CAUTI Will Meet With PLUS
by Teresa Kok
(Petaling Jaya, Tuesday): I have today sent and urgent fax to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi and PLUS Chairman Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Mohd Kassim for a meeting with members of the Coalition Against Unfair Toll Increase (CAUTI) which was formed yesterday at the Parliament House to record the protest and outrage of tens of millions of Malaysians over the 10% North South Expressway (NSE) toll hike.
We hope that the Prime Minister, who is still away in New Delhi, could meet with CAUTI on Monday, Dec 27, 2004 and intervene in this matter in the interest of all users of the NSE.
CAUTI will also be paying a visit to PLUS Chairman Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Mohd Kassim on Wednesday, Dec 21, 2004, 11am, to seek a detailed explanation of the toll increase and agree to a two-month deferment of the 10% NSE toll hike from Jan 1, 2005 and to waive its right to claim compensation.
This is important to allow for the fullest and the most comprehensive study by Members of Parliament, consumer organizations, trade unions and the civil society on the far-reaching socio-economic implications of repeated NSE toll hikes. As a public listed company, PLUS owes a corporate social responsibility to convince the skeptical tens of millions of Malaysian expressway users that such toll hike is absolutely necessary and justifiable.
At the same time, CAUTI extends its invitation to all BN MPs and concerned organizations to join the coalition against the unfair NSE toll hike. We hope that BN MPs who had also voiced their objections against the 10% toll hike can follow-up their words with constructive action by joining the coalition to safeguard the interests of NSE users.
* Teresa Kok Suh Sim, MP for Seputeh and Chairperson of the Coalition Against Unfair Toll Increase (CAUTI)