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CNY 2024 : No Highway Tolls + Speed Limit Reduction!

The Malaysian government just announced two days of toll-free travel and a speed limit reduction for the CNY 2024 holidays!

 

CNY 2024 : No Highway Tolls On February 8-9!

On Wednesday, 7 February 2024, the Ministry of Works announced that there will be no highway tolls from February 8 to 9, in conjunction with Chinese New Year 2024!

In a short public announcement, the Ministry announced that the toll-free travel would apply to all Class 1 private vehicles for two days, from 12:01 AM on Thursday, February 8, to 11:59 PM on Friday, February 9, on exiting the toll booths.

This toll-free travel will extend to all highways, except at the toll plazas at the national borders:

  • the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar (BSI) Toll Plaza
  • the Tanjung Kupang Toll Plaza

The expected financial implication of these two days of toll-free travel is estimated to be about RM42.99 million.

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CNY 2024 : Speed Limit Reduction For 6 Days!

In conjunction with the CNY holidays, the Ministry of Works also ordered a reduction in all speed limits on all roads.

For 6 days from 8 to 13 February 2024, the speed limit will be reduced from 90 km/h to 80 km/h, on all federal roads.

This speed reduction are amongst the moves made to improve safety and reduce the risk of accidents during the CNY 2024 festivities.

 

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Malaysia : Free Highway Tolls For Christmas 2023!

The government of Malaysia just announced free highway tolls for two days for Christmas 2023! Here is what you need to know!

 

Malaysia : Free Highway Tolls For Christmas 2023!

On Thursday, 21 December 2023, Malaysia Deputy Works Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan announced free highway tolls for two days:

  • Saturday, 23 December 2023
  • Tuesday, 26 December 2023

The toll-free travel will apply to all types of vehicles travelling on all highways in Malaysia, except the toll plazas at the national borders in Johor:

  • the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar (BSI) Toll Plaza
  • the Tanjung Kupang Toll Plaza

The toll-free period will begin at 12:01 AM and end at 11:59 PM on the two days – Saturday, 23 December 2023, and Tuesday, 26 December, 2023.

An estimated 2.1 million vehicles are expected to use the highways during the Christmas 2023 season, with the free toll costing the government RM20 million per day, for a total cost of RM40 million.

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It is hoped that this toll waiver will reduce the burden on those who are planning to return to their home towns to visit their families and celebrate Christmas together.

This is in line with the intention of the unity government to help ease the burden of the people across the religious diversity and beliefs

Highway users should take advantage of this opportunity and plan their journeys as best as possible while observing the recommended travel time advisory schedule.

He said that the dates were chosen to avoid traffic congestion, and optimise logistics. He also advised highway users to observe the safety limits, signages, and regulations.

 

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Malaysia : Free Highway Tolls For Deepavali 2023!

The government of Malaysia just announced free highway tolls for two days for Deepavali 2023! Here is what you need to know!

 

Malaysia : Free Highway Tolls For Deepavali 2023!

On Friday, 10 November 2023, Malaysia Works Minister Alexander Nanta Linggi announced free highway tolls for two days:

  • Saturday, 11 November 2023
  • Sunday, 12 November 2023

The toll-free travel will apply to all types of vehicles travelling on all highways in Malaysia, except the toll plazas at the national borders in Johor:

  • the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar (BSI) Toll Plaza
  • the Tanjung Kupang Toll Plaza

The toll-free period will begin at 12:01 AM on Saturday, 11 November 2023, and end at 11:59 PM on Sunday, 12 November, 2023.

About 11.8 million vehicles are expected to use the highways in Malaysia during this two-day toll-free period.

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The Works Ministry, through a meeting together with concession companies, has agreed on the implementation of this free toll which starts on Nov 11 (Saturday) at 12.01 am until Nov 12 (Sunday) at 11.59 pm.

