Sigh, we were so close.
If you've been counting down the days until the roads in Malaysia are rid of tolls, well, keep counting; the decision ain't coming soon!
Works Minister Baru Bian told The New Straits Times
that the government has decided to postpone the abolishment of tolls to an unspecified date.
The reason? The country's economy is not stable enough and abolishing tolls will further push the country's account into the red.
Baru revealed that the government would have to pay a whopping RM400 billion
to toll concession companies as compensation if all tolls are abolished.
Therefore, the government has decided to postpone the move "until the country’s economy truly stabilises and conditions permit".
The move shows that "we are a responsible and practical government which is fair to all," said Baru.
However, Baru assured Malaysians that the government is looking at other, more pratical ways to ease the rakyat
"The Cost of Living Council is studying several measures which are more practical and beneficial for the people,” he was quoted by the daily as saying.
We understand that abolishing all tolls is a pretty costly move, but could we at least get cheaper tolls?
We are so broke that we do not have enough money to spend on things we don't need.