Taking credits from other’s hard work is earlier closely associated with Penang DAP-led Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng only but now as the ally in Selangor PKR-led sees that it works well with him, Azmin Ali the Selangor Menteri Besar too will not miss that chances.
Both seem to face sets of their own failures to take Penang and Selangor to a better height, need desperate measures to restore the confidence of their people on all the mistakes and failures of their administration respectively.
At best, they will have to take credits from Barisan Nasional’s performance.
As soon as PM Najib announced that 2 toll plazas in Batu Tiga and Sungai Rasau to be abolished by early 2018, Azmin lauded the people of Selangor for their continued insistence that it was part of the struggle he leads in his official Twitter account.
It is too unfortunate nowadays for these self-proclaimed good leaders from Pakatan Harapan, all their lies are instantly discovered by the public themselves. In fact, they are corrected in the next instant by officials and respective ministers or Barisan Nasional leaders with undoubted facts and figures.
For instance, Works Minister Datuk Fadhillah has personally replied to Azmin’s Twitter to correct his shameful claims. Despite it was the Selangor rakyat’s request to abolish those 2 tolls, yet it was the UMNO leaders from Selangor who made it happened.
Datuk Fadhillah disclosed that Selangor UMNO leaders have held meetings with him that their requests to be addressed by PM Najib Razak in the 2018 Budget.
It is indeed appalling when Azmin failed to reply and left the countering unanswered. Simultaneously, Datuk Fadillah has proven that Azmin is wrong and yet barefacedly claimed on the efforts of others.
In the next 24 hours later, the responsible official from PLUS Malaysia Bhd (PLUS) has clarified that what was announced by PM Najib in the 2018 budget to end the toll collections in Batu Tiga and Sungai Rasau to be correct and undisputed.
Either Azmin and Selangor Pakatan Harapan are ignorant or they deliberately put out of sight what was announced by PLUS on 18 April 2015.
PLUS in fact stated clearly in their statement that the concession agreement of these two toll plaza should have ended in 2018 but was extended until 2038. This decision is in line with the revisions made in 2011 that extend PLUS concession agreements across all toll plazas to 2038.
Above all, upon the restructuring exercise, in the 2011 concession agreement, users on both routes only need to pay at half rate, yet PLUS and the government have maintained toll rates in all its highways since 2005.
Should Pakatan Harapan intends to eliminate all toll charges if, given the mandate to hold the reins of the federal government after GE14, it would be better to start with tolls in Penang and Selangor.
If any of the Selangor people have forgotten, didn’t Azmin once admitted that it will be too impossible to reduce the toll rates for Kesas and Sprint routes? Even if to lower toll rates in Selangor which is within their purview and obviously Azmin is lacking in his guts, can we ever trust that Pakatan Harapan will be able to wipe out all toll charges in the future?