Cracks emerge in Pakatan Harapan as road toll plan hits bumps

Finance Minister's $2.06b proposal faces opposition from Cabinet

Proponents argue that the RM6.2 billion (S$2.06 billion) Gamuda proposal will become the template for the Pakatan Harapan government's election pledge to scrap charges for highway users. But detractors noted that Kuala Lumpur is overpaying for the Ga
Proponents argue that the RM6.2 billion (S$2.06 billion) Gamuda proposal will become the template for the Pakatan Harapan government's election pledge to scrap charges for highway users. But detractors noted that Kuala Lumpur is overpaying for the Gamuda toll concessions.PHOTO: BERNAMA

An ambitious plan by Malaysia's Finance Ministry to wrest control of a clutch of road toll concessions is exposing cracks in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) ruling coalition.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng's recent announcement on acquiring four toll concessions controlled by publicly listed engineering group Gamuda for RM6.2 billion (S$2.06 billion) is facing opposition from the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Pakatan Harapan leaders and government sources told The Straits Times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2019, with the headline 'Cracks emerge in PH as road toll plan hits bumps'. Subscribe