Daim: No decision on toll abolishment yet, but must honour Pakatan manifesto

The Pakatan Harapan manifesto included a promise to abolish all toll highways within 100 days of becoming government. — Picture by Choo Choy May
The Pakatan Harapan manifesto included a promise to abolish all toll highways within 100 days of becoming government. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — The Council of Eminent Persons has yet to reach a decision on the abolishment of toll concessions nationwide, said former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin today.

He, however, stressed the importance of honouring the Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto, which includes a promise to abolish all toll highways within 100 days of becoming government.

“Since our formation on Saturday, we have been working non-stop, having many meetings. So far, we have met with key figures and discussed about toll abolishment, among others.

“We have 100 days to complete the promises but no recommendations have been made to the government yet.

“Regardless, it is important for us to honour the manifesto,” he told reporters at a press conference in Ilham Tower here this afternoon.

Yesterday, council member Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz told reporters that the five-person panel wants to find a feasible solution as soon as possible as stakeholders are expected to report back to them next week.

The council met PLUS shareholders including Employees Provident Fund (EPF) chief executive Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan and Khazanah Nasional managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar to discuss the toll-restructuring exercise.

When met at Ilham Tower yesterday, Shahril said toll charges would not necessarily be scrapped as the government is looking for a viable solution that takes into account the substantial investments involved.

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