UPDATE: Striking M'sian drivers threaten huge protest again
Malaysian opposition parties Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) have come out in support of the bus drivers who staged a strike at the Johor checkpoint earlier today (Aug 1).
The bus drivers were protesting an increase of more than 400 per cent in toll charges at the Johor Bahru Customs which came into effect today.
Previously, bus drivers paid RM2.30 (S$0.90) one way. Under the revised toll, they could end up paying as much as RM13.30 for a round trip.
The strike ended by mid-morning, after the local authorities promised to look into the revised toll charges.
Irate drivers promise a huge strike next week if they find the decision unacceptable, PKR deputy secretary-general Steven Choong said on Facebook.
This was what he wrote:
Here's what some others thought of the increased charges.
DAP Johor chief Boo Cheng Hau also posted a message on Facebook urging the Johor Bahru Malay Chamber of Commerce, Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Indian Chamber of Commerce to “untie and form an alliance with other non-governmental organisations to fight for a review of the toll hike”.
Sources: Star Online, Facebook, Sin Chew Daily