Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has urged the public to recognize the costs that have to be borne by the government to invade highway trades from the concessionaires .
He stated this was vital because the strategy of acquiring highway trades involved the people’s money , collected via taxes.
“The government needs to buy a highway, but with whose money? It’s the money from tax collected from the people…Then the roads, which must be maintained from time to time, (costs for them) will also be borne by the government and no longer by the concession companies.
“This also means that some of the taxes we collected must be used to maintain the roads, depriving the government of money for other projects that are also necessary,” he said at a press conference after officiating a Metrod Holdings Bhd plant here, today.
Based on the statement, a ‘congestion charge’ will be introduced where users will need to pay tolls at the existing rates for six ‘peak hours’ of the day.