Pakatan Harapan's (PH) pledge for toll-free highways is unlikely to be fulfilled, as Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir now says that it is not possible to have highways without imposing tolls
Tun Dr. Mahathir also revealed that he was initially against putting the pledge in PH's election manifesto
Citing England as an example, Tun Dr. Mahathir elaborated that the only way to have entirely toll-free highways would be to raise the price of petrol
According to news reports, Mahathir pointed out that England does not have toll roads, but the country imposes a heavy tax on petroleum. In the event that the price of petroleum increases, the tax will also be increased.
He also said that private sectors would be reluctant to maintain or build new roads if the government were to do away with tolls entirely, as they will not be able to make money from such projects.
The prime minister had previously admitted that the government is facing difficulties in fulfilling its election manifesto: