Malaysia Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has announced a four-day free ‘Rahmah’ toll for all highway users in conjunction with this year’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
Highway users will be able to return to their hometown for free from starting at 12:01 am on 19 April 2023 (Wednesday) until 11:59 pm on 21 April 2023 (Friday) and starting at 12:01 am until 11:59 pm on 24 April 2023 (Monday).
The list of 33 highways that are involved with the provision of free tolls:
North-South Expressway (PLUS)
North-South Expressway Central Link (ELITE)
Seremban – Port Dickson Highway (SPDH)
Second Route Malaysia – Singapore (LINKEDUA)
Butterworth – Kulim Highway (BKE)
Penang Bridge (JPP)
East Coast Highway Phase 2 (LPT2)
KL – Karak Expressway (KLK)
East Coast Highway Phase 1 (LPT)
Sungai Besi Highway (BESRAYA)
New Coastal Highway (NPE)
Kajang – Seremban Highway (LEKAS)
Ampang – Kuala Lumpur Elevated Expressway (AKLEH)
Kemuning – Shah Alam Highway (LKSA)
Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE)
Kajang Ring Traffic Dispersal Highway (SILK)
Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS)
West KI Traffic Dispersal Scheme Highway (SPRINT)
Damansara – Puchong Highway (LDP)
Flood and Tunnel Management System (SMART)
Cheras-Kajang Expressway (GRAND SAGA)
New North Klang Strait Bypass Expressway (GRAND SEPADU)
KL – Putrajaya Expressway (MEX)
Duta – Ulu Kelang Highway (DUKE)
Senai – Desaru Highway (SDE)
South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE)
KL – Kuala Selangor Highway (BACKGROUND)
Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge (JSAHMS)
Butterworth Outer Ring Road (LLB)
West Coast Highway (WCE)
Setiawangsa Pantai Expressway (SPE)
Sungai Besi – Ulu Kelang Highway (SUKE)
Damansara – Shah Alam Elevated Expressway (DASH)
“The initiative will reduce the cost of paying tolls for people who are returning to celebrate Aidilfitri in their respective hometowns, and make it easier for them to plan their journey,” the Prime Minister told at a press conference earlier.
Dato Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi, Minister of Works, in his statement said that the provision of free tolls for 4 days for all classes of vehicles on all 33 highways is the first time the Federal Government has given to highway users.
“Previously, the longest period for free tolls was for 2 days in conjunction with the 2023 Chinese New Year holiday on all highways.”
He added that the government has provided free tolls for all classes of vehicles in conjunction with the Aidilfitri celebration in 2022, but only on 7 highways under the PLUS Malaysia Berhad Group and 2 highways under the ANIH Berhad Group. Other highways only offer discounts ranging from 30% to 50% for all vehicle classes.
Although no tolls are charged during the four-day period, Touch ‘N Go card users must still place the card on the device (reader) located in the toll lane in order for the toll bar to open and the user to pass through the toll plaza.
While Smartag and RFID users (except on East Coast Highway 1 and East Coast Highway 2) also still need to slow down when passing through toll lanes.
“Ministry of Works through the Malaysian Highways Authority (LLM) has coordinated all highway concession companies to make thorough preparations to face the surge in traffic as the Ministry expects the majority of highway users to seize the opportunity to enjoy this free toll by rearranging travel schedules back home based on the free toll dates,” Alexander continues.
In a separate statement on his official Facebook page, he also added he was aware of the congestion issue at Karak-KL Expressway and has instructed that all road maintenance work to stop effective from 18 April to 7 May 2023 to ensure the smooth running of the highway this festive season.
Ministry of Works’ Advice to Highway Users This Coming Holidays
Plan ahead before driving a long journey and adhere to the Proposed Travel Time Schedule issued by the highway concession company.
Abide by the road rules and signs provided, drive carefully and to safely reach their respective destinations.
It is encouraged to contact the LLM Traffic Management Center which will operate for 24 hours from 20 April 2023 to 26 April 2023 to get the latest traffic information or any incident on the highway.
More information on LLM and the Concession Company’s official Facebook page and Twitter or call the TMC LLM hotline 1800-88-7752.