Alongside announcing the reintroduction date of the sales and service tax (SST) as well as the cancellation of the MRT Line 3 project, prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also announced after a cabinet meeting today that there will be a 50% discount on all toll fares across the country on the two days before Hari Raya Aidilfitri, June 13 and 14.

Previously, discounts during festive seasons were handed out by the highway concessionaires themselves, so it’s unusual to see such an announcement by the government. Then again, it’s a new Pakatan Harapan government, which has a vested interest in toll collection to say the least.

The coalition promised to remove the collection of tolls in stages if it won the 14th general election, which it duly did. There hasn’t been any concrete details on that front so far, but it was previously reported that the government may have to privatise highway concessionaires and take over all their debt obligations to accomplish that feat, at the cost of up to RM55 billion.