No Umno-led BN Govt, No toll hike!

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…

反涨路费联盟揭白蒲大道合约
涨幅早定大道公司成赚钱机器
郭史光庆
07年1月4日 下午2:50
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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(左图)指出,有关合约早已定下白蒲大道从1998年至合约结束的过路费结构,即1998年至2006年1令吉50仙、2007年至2015年2令吉10仙,以及2016年至合约结束3令吉10仙。他强调,政府并没有重新检讨合约更改过路费结构,只能要求降低过路费并作出赔偿,因此政府长期以来借以安抚人民不满的“重新谈判”或“重组合约”等解释,纯属“皮影戏”。他抨击有关合约以不透明的手段擅自定下过路费结构,并要求政府解释,双方是如何制定过路费结构的。当被记者询及究竟是如何获得有关该合约时,蔡添强只表示,这是一名神秘人士冒着高风险,将文件交予他们的。

“交这份文件给我们的人冒着很大的风险,当局可能在较后把这份文件列为官方机密,官方机密法令也具有追溯的权力。但是我们是因为此事涉及公众利益,而不惜冒风险去公布这份文件。”

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。

路费涨幅不受交通流量影响

已研究过该份大道合约内容的蔡添强,指出有关的大道合约只图利大道公司。根据有关合约,过路费的涨幅丝毫不受大道交通流量增加所影响。

蔡添强进一步解释说,若大道交通量剧增,大道公司所收取的过路费比预期的高,或超过大道的建筑成本,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所定下的过路费与涨幅行事。

他强调,合约规定若政府要降低过路费,政府就必须根据合约里的计算方程式作出赔偿,“内阁唯一能够做的只是决定过路费是由人民还是政府负担”。

“越多车辆使用大道,政府和人民就必须付更多钱,不会因为大道公司已回本而减少……过路费不是根据大道公司是否已达致其建筑成本来调整,实际上过路费与建筑成本根本没有关系。”

过路费和赔偿额超过建筑成本

此外,蔡添强也指出大道使用者与政府所缴付予大道公司的过路费和赔偿数额,很有可能早已超过大道的建筑成本。

“政府创造了一个赚钱机器,为什么政府要签下一个这么不公平的合约?”

他也透露,合约内所列明的赔偿计算方程式完全不考虑大道建筑成本,反之却让大道公司牟取暴利。

“方程式与建筑成本完全没有关联,只与大道公司的盈利有关。”

至于赔偿金是否是作为承担大道公司的维修费时,曾经参与牙直利走廊大道的谈判与建筑过程的卡立依布拉欣(右图)则点出,其实维修费只占大道建筑费的区区5%,数额并不大。

回教党财政哈达医生认为,私营化的目的是为了减少政府的负担,不是让私人公司赚取暴利,因此过路费必须随着大道的交通流量进行调整,不是让大道公司在回本后,依然可以调升过路费牟利。

Litrak大道公司去年赚8千万

此外,刘天球(左图)也在记者会上透露,Litrak公司曾经对媒体公布,它在1998年开始运作的3年后已经回本,因此自2002年开始,所收取的过路费在扣除维修费后,都属于该公司的盈利。

他也指Litrak是一家巫统相关公司,若媒体去调查该公司的股东背景就可证明他所言不假。

根据Litrak的2006年度财政报告,该公司赚取了8000万令吉的净利,比起2005年的5600万令吉增加43%。该公司在2006所收取的过路费也创新高,达2430万令吉,比2005年的2270万令吉高出7%。

工程部长三美,曾在去年12月公布巴生河流域5条大道过路费将於今年涨价时透露,由于政府要求降低白蒲大道的过路费,因此每年必须赔偿予大道公司,从1999年至2006年的赔偿总额高达4亿7967万令吉。政府接下来必须在2007至2008年期间作出1亿5000万令吉的赔偿,在加上延长收费1年。白蒲大道的造价为14.2亿令吉。

出席记者会的反对党领袖,也不忘呼吁民众出席抗议大道涨价委员会在星期日(1月7日)下午4时在双威金字塔购物中心前面,所举办的抗议大道涨价集会。

2 Responses to “No Umno-led BN Govt, No toll hike!”

  1. sampalee Says:

    Thank you saudara Ronnie for tirelessly sounding the ALARM.The alarm will not put out the fire,but hopefully will wake up the fire fighter in us to put out the evil flame of umno that destroy all in its path,including malay and non-malays,muslm as well as non-muslim.

  2. wtf Says:

    i’m going broke reloading my bloody touchngo😦

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