporting factory workers from Johor Baru refused to continue their journey into Singapore in protest against the toll hike, forcing scores of Malaysian factory workers to walk across the Causeway.

The revised toll rate at the CIQ Complex comes on the heels of Putrajaya’s plans to introduce a VEP fee for all foreign vehicles entering Johor.

Following the toll hike, Singapore reportedly said it planned to increase its toll rate to match that of the Johor Causeway in the next few weeks.

The Straits Times quoted a Singaporean Land Transport Authority (LTA) spokesman as saying that the details of Malaysia’s toll revisions were not made known to Singapore earlier and that the LTA would need some time to make the changes.

But, he said: “Should Malaysia reduce or do away with the toll charges, Singapore will follow suit.” – August 5, 2014.

4Comments
Aug 5, 2014 2:22AM
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he just want to tell the rakyat that even if he raise the toll, he is still popular and will win the next election - this is his statement. he dont care a damn if you live or die, he is that arrogant.
Aug 5, 2014 3:36AM
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Toll collected for maintenance of EDL is being applied to the other route which has no relevance to EDL. Apa ni?


Promise by the nation's leader is worth $h|t, that is what Najib is trying to tell us. You guys who receive RM500 and have to work in Spore to support your family because of job opportunity is scarce in Johor, time to throw it up with interest


To those who are bashing Malaysians working there not wanting to pay the toll, you must be really dumb not to realise that the Johor market depended heavily on Singaporean. The affect is already felt by the locals there when fuel patronage dropped by 20%, grocery, supermarket & etc operated by Malaysians suffered a sharp drop.

Property in Johors are spilling where supply is more than demand, mostly targeting Singaporeans.

Prepare youself, once Spore matched the increase on their side, expect more drop in profit. Moneys by Singaporean and Malaysian working there which can be used here to promote Johor growth.


Yet you chose to get the quick buck in expense of your own people. Johor Sultan, you said you love your people, now is time to intervene before it get worse as Malaysia will stand to lose more than Spore.

Aug 5, 2014 2:50AM
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Government shall firm with their decision. Toll collection will be able to funding a new projects which constantly benefit the Johor people in future.
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