MEX Highway earning significant profits while the rakyat will have to pay higher tolls under this BN government

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Serdang and Assistant National Director for Political Education for the DAP, on the 31st of March 2018

In a reply from the Minister of Works yesterday to my parliamentary question on the amount of toll receipts collected by the MEX Highway concessionaire in 2016 and 2017 at the Seri Kembangan exit, it was stated that the total amount of toll receipts collected was RM16.4 million in 2016 and RM19.8 million in 2017.

The Seri Kembangan interchange for the MEX Highway was opened in early January 2016 with a toll rate of RM2.20 for cars heading to and from KL. At the toll rate of RM2.20, this means that the daily traffic for the Seri Kembangan interchange was 20,422 vehicles in 2016 and 24,734 vehicles in 2017. This number is projected to increase in the future.

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Is the embargo on the delimitation exercise issued by the Speaker this morning intended to stifle the upcoming court challenges against the Election Commission?

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Serdang and Assistant National Director for Political Education for the DAP, on the 22nd of March 2018

There were a few unprecedented activities which took place in parliament this morning.

Firstly, the full order paper was not given to the MPs or uploaded to the parliament website until it was past 10am.

Secondly, when the full order paper was released, it was clearly stated that the date of tabling (‘tarikh dibentangkan’) for the Delimitation Exercise Report was the 22nd of March 2018.

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The future of KTM is bleak

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Head of Penang Institute in Kuala Lumpur on the 13th of March 2018

With much recent attention on new public transportation projects such as the LRT Line 3, the MRT Lines 2 and 3, the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) and the KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR), the oldest rail operator in the country, KTM has been largely ignored even though it provides important connectivity within the Klang Valley and is  a major form of inter-city public transportation.

This report by Penang Institute in KL examines in detail the current performance of KTM, the challenges faced as well as the future prospects of the rail operator. In summary, the performance of KTM across all service offerings, with the exception of the ETS, has been declining.

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