Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim announced the lifting of all toll tariffs for 4 days starting from April 19, 20, 21, and 24 along with the momentum of Lebaran Homecoming 2023. With this rule, all toll roads in Malaysia are free. Anwar said that the policy was made to ease the economy of Malaysians ahead of the Eid al-Fitr 2023 celebrations.
The largest toll road operator Plus Malaysia estimated that around 2 million vehicles will use its toll roads during Eid al-Fitr. This is a 20% increase compared to normal days. Not only that, Anwar provided a special discount for traffic offense fines under the 2022 and earlier rules. Each fine was reduced to RM50 or around IDR167,000. Likewise, merchants who provided cheap food for low-income consumers got special discounts on raw materials such as chicken and onions in a program called Menu Rahmah.
The Malaysian government worked with selected supermarkets to offer special prices to their operators. “We recognize the costs that operators have to bear for raw materials and food ingredients. We hope this initiative will bring relief to operators and ensure the viability and sustainability of the Menu Rahmah program,” he said.
During Hari Raya this year, regardless of whether Hari Raya falls on Friday or Saturday, Malaysians had a 4-day holiday from Friday, April 21, 2023, to Monday, April 24, 2023. The Malaysian government started setting the Eid holidays on Thursday, April 20, 2023.