MTUC, PKR, PAS, DAP dan lain-lain persatuan akan menganjurkan demo besar-besaran di Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong pada AHAD 7 Januari 2007 untuk membantah kenaikan tol. Kepada mereka yang prihatin dan ingin turut serta dalam demo ini sila ikuti perkembangan terkini di internet dari masa ke semasa.

Toll hike: Demo planned for Jan 7
KUALA LUMPUR, 18 Dis (Hrkh) - A series of events which culminate with a demonstration on Jan 7, will be organized by the three major opposition parties as well as non governmental organizations and trade union to oppose recently announced toll hike.

The demonstration was planned to be held at the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong(LDP) - one of the five stretches of highway which saw some 20 to 60 percent increase in its rates.

Prior to the demonstration, a memorandum will be sent to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi in Putrajaya at 10am on Dec 27 to oppose the hike.

This will be followed by a forum at 8pm to be held at the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall here on the same day.

A committee against the toll hike chairman Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud said he opposed the hike and expressed disappointment that the government had decided to go ahead with the hike after previous fuel, water and electricity tariff hike.

“The rakyat has to put up with all sort of hikes one after the other and this definitely burden the low and the middle income earner,” he said when met after a recent meeting to oppose the hike.

Among those present at the meeting were PAS treasurer Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli, DAP publicity secretary Theresa Kok, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) information chief Tian Chua, Parti Sosialis Malaysia pro-tem secretary general S. Arutchelvan and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGO).

Strong signal needed from the rakyat

Syed Shahir who is also the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) president said the toll hike would be felt by anyone especially those who resides in the Klang Valley.

“You just can’t go anywhere without paying toll,” he said.

He also said that a lot of workers has been complaining that they were not getting any salary increment but yet they have to keep up with rising cost of living.

“We just have to be sensitive. We can no longer take the approach of being insensitive,” he said.

“ We must send a strong signal that we are serious against the toll hike,” he said adding that otherwise government leaders would be complacent and developed a habit of telling themselves that the rakyat would only “make a noise” just for “two or three weeks”.

He also questioned why the agreement between the concessionaries and the government which provided for the hikes had been kept in a shroud of secrecy.

He also lambasted arguments by the government which said that the hike was still lower to several countries as not being compared fairly.

“You have to look at a lot of things to make a comparison. What about our road quality? How many tunnels or bridges that we have?,” he said

He also noted that in certain countries tolls were meant to keep traffic out of town centres.

“We are being tolled even if we were going out of town,” he said.