Abolish Penang Bridge tolls for motorcyclists or for all users? There’s a third option

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The BN leader has pledged to abolish toll for motorcyclists who use the Penang Bridge if the BN wins.

(To say that Penang would get nothing if the BN doesn’t win was outrageous. After all, Penang folk also pay taxes to federal coffers; so why shouldn’t the federal government fund essential infrastructure projects that would really benefit the people?)

In response, the DAP leader has vowed that Pakatan Harapan would abolish all tolls on the Penang Bridge if the opposition coalition came to power. This may be a ‘populist’ thing to do to win votes – but does it serve the best long-term interest of Penang?

It seems to be like a contest to see who can save Penangites more cash. This is shortsighted on both sides as it does not consider the long-term environmental impact of encouraging even greater use of private motor vehicles.

Instead, the toll collection should be used as a form of congestion or road pricing to control the flow of traffic into the island. The revenue from toll collection, after setting aside a small sum for bridge maintenance, should be used to finance the construction of sustainable mobility options.

Not SRS Consortium’s expensive shopping list of mega transport infrastructure projects though. Let’s go back to the Halcrow transport masterplan and work from there. If we do that, we won’t need to carry out unnecessary land reclamation (eg the three artificial islands project) for high-end housing (that few Penangites will be able to afford) to finance the mega transport projects shopping list.

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Use the Penang Bridge toll revenue to also finance the expansion of the ferry service. Put more ferries into service, build more ferry terminals at different points of the mainland and the island and introduce new ferry routes to crisscross the channel.

The public transport infrastructure should include a cross-channel rail link, an idea that is part of the Penang Forum Agenda 2018. (We missed a golden opportunity to include a cross-channel rail link when constructing the first and second Penang bridges.)

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AnilNetto now more focus on Forum matter, so those who wish to have foreigners views on Penang street food meantime can check out this very recent video by British lads

https://youtu.be/C4YEzEmtJh8

Hopefully after 509 the readers do rejoice for Penang food

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Lim Guan Eng’s press statement on 15 April: Teng contradicts himself when he asks why I pledged to abolish the toll for the First Penang Bridge but not the second one. After attacking me for not abolishing toll on the 2nd Bridge, he asks who will use the 2nd Penang Bridge after the tolls on the first Penang Bridge is abolished. Teng should realise that the usage of the First or 2nd Penang Bridge is determined both by distance and location of where journey begin and the intended destination. Despite the higher toll in the 2nd Penang Bridge as compared… Read more »

Ho Hia Tee
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Ho Hia Tee

Teng being rediculed by Zahid’s left hand gesture on his chin become a a hot GE14 talk as if he hax been “jinak” to become boh hood edisi 2.

Ma jiji
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Ma jiji

Aiyoh, this Teng Chang meoW is another Bozo-clown in Penang who is a real loose cannon.

Mah HS
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Mah HS

Did anyone notice no Gerakan #1 & #2 was present to lend their support to Teng CY when he launched BN manifesto for Penang?

tunglang
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tunglang

See-To: CCCC granted relief to avoid gov’t paying itself GST
https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/420185

If I buy a spare part for Kenari, I will most probably pay 6%GST x how many times of GST depending on how many suppliers this spare part goes thro’.
This is not only GST 6% Absolut Vodka!
Pls don’t spin like an idiot in a math class!

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‘If Chinese firm gets GST relief, so should local companies’ https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/420333 “Based on this reason, then the federal government should also give tax relief from GST to public projects and state government services as well as local councils, which would of course involve public importance,” Sim said in a statement today. He also pointed out that if CCCC, who hires foreign workers from China due to “language accessibility”, can get the tax relief, then the government should also provide the tax relief and other tax incentives to local companies to hire local workers and to raise the minimum wage to… Read more »

MaranMatters
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An electric train / tram on the bridge will ease the jam.

shriek
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shriek

You mean the tram or train starts and stop at both ends? Then both ends will be worse than before and block any vehicles intending to use the bridge if without the final destination in the island and on mainland. You have to ask Dummo and Gilakan central gomen as they had the concessionaire to own the bridge. Pf why not voice out?

Kah Seng
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The government contenders are coming up with half-cooked solution that cannot be taken seriously – like the free port “idea.”

BN, especially, fails in this attempt to be taken seriously. But of course, they don’t aim to work as a state Opposition; they are only looking for easy rewards.

What would happen to the ferry, second bridge, the proposed undersea tunnel (or third bridge) if fees are waived on the first bridge?

A better promise is to transfer the control of ferry from federal government to state government. Also bus service licenses. And release mini bus licenses like in Hong Kong.

glissantia
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glissantia

All govt. taxes/tolls on all vehicles should depend on (a) whether they are private/business (b) excess travel beyond a set allowance (c) payload by weight (c) pollution including greenhouse gases (d) burden to public wealth through potential damage to roads, buried pipes, need for flyovers, etc.

shriek
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shriek

Now a new gen better than earlier settlers. Earlier settlers still gave to pay GST. New gen need not to oay GST

tunglang
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tunglang

After Zahid’s ‘advice’, MCA welcomes voters from S’pore to return
https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/419816

tunglang
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tunglang

Why Is Penang BN chief still supporting unjust 1st Penang Bridge toll?
https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/419934

Cash Is King, Barang Naik BN won’t tell you the 1st Penang Bridge concessionaire sudah dapat durian runtuh for umpteen years!
Now shouting-to-give free use of the Bridge to motorcyclist is sap-sap-sui for these Barang Naik otak udang.
So, be very careful who you vote.

Ho Wan Lai
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Ho Wan Lai

Penang Seniors to be tempted by Teng’s RM300 vs current RM130 ?

RM170 extra can have daily morning look-o for 5 months, BUT the risks are up there.

Ho Wan Lai
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Ho Wan Lai

Typo, should be Free 5 months of kopi o at RM 1.2 daily with extra RM170

tunglang
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tunglang

Drink Kopi-O for fun for 5 months but still have to face Bo Hoot antics to our detriments for the next 4 yrs?
I would rather work harder for a week & earn more than Rm300.
Pride is more valued than being part of Bo Hoot Gilakan!
Vote for DAP, vote for PKR!

shriek
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shriek

Ask gilakan how and where they get the money? Who is anofher generous arab prince or like typical dummo, borrowing exceeds half of gdp?

shriek
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shriek

Unti now did nothing to ask central gomen to transfer transport authority back to state. Either the toll to reduce pricing just to maintain the bridge or the funds to be used to operate train, trams or busways.
Now much road tax paid by pg lang cars and rechannel back to pg? Pf dedak and yet claim to have professionals to look for betterment?

ravicristal
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Total abolishment is right way..but in stages. Maintenance cost incured

Ho Wan Lai
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Ho Wan Lai

Rail link for island and Prai, then to there and from there hail Grab/Taxi to reach home door front? Have anybody done cost analysis, and the intangible outcome of safety aspects if not in the comfort of own transport??? Think and plan in holistic manner.

Norman
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Norman

BN-Umno prihatin towards Mat Motor aka Brother Motor.

KhunPana
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KhunPana

Toll / No Toll or Reduce Toll Rate
Or pay an entry tax for non Penang vehicle registration.

Ma jiji
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Ma jiji

I have got a weird feeling of voting Pakatan Harapan, it’s as if I’m voting for Dr. M or eventually the olden day UMNO !

shriek
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shriek

u vote for one man only

KhunPana
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KhunPana

Its about Najib versus Mahathir this time.
We got no other choice.
But the time is ripe to change the empire.

Teraf
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Teraf

The BN ship is sinking, to be engulfed by Malay tsunami.