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Government Should Impose Fee For Singapore Cars Entering Malaysia - Khairy

KUALA LUMPUR, July 15 (Bernama) -- Umno Youth is proposing to impose a fee on Singaporean cars entering Malaysia to counter Singapore's decision to increase the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) and Goods Vehicle Permit (GVP) permit fee for vehicles entering the republic.

Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said Singaporeans are not charged any fees by the government for cars entering Malaysia, while no action has been taken against those who did not settle their traffic summonses.

"Such action is not fair, because they (Singapore) should reduce and not increase the fee from SGD20 to SGD35 (about RM90). Why not we too collect some revenue from Singapore cars entering Malaysia," he told reporters after chairing an Umno Youth exco meeting, here today.

He said the proposal would be tabled in the cabinet meeting.

Khairy said Umno Youth would also propose that the government study a system that would prevent cars that fail to settle their summons, from entering the country, just like the procedure practiced by Singapore.

"It is time to act, we are losing in terms of revenue, they don't pay the summons, and when they increased the fee, it was the call for us to act," he said.

Meanwhile, Khairy said Umno Youth would submit a memorandum to state its stand on the proposed National Harmony Act which is set to replace the Sedition Act 1948.

The new National Harmony Act will balance the right of freedom of expression as enshrined in the Federal Constitution, while at the same time ensuring that all races and religions are protected

Khairy said the Umno Youth wants a number of redline included as principles that cannot be compromised.

The Umno Youth chief when commenting on a statement by lawyer Datuk Hafarizam Harun that Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) President Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail cannot fit into the Selangor Menteri Besar mould due to her biological factor, said it was his (Hafarizam) personal opinion.

"Personally I feel there is nothing wrong with a women becoming a Menteri Besar and cannot accept the reason given that she cannot accompany the Sultan in religious functions because that is not the only job of a Menteri Besar. That is just a small part," he said.

-- BERNAMA




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