Sunday, February 11, 2007

Outcry against Controversial BORR' Toll

The road section from Sungai Nyior Toll Plaza to Kubang Semang Toll which 5km in distance, was part of construction of North-South Higway, and then transferred under Butterworth-Kulim Expressway, and now under Butterworth Outer Ring Road(BORR). A new toll plaza has erected at Sungai Nyior after completion of BORR.

Sungai Nyior Toll Plaza will separate the North and South of Seberang Jaya. It is estimated about 150 000 vehicles passing the road daily. The Toll Plaza would affect 300 000 people who stay at Kulim, Bukit Mertajam, Butterworth, Kepala Batas, Sungai Dua and Tasik Gelugor, including working people and students who are going to Penang, Butterworth, Ferry Terminal, Railway Station etc.
Below is the resolution passed during a public meeting on 11 February (in 3 languages).

Tan Sri Koh Tsu KoonKetua Menteri Pulau Pinang
Memorandum:Permintaan Memansuh Sungai Nyior Tol Plaza

Kami menyeru kepada Kerajaan untuk melambatkan kutipan tol di Jalan Sungai Nyior atas sebab-sebab berikut:
1. Penduduk-penduduk di Prai dan selatan Kedah telah lama membantah kutipan tol di Sungai Nyior, dan ini telah menyebabkan mereka meminta satu pertemuan dengan Kerajaan; Kutipan tol harus ditangguh sehingga terdapat hasil dari pertemuan tersebut;
2. Toll tersebut akan dikenakan atas suatu jalan yang asalnya tidak ada tol -ini telah mencetuskan bantahan. Setahu kami jalan tersebut adalah sebahagian daripada Jalan Butterworth-Kulim dan telah dipakai lebih 10 tahun. Mengkutib tol di jalan yang asalnya tiada tol adalah tidak munasabah, tidak adil dan membebankan penduduk di Prai dan selatan Kedah;
3. Proses untuk memulakan kutipan tol kurang transparen sehingga penduduk susah dapat maklumat yang berkenaan, kurang fahaman dan seterusnya melahirkan resah gelisah. Wakil-wakil rakyat setempat juga pernah melahirkan bantahan terhadap tol tersebut dan inginkan Kerajaan memberi perhatian kepada pendapat penduduk setempat dan pengguna BKE;
4. Kumpulan kami bersama penduduk di Seberang Prai dan selatan Kadah telah meluluskan satu resolusi di satu rapat umum pada 11hb Fed 2007, diadakan di gelanggang bola keranjang di bangunan Hungry Ghost Festival di Zon A Seberang Jaya, sebulat suara menyeru supaya Kerajaan menunjuk keperhatinan terhadap pendapat penduduk setempat, menjelaskan proses kutipan tol, dan menagguhkan kutipan tol di Sungai Nyior dengan tujuan memansuhkan toll tersebut.

Barisan Membantah Tol di Sungai Nyior


Tan Sri Koh Tsu KoonKetua Menteri Pulau Pinang

Memorandum:Appeal to abolish Sungai Nyior Toll Plaza
We hereby resolve to appeal for a delay in the starting of toll collection at Sungai Nyior, based on the following considerations:

1.There has been persistent opposition to the toll collection from the public -which lead to a request from residents from Prai and Southern Kedah for a meeting with the State Government; The toll collection should be delayed pending outcome from the meeting;

2. The toll plaza would be built along a non-toll road and this had become controversial; According to our understanding the road concerned originally has been part of the Butterworth-Kulim expressway and had been open to traffic for over 10 years. To collect toll on an originally non-toll roag is unreasonable and unfair, besides being an economic burden to road users in Prai and southern Kedah;

3. The setting up of toll collection at Sungai Nyior lack transparency-causing residents to be unable to access relevant information, un-informed and to start making quesries. The people's representatives within this area had also raised objection to the toll collection and request the relevant authority to heed public opinions;

4. The action committee, together with residents in Prai and southern Kedah, had approved a resolution on Feb 11th 2007 at a public meeting held in a basketball court in Hungry Ghost Festival Association premise, at Zone A Seberang Jaya, unanimously request the government to pay attention to the sentiments of the people, make a full disclosure of the the entire process, and to delay the commencement of the toll collection -with the aim to abolish the toll collection all together.

