GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government has been asked to abolish the toll for motorcycles at the Penang Bridge so as to protect the welfare of the lower-income group, and to fulfil its 14th general election (GE14) promise.
Mohd Yusni Mat Piah (PAS-Penaga) said the proposal was also in line with the call made by Penang Yang di-Pertua Negeri Abdul Rahman Abbas who wanted the state government to ensure the group was well taken care of.
He said the proposal could also be regarded as a mark of appreciation to the voters for giving Pakatan Harapan (PH) the mandate to successfully form the state and federal government
“In appreciation of the voters, especially motorcyclists who are from the low- and middle-income groups, they should be allowed to use the route without having to pay any toll,” he said when debating the motion of thanks for the Penang Yang di-Pertua Negeri’s address at the state assembly sitting here today.
He said the bridge concessionaire collected RM667,788 from motorcyclists and over RM10 million from car users every month.
Meanwhile, Daniel Gooi Zi Sen (DAP-Pengkalan Kota) urged the government to hold more sessions on the Pan Island Link 1 to get feedback from all quarters before its implementation.
He said this was necessary because certain quarters were trying to cast negative aspersions on the project, which was meant to reduce traffic congestion.
The assembly sits again tomorrow.