Balakong MCA candidate pledges to bring up toll issue

Esther Landau and Rohaniza Idris

BALAKONG: MCA’s Balakong by-election candidate Tan Chee Teong will bring up the toll issue at the state assembly sitting (DUN) if he is given the mandate by the people.

He said the toll rates should be reduced if the state government did not want to abolish it.

He said it was as if Balakong residents were trapped because there were at least six tolls in the area, including in Batu 9, Batu 11, Besraya, Sungai Balak, Sungai Ramal and Kajang Utama.

“I will bring up the toll issue at the state assembly sitting to ensure that the tolls are abolished,” he said during a visit to one of the dengue-prone areas in Taman Seri Cheras, here, today.

“But, if they don’t want it to be abolished, then at least please reduce the toll rates.”

Responding to a claim by Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) Balakong by-election candidate Wong Siew Ki that MCA had stolen PH’s manifesto promise on the abolition of road tolls, Tan said it was better to put that matter aside and focus on solving the people’s problems.

“Why do we need to focus on whether it was stolen or not? Let’s just put that aside,” he said, adding that such attacks by his opponent did not bother him at all.

“Do I want to focus on that? Right now, we need to focus on solving issues like the irrigation system and garbage issue.

“Saying that I stole their manifesto is not the way to solve this problem.”

In a press statement issued earlier, Tan said he was shocked that Wong had asked a reporter to refer a question on toll abolition to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng as it was a federal issue.

“If Wong were to refer to her party leaders on every single matter, what is the point of electing her as their assemblyman? said Tan.

“She will only serve as a messenger for the state and federal governments, and not really represent the people.

“It must be pointed out that Pakatan Harapan had promised in its manifesto to abolish tolls.

“Wong should work to ensure that she can push through on this promise, unless Wong does not have confidence in Pakatan’s ability to fulfil its promise. If that is true, then how can she be expected to fulfil her own manifesto promises?” © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd