Works minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof has said that no decision has been made on whether or not toll rates will be increased next year, according to a Bernama report.

He was referring to a statement made yesterday by his deputy, Datuk Seri Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin. Rosnah was reported to have said that toll rates for 20 highways are not planned to be increased next year, and that the government is expected to pay RM558.69 million in compensation to the highway concessionaires.

Fadillah said the reports were inaccurate, adding that although that amount has been requested for allocation to deal with toll provisions, this is standard procedure to ensure the provision is available for use, and does not mean toll rates will not go up.

The Star reports that according to concession agreements for 2015, as many as 20 highways are eligible to receive an increase in toll rates between 50 sen and RM2, and that the cabinet will make the final decision on toll hikes based on Jawatankuasa Khas Menangani Kos Sara Hidup‘s recommendation. A decision is expected to be reached before January 2015.