This initiative is to celebrate all Malaysians, especially the Indian Hindu community who celebrate Deepavali. This is also in line with the desire of the unity government to help ease the burden of the people regardless of diversity of religions, races and beliefs.

With the implementation of this free toll, it is hoped that highway users will be able to plan their journey well. Highway users are also advised to comply with the recommended travel time schedule or travel time advisory (TTA).

Safety aspects and safe driving must be observed so that all highway users can arrive at their destinations safely.

 

 

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Is There An Ebola Outbreak At Burning Man 2023?!

Are people being quarantined at the Burning Man 2023 festival because of an Ebola outbreak?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : There Is An Ebola Outbreak At Burning Man 2023!

Messages claiming that there is an Ebola outbreak at the Burning Man 2023 festival have gone viral on social media.

UAE Exotic Falconry & Finance : EBOLA OUTBREAK BURNING MAN

Ebola outbreak confirmed at Black Rock City, NV. It is recommended that all Burning Man attendees remain in their dwellings until further notice. Current State of Emergency in progress. Learn more: bit.ly/NjMkIRjjH

Died Suddenly : 🚨Developing Story🚨

We are getting reports that there has been a confirmed Ebola Outbreak on the ground at The Burning Man Festival in Nevada.

Attendees have been told to shelter in place allegedly due to all of the flooding, and one attendee has been pronounced dead without a cause of death given.

TrueAnon : How I found out about it. Staying put for now, but reallllllly freaked out

“Yo just figured you should hear from me first. Darrel is crazy sick with something that has him coughing up really coagulated blood. Medic showed up wearing a full suit. No idea where he is now. I would stay inside your camper.”

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Truth : There Is No Ebola Outbreak At Burning Man 2023!

This appears to be another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on Twitter, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Burning Man Closed To Traffic

First, let me just give you a quick summary of what’s going on at the Burning Man 2023 festival.

The 2023 Burning Man festival started on Sunday, August 27, 2023. However, it was suddenly hit by heavy rainfall on Friday, September 1. Several months of rainfall inundated the area that day.

The heavy rainfall flooded the playa and turned the ground into ankle-deep mud. It quickly became impossible to drive any vehicles on the muck. Even worse – it continued to rain and drizzle over the next few days.

As a result, the organisers closed all roads leading into and out of the Burning Man area, and told attendees to conserve food, water and fuel.

The gate and airport in and out of Black Rock City remain closed. Ingress and egress are halted until further notice.

No driving is permitted except emergency vehicles. If you are in [Black Rock City], conserve food and water, and shelter in a warm space.

More updates to come. Stay safe!

Fact #2 : There Was No Quarantine At Burning Man

Even though the roads in and out of Burning Man were closed, and people were told to shelter in place, there never was a quarantine. That’s because there is no outbreak of any disease, Ebola or otherwise.

People who wanted to leave the Burning Man festival could still do so. They just had to hike their way through the thick mud.

While some 72,000 people remained on site, quite a number of people hiked their way out. DJ Diplo and Chris Rock, for example, managed to hitchhike a ride on the back of a pickup truck after hiking out.

Just walked five miles in the mud out of Burning Man with Chris Rock and a fan picked us up.

If there really was an Ebola outbreak at Burning Man, there would have been a strict quarantine, and no one would have been allowed to simply walk out of the area.

People at the Black Rock Desert site also would not be allowed to socialise. Yet, people there continue to gather and socialise.

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Fact #3 : Burning Man Organisers Dismissed Ebola Claims

On Sunday, 3 September 2023, the Burning Man organisers issued a press release dismissing the rumours of an Ebola outbreak:

The online rumors of transmissible illnesses in Black Rock City are unfounded and untrue.

Fact #4 : Bureau of Land Management Dismissed Ebola Claims

The Bureau of Land Management, which oversees the Black Rock Desert site, also issued a statement, dismissing the rumours of an Ebola outbreak at Burning Man 2023.

