Malaysia Considering Cutting Toll Rates, Discount During Off-Peak Hours-Minister Baru

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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 18) — Malaysia will not scrap road tolls until fiscal health improves even as the government considers cutting the rates or offer 30% discount during off-peak hours, the federal works minister said Thursday.

“We’re still in discussions with concessionaires for alternatives: to lower toll rates, offer a flat rate, offer off-peak 30% discount or freeze the rate for two to three years,” Baru Bian said in parliament. “We will not abolish toll until the fiscal position is healthy again. This is our policy.”

He was responding to a lawmakers’ query on whether the government will fulfil its pre-election promise to abolish tolls.

– By Gan Pei Ling
– Edited By Abhrajit Gangopadhyay

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