So are you ready to say TAK NAK TOL?
MalaysiaKini reported that Litrak - which operates the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP) highway - will be the biggest beneficiary of the Jan 1 toll hike with an increase of 60 sen under the new rates.
The company’s 2006 annual report revealed that it recorded a nett profit of RM80 million, an increase of 43 percent from its nett profit at RM56 million in year 2005.
The report further showed that Litrak had set a new record after collecting RM243 million revenue for its financial year ending on March 31, 2006, as opposed to RM227 million it collected for the year before.
While MCA that is losing it popularity among the chinese community, is stepping up its promotion campaign. Teaming up with not just one, but two opposition parties to stage a protest against toll hikes. It's reported that more protests are planned.
(The Sun) PETALING JAYA (Dec 29, 2006): The MCA and two opposition political parties, DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), today staged separate demonstrations to protest against toll hikes.
About 100 Puchong MCA members led by division chairman Wong Hock Aun gathered at the Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong (LDP) toll plaza in Bandar Sunway at 10am, carrying banners and placards at 10am.
About 50 police personnel, including Special Branch men in plainclothes, led by Subang Jaya OCPD ACP Muhammad Fuad Talib kept a close watch on the protesters and maintained public security.
Wong said: "We condemn the toll hikes. Puchong residents are vey upset. The government should review its decision to allow the increase in the toll charges because the LDP is not alleviating the daily severe traffic congestions here."
Puchong MCA Youth chief Datuk Theng Book said the demonstration reflects the peoples' sentiment, especially the Puchong folks who have to bear the 60% increase in toll rates.
Effective Monday (Jan 1, 2007), LDP users have to pay RM1.60, up from RM1.
Before the MCA protesters could leave the scene, about 20 DAP and PKR arrived at 10.40am and headed to the LDP's operations complex.
They handed a memorandum of protest to Lingkaran Trans Kota Holdings Berhad (Litrak) communications manager Zuhri Iskandar Kamarzaman.
the toll hike be postponed until the world oil price is stable; programmes be initiated to reduce the traffic congestion at the Petaling Jaya South and Pencala toll plazas during the peak hours in the morning and evening; alternative routes be constructed ahead of the Petaling Jaya South, Puchong South and Pencala toll plazas; and U-turns be allowed at the Petaling Jaya South, Puchong South and Pencala toll plazas.
Ong said the government should reconsider its decision to allow the hike as the toll concessionaire had reaped huge profits, based on its latest annual report.
Puchong PKR chief Yaakob Sapari said: "The government is being unfair to the public by allowing the increase as the people are already burdened with the hike in water and electricity tariffs."
Zuhri Iskandar said the memorandum would be forwarded to the company's board of directors.
Fuad said the gatherings by the political parties were considered illegal as they did not obtain permits.
"My officer will lodge a report about the matter and we will investigate under Section 27 of the Police Act for unlawful assembly.
"We used our discretion to allow the gatherings to take place as it wasconducted peacefully and the groups adhered to the 30-minute time given to them to state their opinion," he added
Motorists honked as sign of support for the demosntarors.
Meanwhile, DAP and PKR vowed to stage more protests and demonstration at the LDP toll plazas in the coming week.
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