Toll reduction for Cheras-Kajang highway

KAJANG (March 1, 2012): It’s good news for motorists using the Cheras-Kajang highway – starting midnight today, the RM1 Batu 9 toll for those headed to Kuala Lumpur and the 90 sen Batu 11 toll heading to Kajang have been abolished.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, who made the announcement today, said this is a 50% reduction of toll charges for the highway users as they would only have to pay RM1.90 for a return trip.

“This will benefit the 120,000 highway users,” said Najib at the ground-breaking ceremony of the SJK(C) Bandar Sungai Long.

Prior to this, motorists had to pay RM3.80 in total per return trip for the 11.5km journey which charged RM1 at the first toll in the 9th mile, and RM0.90 at the second toll in the 11th mile (toll is collected from both sides).

Najib last year reportedly said the government was looking into the possibility of abolishing the toll at the 11th mile of the Cheras-Kajang highway.

He had said an in-depth study would have to be conducted before the government could meet the request.

Najib also announced an allocation of RM4.5 million to the SJK(C) Bandar Sungai Long’s management board to construct 36 classrooms.

He added that once completed, the school will accommodate 1,500 students.

“This 5.9 acres of land for the SJK(C) was initially allocated for a national school but seeing how difficult it is to secure a land here in Sungai Long, the Education Minister (and Deputy Prime Minister) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin decided to convert this land as a national-type Chinese school,” said Najib to a crowd of some 10,000 local residents here in Sungai Long.

He added that the 5.9 acres is valued at RM20 million.

Najib, who is also the Selangor BN chairman, warned the opposition not to claim to be the champions of the local issues here.

“People know that education matters should not be made into a political issue,” said Najib.

Meanwhile Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong told reporters that the plan for the school is in the process of being submitted by the school board to the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKJ).

“Once approved, then the school is expected to be completed in eight months.

“We hope the MPKJ will not delay the approval of the plan,” said Wee.

Source: TheStar

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