KUALA LUMPUR, April 25 — Malaysians driving home for the long-awaited Hari Raya Puasa celebrations this year can look forward to cheaper or even toll free rates on 30 highways nationwide.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the discounts and toll waiver are estimated to save motorists RM77.1 million, adding that the highway operators will bear the costs.

“In line with the transition phase towards endemicity since April 1 2022 and in conjunction with the Aidilfitri celebrations that is expected to fall on May 3 2022, the government has agreed to give free and discounted tolls for Keluarga Malaysia returning to celebrate,” he said in a statement this afternoon.

PLUS, which operates the spinal north-south highway, will be waiving toll starting midnight April 30 (Saturday) until 11.59pm on May 1 (Sunday) for all classes of vehicles.

The other toll operator to waive the fares will be Anih Berhad, which operates the east coast highways. The waiver will take effect within the same period.

Both the concessionaires will also be waiving tolls for the return trip. The free toll will take effect starting May 7 at midnight until 11.59pm on May 8. Ismail said this will be the first time the two concessionaires waive tolls for both trips.

Meanwhile, other operators have agreed to give between 30 and 50 per cent discounts for motorists using their roads.

“I hope the discounted and free tolls will make the Aidilfitri celebrations with your loved ones this year merrier,” Ismail said.