Jan 7, 2007

Thousands at toll hike protest (updated)

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Demonstrators chant slogan in front of riot police during the toll hike protest in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007. Malaysian government has announced steep hikes of up to 60 percent in tolls for highways in and around the capital, a move that comes amid public criticism and fears of inflation following an increase of about 20 percent in fuel prices in February, an 12 percent rise in power tariffs in June and water tariffs were also raised last month.

(MalaysiaKini) More than 1,000 people from all walks of life today gathered along the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP) highway to protest against the recent toll hike in five Klang Valley highways.

The two-hour protest started opposite the Sunway Pyramid shopping complex and also attracted hundreds of spectators.

The protestors demanded the government reverse the increases and reveal agreements with highway operators.

About 500 police personnel, including the anti-riot unit from the federal reserve force, were there to keep a watchful eye on the protesters.

Beginning Jan 1, the toll rates for five highways increased between 20 to 60 percent. LDP saw the highest rise with its toll rising from RM1 to RM1.60.

The other four highways are Shah Alam Highway, Cheras-Kajang Highway, Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway and Guthrie Corridor Expressway.

The protest today was organised by the anti-toll rise coalition which is made up of opposition parties, non-government organisations, unions and several civil society movements.

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