MANY CONSIDERATIONS: Federal government should have given more thought before announcing acquisition
JOHOR BARU: THE Federal government should have taken a more in-depth look at the different issues at hand before deciding to take over the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) from Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd (MRCB), said Pulai member of Parliament Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.
Nur Jazlan said the move by the government would complicate matters for the many parties involved.
"There are considerations such as the current loan servicing and costing for MRCB, among various other factors," he said.
The EDL, which opened in April this year, became a hot topic following the RM15.30 toll rate announced for highway users to and from Singapore.
Nur Jazlan, who is also Pulai Umno chief, commented on this issue during the recent joint Uda Holdings and Pulai constituency Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house at the Tan Sri Mohamed Rahmat Complex here.
More than half of Pulai's 280,000 residents, of whom 98,000 are registered voters, reside in Johor Baru and are regular users of the EDL which has yet to start toll collection.
The Federal lawmaker, who has been known to be vocal on various issues, said it would make more sense for MRCB to maintain the ownership of the EDL project and just reposition the toll collection booth.
"Right from the start, it was agreed that the link was just to be an alternative and convenient route for Johor Baru's motorists," said Nur Jazlan.