[We] can confirm the event entrance was closed for the year because unusual rainfall caused muddy conditions where there was a full stop on vehicles, and not for an Ebola outbreak. We have heard no information of any participants with Ebola.

Fact #5 : Burning Man Death Still Under Investigation

The claims of an Ebola outbreak at Burning Man 2023 was also partly fuelled by reports that a man died there.

On Friday, 1 September 2023, a man died at the Burning Man festival, which was confirmed by the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office the next day.

On Sunday, 3 September, Burning Man confirmed confirmed the death in a press release, stating that the cause was “unrelated to the weather”.

Our emergency services department reached a call for service extremely quickly for a male, approximately 40 years old, and could not resuscitate the patient.

The Pershing County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the death, and has not announced the man’s cause of death. However, that does not mean that it was Ebola. Obviously, if it was Ebola, the area would have been placed under strict quarantine!

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Fact #6 : Burning Man Attendees May Get To Leave By Today

Burning Man attendees who were caught knee-deep in the mud may get to leave by today – Monday, 4 September 2023.

The organisers earlier said that “the roads in Black Rock City remain too wet and muddy to officially open them for Exodus on Sunday 9/3.

They now say that they “expect to start Exodus on Monday morning 9/4 as long as the conditions improve“.

Obviously, this is only possible because there is no Ebola outbreak, and the ground is drying up enough to support the movement of vehicles!

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2023 Public + School Holidays For Malaysia!

To help you plan your holidays in the new year, here is a summary of the public and school holidays in Malaysia for 2023!

Updated @ 2023-06-27 : Added extra public holiday for Hari Raya Haji 2023.
Updated @ 2023-04-20 : Added extra public holiday for Hari Raya 2023.
Updated @ 2023-04-11 : Added extra school holiday for Hari Raya 2023.
Updated @ 2023-04-07 : Added extra school holidays for 2023 / 2024 school term.

Originally posted @ 2023-01-02

 

2023 Public Holidays For Malaysia

Here are the public holidays for Malaysia in the year 2023. Some of these days may be subject to change.

