Najib slams PH ‘U-turn’ on abolishing tolls

Former prime minister Najib Razak.

PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Najib Razak today mocked the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government for saying it is impossible to build highways without collecting toll despite the coalition’s promise to abolish toll collection before the May 9 polls.

In a Facebook post, he said prior to taking over Putrajaya, PH had indicated that abolishing tolls could be easily done.

Some PH MPs had even produced videos and designed posters about scrapping toll collection, he said.

“Now that they are the government, they say it is impossible to build highways without tolls,” he said, adding that such things would happen when insincere promises are made.

He was responding to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who said yesterday that it was not possible to have highways without imposing toll collection as well.

He also revealed that he had been against the pledge for toll-free highways in the PH manifesto.

“We made the manifesto thinking we would not be the government. Now we are the government, and this manifesto is a big burden.

“At that time, I was against it. The only way to have freeways and no toll is to raise the price of petrol,” he said.