There is a strong resistance in the recent toll hike involving vehicles traveling to Singapore and back. The pressure from both sides of the Causeway is for the government to review it.
As a State BN lawmaker from Johor, I think it is essential that the Federal Government stands by the decision made and already implemented, or we will be held at ransom on every policy that we make henceforth.
We may think that a review after a decision is made of a government policy reflects on our willingness to listen to the people but on the contrary it will exhibit our weakness and inability to thouroughly weigh the viability of a prospect while exhausting all possible measures before arriving at a decision.
Even more pathetic, if the review results in benefitting foreigners piggy-backing on our citizens servicing their nation.
First of all, most of the Malaysian motorists who work in Singapore travel on motorcycles and will not be affected.
Secondly, those who drive motorcars and lorries supplying goods and fresh food products keeping Singapore alive and healthy can surely afford to pay the toll.
Thirdly, the buses carry about forty passengers each and it costs less than forty sen per passenger a day which should be borne by the company or factory that employs the transport service, not the workers.
Taxis can transfer the charges to their passengers and since the charge is universal across the board barring motorcycles, the preference will remain the same in the service of the other vehicles.
No changes in the pattern there except if they all decide to ride motorbikes instead, which is unlikey, meaning the demand for the type of transport services are fixed.
Fourthly, they already have an alternative route which is via the second link if they want to avoid the toll at the Causeway.
Finally, the toll only applies to the vehicles going to and coming from Singapore. It is free for the rest of the motorists using the EDL in Johor.
In Conclusion, This Is No Time To Flip-Flop And Become Fickle. That Is The Way Of The Government Of The Past.
This Is The Time To Show Strong And Responsible Leadership Sending A Message To Our Neighbours That We No Longer Offer "Lunches For Free".