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Malaysia to help boost use of public transport in wake of toll increase

The Malaysian government will take steps "to find ways to help improve and boost the use of public transport" after receiving public feedback on new toll rates at the Johor checkpoint.

MALAYSIA: The Malaysian government will find ways to help "improve and boost the use of public transport" to reduce the impact of a recent 400 per cent rise in toll charges at the Johor Bahru Customs.

A statement issued by Malaysia's Ministry of Works on Thursday (Aug 7), said the Malaysian Cabinet met the day before, and took great consideration of public feedback on the new toll fees.

It says Malaysia's Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will work closely with the Ministry of Works, Ministry of Transport and the Johor state government to improve the use of public transport.

"The impact on businesses will be assessed to address the concerns of businesses especially in Johor Baharu, as it is too early to conclude on the impact without proper data," the ministry said. It also says Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will chair a special meeting soon on this, to ensure solutions decided upon are "holistic".

Meantime, some Malaysian bus drivers Channel NewsAsia spoke to say they have opted to use Tuas checkpoint to avoid the toll charges. They also staged a protest last Friday, to voice their dissatisfaction.

"I hope the (Malaysian) government will soon reduce the toll fare. They are doing house visits to enquire about what happened on the day of the strike, and are trying to find out about concerns regarding the toll fares," said one driver.

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