PUTRAJAYA: Nov 18 and 19 will be public holidays to allow Malaysians to travel home to vote for GE15, announces Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He also said there would be no toll charges over the two days for travellers in private vehicles.
"I know many have been waiting for the announcement and I hereby announce a public holiday for Nov 18 and 19," he said at the Cuepacs headquarters ground breaking ceremony here on Monday (Nov 14).
Polling day for GE15 is on Nov 19.
Ismail Sabri explained that Nov 19 was declared a public holiday as some private sector companies were in operation on Saturday and some employees could have been unable to cast their votes.
"We want to make sure Malaysians can exercise their rights as clearly stipulated in the Federal Constitution.
"No one can prevent a citizen from exercising their right to vote," he said.
On the free toll, the Prime Minister said this would apply on highways provided by 30 concessionaires.
The free toll starts from 12.01am on Nov 18 until 11.59pm on Nov 19.
The state governments of Negri Sembilan, Penang and Selangor have also declared Nov 18 as a public holiday.