KUALA LUMPUR: Higher toll fares is not the answer to cut down traffic jam on the highways, said MCA Publicity Bureau chairman Senator Datuk Chai Kim Sen.
He was referring to a proposal by Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof who had on Monday suggested increasing the fares during peak hours as a way to ease road congestions.
He said it was a wrong approach to solve the problem as it would only add financial burden to the people.
He called on the Government to improve the current public transport network instead.
â€œTraffic jam cannot be avoided during peak hours when most people are going to work and heading back home but a good system will encourage them to take public transport and reduce the number of vehicles on the roads,â€ said Chai.
He also called on the Government to promote carpooling as an alternative measure to reduce traffic jam.
â€œIf given a choice, I am sure that most Malaysians would want to avoid being caught in a jam as it is a waste of time. So, the plan to up the toll fares as a means of traffic control is simply not feasible,â€ he added.