Motorists celebrate as Malaysia halves highway charges
Residents celebrating in front of the Batu 9 toll plaza at midnight this morning following the reduction of toll charges at the Cheras-Kajang Highway. -- PHOTO: THE STAR
KUALA LUMPUR - Hundreds of thousands of motorists plying the Cheras-Kajang Highway have cause to celebrate with the announcement that their daily toll charges will be cut by half.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the RM1 (S$0.40) charge for the 9th Mile toll plaza towards Kuala Lumpur and the 90 sen charge at the 11th Mile plaza towards Kajang along the Grand Saga Highway had been abolished.
His announcement was met with thunderous applause by thousands gathered at the ground-breaking ceremony of the proposed SRJK Cina Bandar Sungai Long yesterday. The abolition took effect from midnight.
'The Government has succeeded in reducing the burden of road users by 50 per cent, with the cutting of the usual RM3.80 toll charges to RM1.90 for both ways,' Mr Najib said, adding that the efforts in reducing toll charges had long been championed by Umno, MCA and other Barisan Nasional members.