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[Updated] Anwar Announces Extra Public Holiday And 4 Days Of Free Tolls For Raya

[Updated] Anwar Announces Extra Public Holiday And 4 Days Of Free Tolls For Raya

Anwar Ibrahim has announced the highly anticipated “good news” for Raya.

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced the highly anticipated “good news” during a press conference today (18 April).

READ MORE: PM Expected To Share Good News Before Raya, What Can It Be?

He announced free tolls for four days from 19 to 21 April and 24 April on all 33 highways for all vehicle classes.

As for the extra public holiday, should Hari Raya fall on Saturday (22 April), the extra holiday will be on Friday (21 April).

However, if Raya falls on Friday (21 April), the following Monday (24 April) will be a public holiday.

For Sabah and Sarawak, each state government will announce the replacement holidays following its respective Holiday Ordinance.

READ MORE: Still Confused How Many Off Days We Get For Raya? Here’s An Explainer

To reduce the people’s burden, the government will work together with the selected supermarkets to provide special discounts for raw materials such as chicken, onions, and basic production materials for businesses offering Menu Rahmah.

The police are also offering special rates for summons from 21 April to 21 May 2023 for all traffic summons (from 2022 and before).

Each summons is capped at RM50 but it’s not applicable for summons dated in the year 2023.

In addition, the police will launch Ops Lancar on 18 and 19 April to monitor congested highways. The police and other agencies such as RELA will also carry out Ops Selamat on 20 April for seven days at accident “hotspots” such as toll plaza areas.

In conjunction with Hari Raya, the Malaysian Prison Department is allowing Muslim inmates to spend the holidays at home with their families. This would involve more than 1,000 inmates throughout Ramadan and Syawal.

The government along with the Cement and Concrete Association of Malaysia (C&CA) and private property developers offer cement prices at a reasonable rate for low-cost housing developers.

This applies to low-cost housing that’s worth RM300,000 and below that will benefit the B40 and M40 communities with a maximum house price reduction of up to RM5,000 according to the type and price of the house.

The government is also allocating around RM250 million to maintain federal roads and the work will be given to small Bumiputera contractors. The RM750 million allocation to repair federal roads as announced in Budget 2023 will be raised to RM1 billion.

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