Price increases driving Malaysian consumers crazy

Price increases driving Malaysian consumers crazy

PETALING JAYA - With the sugar, fuel and cigarette price increases and an impending electricity tariff hike, a planned toll hike is driving consumers round the bend.

Teacher Roger Ho, 28, said his toll costs would go up by RM4 daily if the proposed hike, as posted on Facebook, is to be believed.

"I travel (here) fr om Serdang daily, which costs me RM8.20 (S$3.17) both ways. With the hike, it will cost RM12.20 - the price of a pack of cigarettes!" he said, following a statement by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar that the increase in toll rates was unavoidable.

Consultant Ray Duddaver, 40, lives in Kajang and currently spends RM5.90 daily on tolls.

"According to the price list floating around online, after Jan 1, I will be paying RM8.40 daily. That's a RM50 monthly increase!"

Research analyst Gerard Lye, 23, spends about RM25 a month on tolls. The hike will see him spending an extra RM15 monthly, he said.

"The hike would force me to choose toll-free roads which are further and often more jammed.

"I have to gauge which is worth it - using less petrol and paying more toll or wasting petrol in traffic jams."

Taxi driver V. Muniandy who runs the Klang-Shah Alam route says the increase in toll rates will affect the livelihood of cabbies.

"We just incurred an increase in petrol price and this impending toll hike will drain us," he said, adding the only way to counter the toll hike would be for them to increase their fares.

Meanwhile, 23-year-old Rachel Yong hopes the Government would improve public transport if it intends to go ahead with increasing toll rates.

"If toll rates go up, I will have to raise my rates and pet owners may choose to hire more established pet transporters," said Kavitah.

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