Anti-Sungai Nyior Highway Toll Collection Alliance


双溪育收费站收费站建在原本不收费的公路上,引起非议,据本联合行动委员会了解,该路段原属於北海居林高速大道的部份,同时该也存在逾10多年,在该原来不收费的主干公路设立收费站及收费, 是不合理及不公平的,+++++++(此外据了解,北海居林高速大道已有两个收费站,该收费站应已加入双溪育收费站路段的收费,等於双重收费)++++++++++,这将加重威省及吉南等地区公路使用者及居民的经济负担。


some related news report:
BN leaders want reasonable toll rates at Sg Nyior Plaza

BUKIT MERTAJAM (Feb 9, 2007): Barisan Nasional (BN) component party leaders have appealed to the central government to consider a reasonable toll rate for motorists using the road that links Seberang Jaya and Butterworth.

A toll plaza at Sungai Nyior has been built to facilitate toll collection from motorists using the road which is part of the Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR) project.

Locals were not satisfied with the move to impose the toll, which some believed, would take effect this Feb 16, as the road was an existing one linking the two areas, reports Bernama today.
As such, all the chairmen of BN component parties from Permatang Pauh, Bukit Mertajam, Bagan and Batu Kawan decided to go public and voice out the people's grievances over the situation.

In a press conference attended by the leaders here today, Permatang Pauh BN chairman Datuk Abdul Jalil Abdul Majid said he believed the toll will be a burden to the people there as they used the road frequently to go to work and send their children to school every day.

"The people will not mind paying the toll if it is a new road or an alternative one for them. The problem is the road has been there all this while and they have been using it for free," he said.
He said a letter of appeal had been sent to Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, and its copies to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Penang Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon today.

As the ruling party, the BN government must always be sensitive to the people's needs and it was only proper that the appeal received the government's consideration, he said.

Apart from the Sungai Nyior Toll Plaza, two more toll plazas are being built along the BORR stretch in Perai and Bagan Ajam but these two toll plazas involve the construction of new highways.
5 days reprieve for BORR's toll
10 February 2007 - 6:01pm

Saturday February 10, 2007(Star)

Butterworth Outer Ring Road toll postponed

SUNGAI SIPUT: Toll for the RM700mil Butterworth Outer Ring Road will only be charged from Feb 20 instead of Feb 15, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said Saturday.
Samy Vellu said the extension was made following appeals by Penang Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.
The toll rates will be announced on Monday by the ministry's director-general, Samy Vellu added.

Effective last Jan 15, BORR concessionaire, Lingkaran Luar Butterworth Sdn Bhd had opened these new roads for free for one month.

February 10, 2007 15:40 PM

Toll On Butterworth Outer Ring Road Postponed To Feb 20

SUNGAI SIPUT, Feb 10 (Bernama) -- Toll on the Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR) in Penang will be imposed only on Feb 20, five days later than scheduled, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said Saturday.He said the postponement was made at the request of Penang Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.The rate of toll to be collected at three places - Sungai Nyior, Perai and Bagan Ajam - would be announced on Monday by the director-general of the Public Works Department, he told reporters after giving away Chinese New Year gifts to the people, here.BORR concessionaire Lingkaran Luar Butterworth (LLB) Sdn Bhd had opened the 19-km expressway for use free of toll charges for a month from Jan 15.The expressway has six elevated interchanges and a bridge over the Sungai Perai. It begins west of the Jalan Baru Interchange with the North-South Expressway (NSE) and ends at the Sungai Dua Interchange with the NSE.Samy Vellu said more than RM700 million had been spent on the BORR which will help ease traffic congestion as well as facilitate users in getting to the port and the NSE.He said users had the choice of alternative roads if they did not want to use the toll road.Yesterday, the chairmen of Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties in Permatang Pauh, Bukit Mertajam, Bagan and Batu Kawan in Penang appealed to the federal government to consider a reasonable rate of toll on the BORR.They sent their appeal letter to Samy Vellu and copies to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Koh.There have also been protests from several people on the proposed imposition of toll in Sungai Nyior because they claim the road there is an existing one and not new.Samy Vellu also said that he would lead a delegation to Ghana to explore opportunities in the construction industry and infrastructure development in the African country.He said several memoranda of understanding would be signed between the governments of Malaysia and Ghana, which would provide opportunities for Malaysian contractors to participate in development projects in Ghana.Samy Vellu said that after the Ghana trip, the delegation might also visit Kenya to seek similar opportunities.-- BERNAMA

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