THE prime minister announced during Budget 2011 that the toll rates for four PLUS highways would not be raised over the next five years. It has since been revealed that the federal government may have to pay PLUS up to RM5bil in compensation as a result. Does the government’s action really benefit taxpayers? What could it be doing instead to resolve the issue in the public’s interest?
Corrected at 12.50pm on 20 March 2009 (highway pic © drouu / sxc.hu) WHEN toll concession agreements were declassified in January 2009, it was a milestone for the nation because for the first time ever, these contracts could be scrutinised. To the credit of the DAP, its politicians spent hours copying the agreement by hand […]
(© Roland Maier / sxc.hu) PETALING JAYA, 19 February 2009: A constitutional and corporate lawyer has called for the enactment of an Unfair Public Contracts Act that will allow for lopsided concession agreements to be reviewed. Tommy Thomas said having such a law would make it compulsory for contracts which are against the public’s interest […]
KUALA LUMPUR, 30 Jan 2009: The Pagoh rest and service area at Km 135 of the North-South Expressway (south-bound) will be closed for seven hours from 9am on 3 Feb, Projek Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan Bhd (Plus) said. It said in a statement that the closure was to pave the way for maintenance works on the facility. […]
FOR the week of 22 to 28 Nov, the Chinese media highlighted the toll rebate incentive, the ongoing Pempena scandal; and Negarakuku rapper Wee Meng Chee being in hot water again over a YouTube clip. Oriental Daily‘s Liew Ching Wen reported on 24 Nov that because only 10% of car owners would be able to […]