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Govt seeking ways to prevent frequent toll rate hikes

Postby admin » Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:47 am

KLANG: The Economic Planning Unit (EPU) will look into methods of preventing toll hikes once every three years and present its findings to the Government.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he had instructed the EPU to come-up with a comprehensive solution to counter the toll hike issue given that it was a big burden to the people and the Government.

Najib told a press conference after opening the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia’s (ACCCIM) 63rd annual general meeting here on Friday that increases in toll rates was something that was much disliked by the people.

To a question if acquiring PLUS Expressways Bhd might be one of the options considered to prevent escalating toll rates, Najib said it was too early to say but added that the Government was looking at every available option.

He said the government was aware of the urgency to have a quick and comprehensive solution to tackle the matter.

To a question on electricity and liquefied natural gas tariffs, Najib said the Government would also look into it from time-to-time.

When asked when the next power tariff review would take place, Najib said he would study the matter first.

He added that whatever measures taken should be holistic in nature, with due consideration given to all relevant parties, including Tenaga Nasional Bhd, the industries and consumers.

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EPU to tackle highway toll issue

Postby admin » Sat Apr 18, 2009 1:14 am

KLANG: The Economic Planning Unit (EPU) will look into ways to reduce the burden on the people paying the thrice yearly hike in highway toll.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said paying toll was something which the people disliked and the EPU had been directed to come up with a comprehensive solution to the issue.

He was speaking at a press conference after opening the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia’s 63rd annual general meeting here yesterday.

Asked if acquiring PLUS Express- ways Bhd might be one of the solutions, Najib said it was too early to say but the Government was looking at all options.

He said the Government was aware of the urgency to have a quick and comprehensive solution to the matter.

Najib said the Government would also look into electricity and gas tariffs from time-to-time.

On when the next power tariff review would take place, he said measures taken should be holistic in nature with due consideration given to all parties, including Tenaga Nasional Bhd, the industries and consumers.

He said the national capacity as well as the country’s oil and gas reserves must also be taken into consideration.

In Kuala Lumpur, Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor urged the EPU to consider ways to help the low and middle income groups burdened by the toll collection.

In welcoming the directive for the EPU to tackle the toll issue, he said it was in line with the Prime Minister’s 1Malaysia slogan of “People First, Performance Now.”

“I am confident that the EPU will conduct a thorough study as well as look at the Government’s financial capability in tackling the issue.

“At the same time, they also have to look at the sanctity of the contracts between the concessionaires and the Govern- ment,” he told reporters after the handing over of duties between him and former Works Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Mohamed.

Shaziman praised Mohd Zin for coming up with the Tekad Setahun book, which outlines the Ministry’s achievements from March 2008 until February this year.

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Looking for toll hike solution

Postby admin » Sat Apr 18, 2009 1:47 am

KLANG: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has asked the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) to seek a comprehensive solution to the prickly toll rates increase issue.

Highway concessionaires are allowed under concession agreements to raise toll rates every three years. However, road users have begun to strongly object to the periodical toll increases.

"I have directed the EPU to suggest to the government a comprehensive solution to tackle the toll hike issue," he said, adding that a broad solution had to be found as the toll issue was "the issue people most disliked".

On whether the option of taking over highway concessionaire PLUS Expressways Bhd was being considered, he said: "We are looking at all options but it is premature for me to say now what the government is going to do."

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Unit to solve issue of toll increase

Postby admin » Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:55 am

GEORGE TOWN: The Economic Planning Unit (EPU) will look at the prickly issue of higher tolls and come out with comprehensive solutions within three months.

Minister in Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said a study would be commissioned soon.

And he promised that the solutions will be beneficial to the people and the government.

"This will be the EPU's priority. It will take about three months to complete the study as we have to re-examine the toll concessionaire agreements," he said after chairing the Penang Bumiputera Development Council meeting on Saturday.

On Friday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak told the EPU to seek a solution to the issue of toll increase.
Under the agreements, highway concessionaires are allowed to raise toll every three years.

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Buy PLUS, says Azmi

Postby admin » Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:20 am

KANGAR: The government should consider acquiring highway concessionaire PLUS, Public Accounts Committee chairman Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid said yesterday.

"This way we can put a stop to toll increases once and for all," he said.

Azmi said the takeover would ease the burden on motorists. He said if the government could take over two light rail transit companies, there was no reason it could not do the same with PLUS.

"However, we don't know whether the government has the capacity to buy or not at this moment," he said.

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