As the fasting month is coming to an end, our Muslim brothers and sisters will be welcoming Raya Aidilfitri sometime this week. As of now, the dates for the festive season has yet to be determined as the date of the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations, otherwise also known as Eid al-Fitr, is calculated based upon the sighting of a new crescent moon that marks the tenth month of the Islamic calendar and the end of the ninth month, or Holy Month.
Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim makes special announcement to help ease local’s Raya plans
With that said, just today (18 April), prime minister Anwar Ibrahim has made several announcements in a press conference earlier which includes, an additional public holiday and exemption of toll fares. According to local newspaper Sin Chew Daily, the date for celebrating Raya Aidilfitri will be announced this coming Thursday (20/4).
The government has then decided to offer an additional day of holiday that will either fall on Friday or Monday. In the press conference, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has announced that if the Raya date falls on Saturday (22 April), the additional public holiday will then fall on Friday. However, if the Raya date falls on Friday (21/4), the additional holiday will then fall on Monday (24 April).
Following that, he has also announced that in conjunction with the Rahmah programme, toll fare exemptions will also commence from 19 April to 21 April, as well as on 24 April. The exemption of toll fares will ensure that the locals wouldn’t have to fork out additional money for toll fares and ease their journey back to their hometowns.
“The exemption of toll fares will be applicable to all 33 highways for all car users”, he said.
Prime minister Anwar Ibrahim then ended the press conference by saying that he hopes that the announcement made are able to serve as a reminder to the locals that they will benefit and be well taken care of by the government.
“I hope all Malaysians would be able to create meaningful experiences during this festive season”, he mentioned.
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