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JOHOR BARU - It’s happy faces all around at the four toll plazas across the country where toll was abolished at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day.

In the city, where it is now free to travel along the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL), businessman S. Veeran hopes to set aside over RM3,000 in savings from not having to pay toll.

The 31-year-old, who travels via the EDL to Singapore, used to spend about RM13.80 daily.

“I have been paying a lot since travelling to Singapore almost two years ago.

Hoping that Singapore would also reduce the charges on its side as well, company executive Ariffin Ahmad said at present, motorists paid about S$12.90 (RM38.70) for a trip in and out.

“All this will be huge savings for us,” he said, adding that he would use the money saved for his household expenses.

Toll for the EDL, along with that for the Sungai Rasau and the Batu Tiga toll plazas in Selangor and Bukit Kayu Hitam in Kedah, was abolished on Jan 1 as announced in Budget 2018.

The Works Ministry said motorists at three toll plazas – Sungai Rasau, Batu Tiga and Bukit Kayu Hitam – were given toll-free access 20 years earlier than the period stipulated in the North-South Expressway

KUALA LUMPUR - The Government will ensure adequate aid to flood victims, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

In a Twitter post, the Prime Minister reminded those affected to persevere, prioritise their own safety and follow the instructions of the authorities.

“I am monitoring the situation in the flood-hit states,” he said.

Floods have struck Pahang, Johor, Terengganu, Kelantan, Sabah and Sarawak, with victims evacuated to relief centres and schools closed.

Pahang Civil Defence Force (APM)

SEREMBAN - A visit to some schools here showed that not all pupils are carrying heavy school bags, which may mean that verna­cular schools are adhering to a circu­lar on limiting the use of workbooks.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon visited SJK(C) Sin Hua to check whether vernacular schools were adhering to the circular.

Chong, who was surprised to see some of the pupils with a heavy load, said he hoped that schools would abide by the ministry’s directive that pupils from Years

KUALA LUMPUR - In an unprecedented move, several thousand people comprising national, state and grassroots members from both MCA and Gerakan will be rallying together this Saturday at Dewan San Choon here.

According to a press conference jointly hosted by MCA secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan and his Gerakan counterpart Datuk Liang Teck Meng, the assembly titled “Stronger Together” is aimed at strengthening the parties’ working relationship for the upcoming general election.

“MCA and

PUTRAJAYA - All schools here will no longer implement class streaming according to the academic ability of students this year, said Putra­jaya Federal Territ­ory Educa­tion director Roaini Jaafar.

According to Bernama, she said the move to combine students of mixed abilities in the same class was in line with 21st century learning and had been accepted by parents here.

“This will enable students who have mastered reading, calculating and writing to co-operate with and guide the less able

PUTRAJAYA - Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is attempting to challenge three laws that abrogate the mandatory requirement for Bills to be assented by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The PKR adviser is seeking to declare that Section 12 of the Constitution (Amendment) 1983 (Act A566), Section 2 of the Constitution (Amendment) 1984 (Act A584) and Section 8 of the Constitution (Amendment) 1994 (Act A885) are ultra vires Article 4(1) of the Federal Constitution.

He named the Government as the sole respondent

KUALA LUMPUR - The government has assured the people that there will be no raise in the current 6% Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate after the next general election.

Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Othman Aziz told the Dewan Rakyat today that the government is certain about this although there may be suggestions for a raise.

"Maybe there were some suggestions ... they may have proposed this for certain reasons but for now, I want to stress that the government has no plans to increase or even

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