GEORGE TOWN: The DAP’s conniving and manipulating ways to keep confusing Penangites is very obvious with their promise to abolish to Sungai Nyior toll in Butterworth, claimed a political observer.
Azizi Safar said it was indeed possible for the state government to abolish that particular toll if they are really serious about it and intend to keep their promise to do so when trying to get votes.
He pointed out that the DAP-led state government could negotiate with the toll concession company to take over ownership of the toll so that it belongs to the state government.
He explained that the state government has the power to abolish the toll, take over the concessionaire from Lingkaran Luar Butterworth Sdn. Bhd. (LLB) by paying the price that was offered to the state government back in 2008.
“Once it becomes the property of the state, isn’t the power to abolish the toll or at least cut the rate by half lie in the hands of the state?” asked Azizi.
Azizi described the Penang state government as being rhetorical and twisting words as it had promised to abolish the Sungai Nyior toll before the 13th General Election.
“It has been nine years since the DAP took over Penang and Penangites are still waiting for them to fulfill their promise.
“What is more disappointing is that they (the DAP) keep using the same excuse claiming they don’t have the power to abolish the toll as it is under the purview of the Federal Government,” he said when contacted.
The Penang DAP had also expressed support to the MCA should MCA wish to hold a protest in front of the Works Ministry office to object to the toll.
On the excuse given by the Penang state government, Azizi said that it should have been known that the Works Ministry is not the one in charge of all the concessionaires of tolled highways as it is under the purview of the Malaysian Board of Highways (LLM).
He also questioned the move alleging that certain quarters had not allowed the toll to be abolished even though letters have been sent out seeking approval to abolish the toll.
“We’re all wondering who the Penang state government was referring to.
“DAP should explain who they were referring to; was it the Works Ministry, the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) or the LLB?” – MO