Malaysian Government Announces Toll-Free Weekend on Deepavali Celebration for All Highway Users

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In celebration of Deepavali, the Malaysian government has announced a special toll waiver for all highway users on Saturday and Sunday. This initiative is intended to foster the festive spirit of Malaysians, particularly those of the Hindu faith, who will be observing Deepavali. The toll charges will be exempted for all classes of vehicles at most toll plazas, except for the Plaza Tol Bangunan Sultan Iskandar and Plaza Tol Tanjung Kupang, both located in Johor.

Works Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi made the announcement, highlighting the government’s commitment to easing the burden of the people, irrespective of their religious or racial backgrounds.

Nanta explained that selecting these two days for toll waivers was a strategic decision to prevent excessive traffic congestion as people travel back to their hometowns and then return. This measure also allows for better coordination of additional logistics along the highways.


The toll waiver will be effective from 12:01 am on November 11, 2023 (Saturday) until 11:59 pm on November 12, 2023 (Sunday). During this period, an estimated 11.8 million vehicles are expected to use the highways.

Nanta urged highway users to make the most of this opportunity to plan their journeys effectively and encouraged them to follow the travel time advisory for a smoother and more enjoyable travel experience.

This toll-free weekend is in line with the government’s commitment to promoting unity and understanding among Malaysians, while also contributing to the festive celebrations of Deepavali.

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