No discussion yet on toll exemption for Deepavali

KUALA LUMPUR: A toll exemption for the Deepavali festive season has not been discussed by the government, said Deputy Works Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Mohamad today during the parliamentary session.

Rahman was answering Jelutong member of Parliament RSN Rayer's question if toll payments would be exempted for the upcoming festive season.

"Till now, there has been no discussion (on lifting toll payment for the upcoming Deepavali).

"If there is any announcement, it would be made by the Works Ministry after getting approval from the Finance Ministry," he said.

Rahman said Malaysians tend to return to their hometown for festive celebrations if public holidays fall on Friday or Monday, making it a long weekend.

"I support the suggestion made by Jelutong (Rayer), yet it depends on the Finance Ministry," he added.

Malaysia will observe Deepavali as a public holiday on Nov 12 (Sunday), with a replacement holiday falling on Nov 13 (Monday).

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