Malaysian Budget 2018 (Bajet 2018) will be announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at 3.30pm today. We will be posting live updates on any automotive- and transport-related announcements from his speech here. Will there be any extra incentives for energy efficient or electric vehicles, or perhaps more budget allocations for roads and public transport?

Toll collection
No more toll collection at selected toll booths from January 1, 2018

  • Batu Tiga, Shah Alam
  • Sungai Rasau, Selangor
  • Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah
  • Eastern Dispersal Link, Johor

Roads
West Coast Expressway

  • Taiping to Banting
  • Currently under construction at a cost of RM5 billion

Central Spine Road (or Kuala Krai–Kuala Pilah Highway)

  • RM230 million to continue the construction of project
  • Raub to Bentong; Gua Musang, Kelantan to Kampung Relong, Pahang

Bridge to Labuan

  • Feasibility study underway to link Labuan to Tanah Besar, Sabah

Pan Borneo Highway

  • RM2 billion allocation
  • Eleven construction packages already distributed
  • Five out of 35 Phase 1 packages in Sabah have been awarded

Expansion of road network

  • RM934 million to build roads in rural areas nationwide, including RM500 million allocation to Sabah and Sarawak
  • RM1.1 billion to build/upgrade bridges, street lamps, surau and markets

Public transport
New East Coast Rail Link linking Port Klang to Pengkalan Kubor, Kelantan

  • Transport cargo and passengers between two locations within four hours
  • Construction works will begin from January 2018
  • RM110 million to prepare alternative roads to Port Klang

MRT 2 (Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya)

  • 52 km distance covering 37 stations
  • Estimated cost of RM32 billion

MRT 3 (Circle Line)

  • Estimated to completed ahead of schedule by 2025, instead of 2027

LRT 3

  • Linking Bandar Utama to Johan Setia, Klang
  • Estimated to be completed by February 2021

High-Speed Rail

  • Linking Kuala Lumpur to Singapore
  • 350-km journey in just 90 minutes
  • Estimated to benefit the rakyat by 2026

Buses

  • RM45 million to implement a biometric control system to oversee express bus services

E-hailing

  • Registered taxi drivers who switch to e-hailing will receive a RM5,000 grant to purchase a new car

Airport
Building/upgrade/expansion of new/existing airports

  • Penang and Langkawi international airports to be upgraded
  • New airport to be built in Mukah
  • Expansion of Kota Bahru and Sandakan airports
  • Feasibility study to build a new airport on Pulau Tioman

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