Govt to complete review of toll operators by end 2018 — Works Minister Baru Bian

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KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 2): Putrajaya is reviewing the operation model for tolls and expects the study to be done by year end, according to the Works Minister Baru Bian.

He said the review will cover the operation model of future tolls including toll prices.

"As it is a big concern to many people, we will try to expedite it. The toll issue is very clear, I think we have made our stand that we are going to review, look at the whole aspect of it, (including) the impact of it, to all the stakeholders," Baru told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.

Noting that the abolishment of tolls is a "very sensitive" matter, Baru said the ministry will make a final decision after it is clear on the implications.

"We also come to understand that the implication [of the toll abolishment] is huge. If we abolish it all at one go, as the previous government said, it could even cost us about RM400 billion," he said.

Nevertheless, he noted that the ministry will not want to rush on this matter.

When asked to comment on whether the government is going back on its promise to abolish toll as stated in the manifesto, Baru said: "In the first place, the manifesto committee has a very good intention. It is not the bible, it's not the Quran, but it's a guide for the new government."