The government is encouraging motorists to utilise federal roads on a wider scale, saying that aside from being cheaper to travel on compared to private highways, these routes offer a various number of attractions and facilities.

According to works minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof, federal roads are the right choice for road users who want a more relaxed drive. “Today, the public has the perception that private highways are the main thoroughfares, when they are actually alternative routes. Private highways are actually the routes of choice for motorists who want to get to their destinations fast,” he said.

Over the past year, the ministry has been showcasing federal roads to the media via a series of roadshows to highlight these routes. In bringing these to attention, it hopes to attract more motorists to pick these roads as the route of choice to their destinations, Bernama reports.

The latest roadshow in the FT Roadpedia programme involves routes in the southern zone, and follows on the ones highlighting the central (in August last year) and eastern zones (in February this year). Held from May 7-9, the southern zone roadshow involves routes covering four states (Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor), over a distance of 688 km.