Coalition Against Toll to organise a mass protest public rally against
toll at Bukit Jalil Stadium on Feb. 26
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Monday): The second
nation-wide toll plazas protest went off successfully yesterday, with more
Malaysians participating in the nation-wide protest than the previous Sunday.
I want in particular to commend the thousands of people from all
races, religions and political affiliations who took part in the protests
against unfair highway privatisation and unfair highway tolls for conducting
themselves in a peaceful, orderly and disciplined manner for Malaysians
must demonstrate to the nation and the world that they could stand up for
their democratic rights to protest against injustices but fully mindful
of the need to help maintain peace and order.
I urge the Cabinet on Wednesday to heed the clear message sent out
by thousands of Malaysians in the two nation-wide toll plazas protest in
the last two Sundays and to take four important decisions:
Establish a Highways Consultative Council (HCC) to involve all political
parties, NGOs and the Malaysian public in a wide-ranging review of the
12-year highway privatisation programme and to make recommendations.
Rescind the Cabinet decision to increase tolls at four expressways after
the Chinese New Year, namely the North-South Expressway (Projek Lebuhraya
Utara Selatan Bhd - Plus), North-South Central Link (Expressway Lingkaran
Tengah Sdn. Bhd), Shah Alam Expressway (Kesas Sdn. Bhd) and the Kulim-Butterworth
Expressway (Konsortium Lebuhraya Kulim-Butterworth Sdn. Bhd) and to defer
the issue until the completion of the review of the highway privatisation
programme by the Highway Consultative Council.
Make public all the highway privatisation concession contracts.
Issue a White Paper to justify the RM250 million toll injustice imposed
on motorists as a result of the continued 50-sen toll collection at Jalan
Kuching by Kamunting Corporation Bhd., although the original nine-year
concession had expired in January 1996 and the concessionaire had collected
RM183 million from its RM60 million investment in the concession and another
RM14 million outlay in additional road upgrade - and now stands to collect
another RM250 million from toll in the seven-year extension of the concession
The Coalition Against Toll will continue with its nation-wide
toll plazas protest next Sunday unless the earlier decision to hold weekly
nation-wide toll plazas protests every Sunday is revoked. The Coalition
Against Toll is also organising a mass public rally at Bukit Jalil Stadium
on February 26.
At its third meeting in Petaling Jaya tomorrow, the Coalition Against
Toll will review the two nation-wide toll plazas protests and decide on
the future course of action.
*Lim Kit Siang - Malaysian Parliamentary
Opposition Leader, Democratic Action Party Secretary-General & Member
of Parliament for Tanjong