THE Works Ministry has suggested to the Cabinet to have long-term toll rates – to avoid revision every three to five years – so as not to burden highway users, reported Tamil Nesan.
The ministry has also proposed that discussions be held first with relevant government agencies, including the Malaysian Highway Authority, before the government signs any agreement with highway concessionaires.
Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said public opinion should also be sought before making any decision on highway tolls.
Currently, he said, the Economic Planning Unit makes all decisions on toll concessions without consulting the relevant government agencies.
His ministry would submit a paper to the Cabinet by the end of this month on the request by nine highway concessionaires for a toll increase to be effective on Jan 1 next year.
On another issue, the paper quoted Deputy Education Minister Datuk Hon Choon Kim as saying that the country has undergone many changes and it is important that the Indian community takes education as their first priority.
Poverty should not be an excuse for not sending any child to school as the Government now supplies free textbooks for all schoolchildren, he said, adding that social organisations should come forward to help the poor.
600 affected by water cuts
Malaysia Nanban said about 600 families living in the Golden Villa Apartments in Kampung Jawa, Klang, are angry because of water cuts to their units.
They accused the management company of failing to settle its outstanding amount, collected from the residents, with the Selangor Water Department (Syabas).
Residents’ association chairman M. Maniam said that they had experienced the water cut from Oct 29.
He added, however, that Sri Muda state assemblyman Datuk Amzah Umar had asked Syabas to reconnect the water supply on humanitarian grounds, considering that the Indian community was celebrating Deepavali.
Maniam said the residents had been settling their water bills since 2004 and were surprised that the company had an outstanding amount of RM65,000 due to Syabas.
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