GEORGE TOWN: Gerakan says it welcomes the Pakatan Harapan government’s move to freeze toll hikes next year but said that it had yet to fulfil its 10-year-old promise to abolish it.
Party deputy president Oh Tong Keong claimed during the campaigning period for the 2008 General Election, DAP leaders promised that the toll in Sungai Nyior, Butterworth would be abolished if they came into power.
“However, after the conclusion of the 2008 General Election, they said they were unable to do so with the reason of not taking over Putrajaya yet.
“However, since DAP is now part of the ruling Pakatan coalition, why haven’t they fulfilled this promise?
“The people are feeling disappointed that despite ruling more than seven months, DAP leaders failed to fulfil their promises made more than 10 years ago,” he said in a statement Saturday (Dec 29).
Oh also questioned why DAP had yet to implement local government elections.
“During their rule of Penang from March 9, 2008 to May 9, 2018 the reason given (for the delay) was due to Barisan Nasional’s grip on Putrajaya and that the Election Commission took orders from the federal government,” he said.
He added even after the recent general election, the “excuse” given was to prevent race-related conflict.
“I want to ask the DAP, if such excuses are not aimed at hoodwinking the people, then what is the intention?” he asked.