Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong (pic) said neither the prime minister nor Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin have explained the rationale for the hike increase to Malaysians.
The revised toll rate at the Johor Baru Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex comes on the heels of Putrajaya’s plans to introduce a vehicle entry permit (VEP) fee for all foreign vehicles entering via Johor.
The toll hike implemented on August 1 is to fund the RM1.3 billion Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL), which is free for all motorists in Johor Baru, except for those going through the CIQ Complex to Singapore.
Under the new rates, a driver of a passenger car is required to pay RM16.50 for a round trip instead of the previous RM2.90. Other vehicles also face similar hikes.
"The up to more than 400% is not an ordinary toll hike and cannot be considered as an administrative decision," Liew said in a statement today.
"This is a political decision which requires political leadership. Najib and Khaled cannot just keep mum on an issue which has a major impact on public interests."
Liew, who is Johor DAP chairman, said even Pulai MP and Public Accounts Committee chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed urged Putrajaya to review the increase of the Johor causeway toll rates.
There were also no discussions among Barisan Nasional elected representatives in Johor before the decision was made.
"These are serious allegations and it is time for Putrajaya and the Johor state government to break their silence on this issue," Liew said.
"As responsible leaders, both Najib and Khaled should clarify the rationale for the toll hike. Keeping mum is not an option." – August 9, 2014.