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Deepavali Toll Exemption Proposal Under Discussion, Says Deputy Finance Minister

KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian government is currently deliberating on a proposal to grant toll exemptions in celebration of the upcoming Deepavali festival, as informed to the Dewan Rakyat today.

According to BERNAMA News Agency, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan conveyed that the discussion includes considerations regarding cost-sharing with highway concessionaires. This response came during his closing remarks on the debate over the Supply Bill 2024 at the Committee level for the Ministry of Finance.

Ahmad Maslan acknowledged the repeated inquiries about the proposed toll fee exemption, notably from the Bagan Member of Parliament (Lim Guan Eng). He assured that the matter was actively under review and expressed optimism about sharing positive news soon. “In two or three days, the government will announce it,” he stated, suggesting a forthcoming decision.

The topic was initially raised during the Oral Question and Answer session by RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong), who inquired about the government’s plans for toll exemption during Deepavali. In response, Deputy Works Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Mohamad indicated that any official announcement would be made following approval from the Ministry of Finance.

The Dewan Rakyat is set to continue its sitting tomorrow, where further developments on this matter may be discussed.