Najib: GST Unpopular But Had to Be Done, Tolls Should Be Abolished

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The PM on unravelling legacy problems and decisions not of interest to the rakyat.

Being prime minister of the country is no easy feat and sometimes unpopular decisions need to be made for the benefit of the people, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said.

He cited the example of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as an unpopular and tough decision, but one that had to be carried out.

“It’s not easy to be Prime Minister, people always look at the nice part, the anguish you face with the kind of tough decisions you have to make knowing it is the right one is hard,” he said.


Najib said that while his job seemed easy or “nice” to some, difficult decisions had to be made for the greater good while decisions such as abolishing tolls was a popular one.

He also said tolls are not good for Malaysians and they should be abolished.

Najib said he is looking to abolish tolls wherever possible and claims to be unlike his predecessor, who was a great believer in tolls.

“Wherever I can I will abolish tolls, it causes heartache and traffic jams.”

Najib, however, said that in order to accomplish this, he would have to unravel decisions made before his time as prime minister.

“I will have to unravel some legacy problems, I will unravel whatever I think is not of the interest of the people of Malaysia,” said Najib at the Budget 2018 forum on the economy at the UKM Medical Centre.

“This is why the Pan-Borneo highway does not have any tolls and we have abolished toll collection at the Batu Tiga, Sungai Rasau, Bukit Kayu Hitam and Eastern Dispersal Link routes.” – MMO