PM Najib Says Tolls Should Be Abolished Because They're "Not Good" For Malaysians

"It causes heartache and traffic jams."

Cover image via Malay Mail Online

Earlier today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak expressed his dislike of tolls at the Budget 2018 forum on the economy at the UKM Medical Centre

According to Malay Mail Online, Najib said that he did not believe in tolls and would abolish them wherever possible, unlike his predecessor who was a "great believer in tolls".

"Wherever I can I will abolish tolls, it causes heartache and traffic jams," he said.

Image via KLIA2

However, to accomplish that, Najib said he would have to undo decisions made by his predecessors

Najib said he would have to unravel some "legacy problems" that have been in place since before his time as prime minister.

"I will unravel whatever I think is not of the interest of the people of Malaysia," he added.

Nonetheless, Najib admitted that abolishing tolls isn't easy about 23 minutes into the discussion at the hour-long forum.

“Take for instance abolishing tolls, oh very easy. It’s actually not, but I don’t believe that if you are charged toll a daily basis, it’s good for the rakyat,” he said.

Najib also listed the tolls that have been abolished around Malaysia recently

He told the audience that his dislike of tolls is why the Pan-Borneo Highway does not have any tolls. 

"We have abolished toll collection at the Batu Tiga, Sungai Rasau, Bukit Kayu Hitam, and Eastern Dispersal Link routes," he added.

The forum Najib spoke at was on the effects of the 2018 budget on Malaysian households at the UKM Medical Centre. You can watch it in full here:

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