You know why? It is the time of the year to rename itself to "Beban Negara" otherwise loosely translated as "Deadweight upon the Nation". This time they are raising the toll by 5 % for the North South expressway. The toll rates for five highways - North-South Expressway (Plus), Sprint Highway (Sprint), Ampang Elevated Highway (Akleh), Sungai Besi Highway (Besraya), New Pantai Expressway (NEP) - will go up this Sunday. Beginning March 1, road users for Plus will be paying an extra 0.86 sen per kilometre - from 13.60 sen per km to 14.46 sen per km - a hike of 6.3 percent.
This hike was followed up with a politically correct statement, "The increase should not be seen as burdening the people because the quality of the highways will be ensured". From Malaysiakini.
Who the #$%# really cares for the quality of the highways! We want it cheap, not for the robber barons to laugh all the way to the bank. They built these highways using the peoples money, they further want to suck the people dry by making stupid statements like the above .
Remember how they raised the price of petrol from RM1.92 to RM2.70, what followed was the spiralling cost of consumer goods to an all time high. Then after a time due to the prices of global fuel dropping, they lowered the price of petrol. Of course, the prices of consumer items remained high. There is no way, they are going to lower the prices. Sharir, this "brilliant" Umnoputra who advocated the increase in the first place, is also reported to have said that if drastic cuts are made suddenly petrol stations and dealers will suffer, on the otherhand it was OK for them to reap bumper profits when they increased prices overnight.
This raising of the toll on the 1st March 2009 by 5%, is surely a brilliant move on the part of the BN. This I believe is an attempt to fill it's coffers for the "buy" elections in the two Bukits. They need millions, like in the KT and Permatang Pauh "buy" elections. This is a sure sign that the BN does not care about the sufferings of the people. All they care is about winning. The petrol hikes caused the prices of essentials to spike, this move on the toll will cause a further spike upwards.
This will cause the rapid increase in prices for transport, food, clothing and things which one cannot live without, including your routine "teh tarik" and "roti channai". Many people are being laid off currently due to the economic turbulence worldwide. Malaysia has not been spared either. In other countries they have programs to ease the burden of the people. Here, in Malaysia they increase the burden on the people. You have the BN to thank for this. So people of Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau, show them that you are knowledgeable and all knowing by making sure that the opposition wins by a historic majority. If possible make them lose their deposit. So that these people in the "Beban Rakyat" come down to earth from their high horses with a crash.
They have not yet learnt anything from the 8th March 2008 "tsunami". Let us shock them again, at the Buit Gantang and Bukit Selambau "buy" elections.