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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