Media statement by Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, DAP CEC member and NGO bureau chief on Thursday, January 04, 2007 in Kuala Lumpur
Umno-led BN Govt signed away our rights to Litrak and other toll concessionaires
The Coalition Against Toll received a copy of the agreement signed between the Government and Litrak,the toll concessionaire of the highly lucrative LDP Highway. This is the first time the coalition has obtained such an agreement. An initial reading confirmed beyond doubts that the agreement was lopsided and totally in favour of the toll concessionaire.
Litrak, just like any other toll concessionaires in the country, is an Umno related company. Irama Duta holds 51% shares and the remaining 49% goes to Gamuda. Just like Grand Saga (the toll concessionaire of Cheras –Kajang Highway), Litrak has recovered all its building cost just a few years after its operation in 1998. The company has all together 34 years to collect toll. Most parts of the LDP Highway were existing roads except for two new roads (the Kg Sg Penchala section and a new road over the mining pond and Sg Klang to Sunway Interchange on the Shah Alam Epressway).
Litrak was allowed by the BN Government to build 4 toll plazas along the LDP. The Government also allowed the Concessionaire to fix the Agreed Toll regardless of how much profit the concessionaire has made during the tenure of agreement! The Agreed Toll was also fixed without factoring the increase of traffic volumes over the years. There is no rationale and justification for such a lopsided agreement.
Just take the example of Class 1 Vehicle (ordinary passenger cars you and I were driving) that passing through the Sunway LDP toll plaza as an illustration. Under the agreement, from 1998 to 2006, the road-users supposed to pay RM1.50 ; from 2007 to 2015, the fee supposed to be increased to RM2.10; and from 2016 to end of concession period, it will be increased to RM3.10. Now, because of the protest from the Coalition Against Toll in 1998, it was slashed to RM1.00 instead of RM1.50; but the Government has to pay the full compensation (RM85 million) to Litrak to make up for for the shortfall. So, Litrak not only loses nothing in revenue, it also got to receive compensation from the Government well in advance on top of getting extension of toll collection for another one year. This year, the toll fee was fixed at RM2.10 according to the agreement. It was again slashed to RM1.60 following the protest from the Coalition. But the Government has no choice but to pay compensation in advance to Litrak.S. SamyVellu has said that the new toll rate will be effective from now until 2010; and during this period, the taxpayers (through the Government) has to pay RM150 million and grant another one year to Litrak).
This will happen again in 2011 and later years because the BN Government has already committed “generously” on behalf the rakyat to Litrak in the lopsided agreement. Please also take note that in the event of heavy losses, the Government must buy back the toll company as a bailout. There is really no risks involved for the toll companies. The Seremban-Port Dickson Highway was a classic example. The Coalition (make up of MTUC, Jerit, Suaram, Youth4change and opposition parties like DAP, PAS, Parti Keadilan Rakyat and PSM) is now challenging the BN government to disclose all the agreements signed with the toll concessionaires if they have nothing to hide. Let the people be the judge. The Coalition also wanted the Government to suspend the toll increase and immediately start a reviewing process of all agreements signed with toll companies. So, asking the Government to reduce the toll fees now is never a solution thanks to the lopsided agreement. Litrak and all other toll concessionaires will be more than happy to accept the arrangement as they get to receive the compensation well in advance without losing a single sen in toll collection. What is the way out for the rakyat then? The real solution lies in changing the government. Only a change in government would allow a review of all agreements signed with the Umno or Umno related toll companies with the new government. There is no two ways about it.
It appears to all that demonstrations would not make the arrogant BN government leaders to change their minds. So what is the use of this coming Sunday demonstration to be held at the Sunway Pyramid shopping centre? The demo is to mark the protest of the Malaysian people against the hefty (60% increase) toll hike. It also serves to wake up Malaysians who are still ‘sleeping”, thinking that they have voted for a government that cares for their interest. The Coalition has invited the top guns from various NGOs and opposition parties to address the people on the issue of toll hike.
Please bring your friends and families along. C U on Sunday! Malaysiakini has a story…
|反对过路费涨价联盟今日揭露国阵政府一直以来当作机密文件拒公布的大道特许经营合约内容。他们发现早制定大道过路费的涨幅，不仅丝毫不受交通流量的影响，政府也无权重新检讨合约或调整过路费，一切都必须按照合约行事。人民公正党财政卡立依布拉欣与宣传主任蔡添强在今日公布工程部与大道公司Lingkaran Trans Kota私人有限公司（简称Litrak）所签下的白蒲大道合约时，痛批政府心甘情愿签下的合约，竟罔顾人民的利益。他们甚至公开挑战政府公布其他大道的合约，因为相信其他合约的内容与上述合约大同小异。神秘人甘冒风险交出合约
蔡添强及卡立依布拉欣是在今日连同行动党非政府组织局主任刘天球、回教党财政哈达医生（Dr.Hatta Ramli）、人民公正党副总秘书西韦尔（Xavier Jayakumar）和最高理事山努西（Sanusi Osman），一起在十五碑的公正党总部，以反对大道涨价委员会的名义召开记者招待会。