ACID TEST OR ‘SANDIWARA’ FOR AZMIN: Selangor summons state GLCs over LDP, KESAS toll hikes (14.10.15)

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The Selangor government has directed state-owned entities Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS) and Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor (KPS) to explain toll rate increases at two highways in the state, Mentri Besar Azmin Ali said today.

In a series of tweets, Azmin said he has asked both government-linked corporations to attend the Selangor Economic Action Council (MTES) meeting tomorrow as the firms hold minority stakes in the companies running the Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS) and Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP).

“MTES will scrutinise the feedback from PKNS and KPS. The state government’s police is clear in rejecting any toll hike that burdens the rakyat,” he said in a post on the microblogging site.

The Selangor state government owns 30 per cent of Kesas Sdn Bhd through PKNS and a 20 per cent stake in Litrak, the operator for both the Sprint and LDP, via KPS.

Toll rates will increase by between 20 sen and RM3 at highways operated by 11 concessionaires starting tomorrow.

These hikes also include Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway (KLK), Maju Expressway (MEX), Kajang Dispersal Link Expressway (SILK), Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE), SMART Tunnel, KL-Kuala Selangor Expressway (LATAR), Sungai Besi Expressway (Besraya), New Pantai Expressway (NPE), Kajang-Seremban Expressway (LEKAS), and Western KL Traffic Dispersal System (SPRINT).

The announcements come ahead of the Budget 2016, which will be tabled next week.

In August, it was reported that the Cabinet was reviewing proposed toll hikes of between 20 sen and RM1 for 16 highways.

Last November, the government decided to postpone raising the toll rates for 20 highways in the country that were due for increments this year.

Following that, the concession companies were compensated RM558.69 million. – Malay mail

Full article: http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=604657:acid-test-or-sandiwara-for-azmin-selangor-summons-state-glcs-over-ldp-kesas-toll-hikes&Itemid=2#ixzz3oXHCXkJ9

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