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Monday, April 21, 2008

Pay ERL even if you don't use it: Lop-sided agreement

This many concerned citizens had suspected all along, but because all privatization projects agreements are classified OSA (official secrets act) and the lack of a FOI (Freedom of Information Act, none of us are able to look at the terms of those agreements. OSA are normally only applied to matters related to a nation's security. How on earth Privatization projects agreements can be related to Malaysia's national security needs lots of mental conjuring.

Now the worms are slowly coming out of the cans. In the front page of theSun today, we found that in a lop-sided agreement the Malaysian Government and the Exress Rail Link Sdn. Bhd. (ERLSB), all departing passengers have to pay an extra RM2 for domestic travelers and RM6 for international travelers, incorporated into the airport tax, and this extra RM2 goes to ERLSB coffers. This is for KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) as well as the LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal)

Now ERL is not the only provider of public transport to KLIA and LCCT. There are many other public buses and taxis. How about them? And how about those who travel by their own private vehicles who also have to pay toll? Sound pretty unfair to me.

Comments and opinions highly welcomed. And hopefully, sending this to Yahoo Berita Malaysia group gets through the moderation.

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