BALAKONG, Aug 24 2018 : Tan Chee Teong, the MCA candidate for the Balakong by-election wants the toll at several exits and entry points of highways in the constituency to be either abolished, or reduced.
He said residents in the state constituency were in a way “trapped” because every trip they made would inevitably take them through no less than six toll stations.
“They include the toll stations at Batu 9, Batu 11, Besraya, Balak River, Sungai Ramal and Kajang Utama.
“I will bring up the toll issue (if I am elected) at the Selangor State Assembly. It has to be abolished but if that cannot be done, then the toll must be reduced,” he told reporters after inspecting the drainage and dumping of garbage at Taman Seri Cheras, near here which is said to have attributed to a large number of dengue cases in the area.
Tan, 40, who is a committee member of the Bangi MCA (before the redelineation of Serdang) faces Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate Wong Siew Ki, 32, from the DAP in a straight fight.
The by-election is being held following the death of incumbent Eddie Ng Tien Chie in a road accident on July 20.
Tan also took a swipe at his opponent Wong saying that she should be courageous and responsible in answering questions regarding highway tolls.
“The PH election manifesto states that it wants to abolish tolls, so it should be Wong’s responsibility, being a member of the ruling coalition to answer questions on the matter (to the people in Balakong), instead of shifting the blame to the federal government,” Tan added in a statement.
On the rising number of dengue cases which saw Selangor recorded the highest figures, Tan said he planned to study current state regulations and laws to tighten enforcement on the illegal dumping of rubbish, as well as to improve the area’s drainage systems.
“I will also look at the funds available so that changes can be made with regard to illegal dumping and drainage. In fact, the government’s reserves should not be for savings, but used effectively for the good of the people,” he said. – Bernama