The Penang toll tunnel project seems to be turning into a farce. I’ve read the latest response by LGE in pro pr blogs. It’s well written but find it illogical. I must say I take my hats to him for a good spin conning the gullibles.
Now this is what he says. He says he needs the tunnel to solve the traffic woes in Penang. The tunnel apparently comes with other highways. He claims that he has to do the underground tunnel as overhead bridge is under federal jurisdiction. Then he argued that he has to impose toll because if he doesn’t federal government may sue him coz for other bridges there’s toll. The toll to be charged is based on other bridges toll. To compensate the concessionaire, they will give prime land to concessionaire. This project is expected to cost between 6 to 8 billion.
I think LGE is a con artist. You see he has always objected to tolls saying whatever toll imposed is excessive and exhorbitant. In pr manifesto they agree to wipe out toll.
Now he argued that he has to impose toll coz federal government might sue him? He claims in the first place he has the right to build underwater tunnel and federal has no say in it but in the same breath he says the federal government can sue him for not imposing toll on state matter. What a load of bull. If federal government has no right, how can federal government sue?
Then LGE says he’s going to base the toll rate on other bridges toll. He has claimed all the while that BN tolls are excessive but suddenly here wants to impose the same toll rate? Did he forget he promised to do away with the toll? But why is he committing to another 30 years?
It’s getting illogical and weird by the day. If one looks at his Penang toll model, its worse than bn model. In bn privatisation model, concessionaire is only compensated by toll collection which LGE argues as exhorbitant. In Penang model, concessionaire is not only compensated by the toll of the same “exhorbitant” rate but also obtain prime scarce land on Penang. Isn’t this piratisation? Gila bab punya model. I think he just ripped Penang off in the eve of election.
LGE is really a con artist. I’ve not touched on the comedy of the award justification they’re pulling. They have absolutely no experience in doing toll roads and it shows. Many pr supporter goons are too afraid to question this tokong fella. Just ask the same question lah they ask on BN.
That’s what happen when you don’t know what you want. I leave for now. I’ll tell you what our road privatization should be next time as some would already know it from my past write. This pr toll model is ridiculous and worse than our first generation model. Rubbish betul this LGE.