PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Najib Razak today hit out at Pakatan Harapan after the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) announced that parking charges had been increased by 50%.
In a Facebook post, Najib said 70,000 parking lots under the council will be “handed over” to a private company this week and the new parking charges will come into effect from April 1.
“It doesn’t matter if you are parking for a half hour or buying a monthly pass; everything increases by 50%.”
He questioned whether the “Harapan Coin” minister is aware of this sudden hike in parking fees, in an apparent reference to Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad, who has been pushing the Harapan Coin cryptocurrency idea.
“Is this among the PH government’s efforts to reduce the cost of living or a present for voting PH there?”
When contacted, an MBSA spokesman said Suasa Efektif, the parking concessionaire, has been managing parking lots in the council area since 1999.
The spokesman said the hourly parking rates will be increased from 40 sen to 60 sen an hour, while the monthly rates will be increased from RM60 to RM90.
MBSA also said the increase is reasonable as the existing rate has been in place since 1998.
“These rates are still the lowest compared to other city councils in Selangor and also in Malaysia,” it said.
It added that although the new rates take effect from April 1, those who still had parking coupons valued at 40 sen could use them until they expired.