Tun Salahuddin Bridge to be toll-free from Jan 1

KUCHING: Motorists using the Tun Salahuddin Bridge will not have to pay toll from Jan 1.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem announced that the bridge across the Sarawak River would be toll-free as of midnight on Dec 31.

"We expect a big crowd on Jan 1 to gather along the bridge to celebrate the day when it is going to be toll-free," he told the state legislative assembly in his winding-up speech on Wednesday.

The abolition of tolls was one of several major decisions made by Adenan since he took office last year. Toll at the Lanang Bridge in Sibu and Asean Bridge in Miri were abolished earlier this year.

Adenan told reporters later that the state government had successfully negotiated the toll abolition for Tun Salahuddin Bridge with Zecon Toll Concessionaire Sdn Bhd.

"They care for the people of Sarawak and they quite agree because of their public-spiritedness," he said.

He said there was no compensation involved.