Date Day Holiday States
1 Jan Sun New Year’s Day All states except Johor, Kedah,
Kelantan, Perlis and Terengganu
2 Jan Mon All states except Johor, Kedah,
Kelantan and Terengganu
14 Jan Sat YDPB Negeri
Sembilan’s Birthday
Negeri Sembilan
22 Jan
23 Jan
Sun
Mon
Chinese New Year All states
24 Jan Tue All states except Johor, Kedah,
Kelantan and Terengganu
1 Feb Wed Federal Territory Day Kuala Lumpur, Labuan,
Putrajaya
5 Feb Sun Thaipusam Johor, Kuala Lumpur,
Negeri Sembilan, Penang,
Perak, Putrajaya and
Selangor
6 Feb Mon Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan,
Penang, Putrajaya and Selangor
18 Feb Sat Israk and Mikraj Kedah, Negeri Sembilan,
Perlis and Terengganu
19 Feb Sun Terengganu
4 Mar
5 Mar
Sat
Sun
Accession Anniversary
of Terengganu Sultan
Terengganu
23 Mar Thu Awal Ramadan Johor, Kedah and Melaka
Johor Sultan’s Birthday Johor
7 Apr Fri Good Friday Sabah and Sarawak
8 Apr Sat Nuzul al-Quran All states except Johor, Kedah,
Melaka, Negeri Sembilan,
Sabah and Sarawak
9 Apr Sun Kelantan and Terengganu
15 Apr Sat Declaration of Melaka
as a Historical City
Melaka
21 Apr
22 Apr
23 Apr
Fri
Sat
Sun
Hari Raya Aidilfitri All states
24 Apr Mon All states except Johor + Kedah
26 Apr Wed Sultan of Terengganu’s
Birthday
Terengganu
1 May Mon Labour Day All states
4 May Thu Wesak Day All states
17 May Wed Raja of Perlis’
Birthday
Perlis
22 May Mon Hari Hol Pahang Pahang
30 May
31 May
Tue
Wed
Harvest Festival Labuan and Sabah
1 Jun
2 Jun
Thu
Fri
Hari Gawai Sarawak
5 Jun Mon YDP Agong’s Birthday All states
18 Jun Sun Sultan of Kedah’s
Birthday
Kedah
28 Jun Wed Arafat Day Kedah and Terengganu
29 Jun Thu Hari Raya Haji All states
30 Jun Fri Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis,
Terengganu + Selangor
7 Jul Fri Georgetown World
Heritage City Day
Penang
8 Jul Sat Penang Governor’s
Birthday
19 Jul Wed Awal Muharram All states
22 Jul Sat Sarawak Day Sarawak
30 Jul
31 Jul
Sun
Mon
Sultan of Pahang’s
Birthday
Pahang
23 Aug Wed Hari Hol Almarhum
Sultan Iskandar
Johor
24 Aug Thu Melaka Governor’s
Birthday
Melaka
31 Aug Thu Merdeka Day All states
16 Sep Sat Malaysia Day All states
17 Sep Sun Kelantan and Terengganu
28 Sep Thu Prophet Muhammad’s
Birthday
All states
7 Oct Sat Sabah Governor’s
Birthday
Sabah
14 Oct Sat Sarawak Governor’s
Birthday
Sarawak
3 Nov Fri Sultan of Perak’s
Birthday
Perak
11 Nov Sat Sultan of Kelantan’s
Birthday
Kelantan
12 Nov
13 Nov
Sun
Mon
Sultan of Kelantan’s
Birthday
Kelantan
12 Nov Sun Deepavali All states except Sarawak
13 Nov Mon All states except Johor,
Kedah, Kelantan, Sarawak
and Terengganu
11 Dec Mon Sultan of Selangor’s
Birthday
Selangor
24 Dec Sun Christmas Eve Sabah
25 Dec Mon Christmas Day All states
26 Dec Tue Christmas Holiday Sabah

 

2023 School Holidays For Malaysia

The COVID-19 pandemic has thoroughly screwed up the school term and holidays. Instead of starting in January and ending in December, the new term now starts in March and every year will have two “academic years”.

This is quite confusing for many of us parents, so here is a quick summary of the school holidays for the year 2023.

Read more : 2023 / 2024 Malaysia School Term + Holiday Calendar!

Group A Schools

Here are the school holidays for Group A states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

Holiday Start End Days
2022 Year End Holiday 17 Feb 18 Mar 30
2023 Mid-Term 1 Holiday 21 Apr 29 Apr 9
2023 End-Term 1 Holiday 26 May 3 Jun 9
2023 Term 2 Holiday 25 Aug 2 Sep 9
2023 Term 3 Holiday 15 Dec 1 Jan 18

In addition, the government also announced these extra holidays for Group A schools:

Festival Holidays Group A Notes
Chinese New Year Sunday to Tuesday,
22 to 24 January 2023
1 extra day
Hari Raya Aidilfitri Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Thursday, 20 April 2023
2 extra days
Hari Raya Qurban Wednesday, 28 June 2023 1 extra day
Hari Deepavali Sunday, 12 November 2023
Monday, 13 November 2023
Public Holiday
1 extra day

Group B Schools

Here are the school holidays for Group A states of Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

Holiday Start End Days
2022 Year End Holiday 18 Feb 19 Mar 30
2023 Mid-Term 1 Holiday 22 Apr 30 Apr 9
2023 End-Term 1 Holiday 27 May 4 Jun 9
2023 Term 2 Holiday 26 Aug 3 Sep 9
2023 Term 3 Holiday 16 Dec 1 Jan 17

In addition, the government also announced these extra holidays for Group B schools:

