Just like the recent Chinese New Year celebration where highways were toll-free, there have been talks about the same initiative for the upcoming Raya festival.
During a recent event in Klang, Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook teased the potential toll rebates confirming that individuals planning to ‘balik kampung’ or return to their hometown this holiday season will certainly receive some “good news”.
The power to announce the toll rebates, according to Loke, rests with either the Works Minister Dato Sri Alexander Nanta Linggi or Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. The “good news” in relation to Aidilfitri is to be announced sometime this week.
Last year, former Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob made toll exemptions and discounts at 30 different highways nationwide during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri period. This resulted in Putrajaya and the concessionaires bearing RM77.11 million in cost of the discounts.
The highways involved in the initiative last year were:
- North-South Expressway
- Elite Highway
- Seremban-Port Dickson Highway
- Butterworth-Kulim Highway
- Malaysia-Singapore Second Link
- Penang bridge
- East Coast Expressway Phases 1 and 2
- Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway
- Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP)
- Grand Saga Highway
- Sungai Besi Expressway (Besraya)
- New Pantai Expressway
- Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (Akleh)
- KL-Putrajaya Highway (MEX)
- Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE)
- SMART tunnel
- Guthrie Expressway
- KL-Kuala Selangor Expressway (Latar)
- Butterworth Outer Ring Road
- Kemuning-Shah Alam Highway
- Kajang Dispersal Link Expressway (SILK)
- Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah bridge (Second Penang bridge)
- South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE)
- SPRINT highway
- Kajang-Seremban Highway (Lekas)
- Senai-Desaru Highway
- West Coast Expressway
Would these same highways offer toll-free or discounted toll this year as well?