Malaysia’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said that road tolls are not good for Malaysians and should be abolished.
Speaking at the Budget 2018 forum on the economy at the UKM Medical Centre, he said that unlike his predecessor – whom he did not name – he did not believe in tolls.
“Wherever I can, I will abolish tolls. It causes heartache and traffic jams,” he was quoted as saying in a Malay Mail Online report.
“I will have to unravel some legacy problems, I will unravel whatever I think is not of the interest of the people of Malaysia.”
He said that this is why there are no tolls on the Pan Borneo Highway and toll collection was abolished at the Batu Tiga, Sungai Rasau, Bukit Kayu Hitam and Eastern Dispersal Link routes last month.
Najib had previously called Dr Mahathir Mohamad “the father of tolls”, accusing the former prime minister of entering into agreements that benefited cronies at the expense of the people during his tenure.
In January, Dr Mahathir, who leads opposition party Pakatan Harapan, said that tolls were necessary to defray the costs of building and maintaining expressways and roads, reported the Malaysian Digest.
“If there were no tolls, it will be hard to maintain the North-South Expressway,” said Dr Mahathir.