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Malaysia mulls ways to mitigate toll hikes at JB checkpoint

The Malaysian government has said it is looking at ways to mitigate the recent toll hikes at the Johor checkpoint, but a review of the toll rates is unlikely to happen for now. 

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government has said it is looking at ways to mitigate the recent toll hikes at the Johor checkpoint, but a review of the toll rates is unlikely to happen for now. The Malaysian government raised toll charges on Aug 1, the same day Singapore increased levies for foreign-registered cars entering the Republic.

The moves have angered Malaysian residents and businesses, who feel they are the casualties in a tit-for-tat war between the two governments. Putrajaya said it is taking "great consideration" of the public's complaints, but Works Minister Fadillah Yusof told Channel NewsAsia a complete review of the toll rates is unlikely to happen.

He said the toll was long overdue, and was introduced only after a two-year study. The government will, however, improve and boost the use of public transport at the border, including introducing feeder buses to ferry workers into Singapore.

Malaysia's Works Ministry and the Land Public Transport Commission have been tasked with collecting data and public feedback. They will present the findings to Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin later this month.

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