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From June 1, the RM10 toll on the ASEAN Bridge that joins Miri and Brunei will no longer be imposed on Malaysian-registered vehicles, Bernama reports.

Sarawak chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said he hopes this will reduce the burden on motorists who have to frequently cross the bridge linking Malaysia and Brunei.

“I would like to thank Shin Yang Group of Companies for their cooperation in abolishing toll for the benefit of Malaysian motorists,” the national news agency quoted him as saying.

According to The Star, Adenan indicated in the last state legislative assembly sitting in April that Bruneians make up a big majority of bridge users, and that toll charges for foreigners are likely to be maintained.

Opened in 2003, the RM178 million, 7.8 km ASEAN Bridge charges the highest rate of tolled bridges in Sarawak. Sibu’s RM3 Lanang Bridge toll will be abolished May 25, while negotiations are ongoing for the abolishment of Kuching’s RM1.60 Tun Salahudin Bridge toll.

All the aforementioned bridges will form part of the 1,000 km Pan Borneo Highway.