Festival Holidays Group B Notes
Chinese New Year Friday to Tuesday,
20 to 24 January 2023
1 extra day
Hari Raya Aidilfitri Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Thursday, 20 April 2023
Friday, 21 April 2023
3 extra days
Pesta Kaamatan Only for Sabah + Labuan
Tuesday, 30 May 2023
Wednesday, 31 May 2023
2 extra days
Hari Gawai Dayak Only for Sarawak
Thursday, 1 June 2023
Friday, 2 June 2023
2 extra days
Hari Raya Qurban Wednesday, 28 June 2023
Thursday, 29 June 2023
2 extra days
Hari Deepavali Except Sarawak
Monday, 13 November 2023
Tuesday, 14 November 2023

Replacement
1 extra day
Only for Sarawak
Monday, 13 November 2023
1 extra day
Chinese New Year Friday, 9 February 2024
Saturday, 10 February 2024
Sunday, 11 February 2024
Monday, 12 February 2024
1 extra day
Public holiday
Public holiday
Replacement

 

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Selangor Civil Servants Get Extra Hari Raya Haji Holiday!

The Selangor state government just announced an extra Hari Raya Haji holiday for civil servants!

 

Selangor Civil Servants Get Extra Hari Raya Haji Holiday!

On Tuesday, 27 June 2023, the Selangor State Secretary Datuk Hari Karim announced an additional Hari Raya Haji holiday on Friday, June 30, in addition to the existing holiday on Thursday, June 29.

However, this additional Hari Raya Haji holiday will only apply to civil servants in the Selangor state’s departments, agencies, and local authorities.

Government subsidiaries (GLCs) and private companies are not subject to this directive. It will be up to each respective employer to decide whether to grant their employees an additional Hari Raya Haji holiday.

Statutory bodies, government subsidiaries and private parties, however, are not subject to this directive and are left to the discretion of their respective employers under the Employment Act 1955 (Act 265).

The additional day would grant those lucky enough to receive it a long 4-day weekend, in line with the 2023 school holidays.

This would likely result in heavy traffic on the highways as people take this opportunity to return to their hometowns to celebrate Hari Raya Haji with their families.

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PM Anwar : Extra Public Holiday For Hari Raya 2023!

The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, just announced that there will be extra day of public holiday for Hari Raya 2023!

Updated @ 2023-04-20 : Updated with the confirmed day of public holiday
Originally posted @ 2023-04-18

 

Extra Public Holiday For Hari Raya 2023 Confirmed!

On Thursday, 20 April 2023, the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad announced that Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2023 falls on Saturday, April 22.

In keeping with the command of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, and with the consent of the Rulers, I hereby declare that the date for Hari Raya for the states in Malaysia has been set for Saturday, April 22, 2023

Now that Hari Raya 2023 has been confirmed to fall on Saturday, April 22, the extra day of public holiday will fall on Friday, April 21.

For the full list of school and public holidays for Hari Raya, please click here!

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PM Anwar : Extra Public Holiday For Hari Raya 2023!

On Tuesday, 18 April 2023, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, announced that there will be an additional day of public holiday for Hari Raya 2023!

In his public announcement, he said that the extra day of public holiday will depend on the first day of Syawal:

  • Friday, April 21 is a public holiday if the first day of Syawal falls on Saturday, April 22
  • Monday, April 24 is a public holiday if the first day of Syawal falls on Friday, April 21

The International Astronomy Centre in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) predicted that the first day of Aidilfitri will fall on April 21.

The Prime Minister said the extra day of public holiday will make it easier for the public to make travel plans for the Hari Raya festivities.

This announcement only applies to Peninsular Malaysia and Labuan, based on Section 8 of the Holiday s Act 1951. Prime Minister Anwar said that it will be up to the Sabah and Sarawak state governments to declare the date for the public holiday accordingly.

He also announced four days of toll-free travel. But please be warned that during the Hari Raya 2023 festive season, seven traffic offences will be non-compoundable, and will be referred to the courts.

 

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Hari Raya 2023, School + Public Holidays Confirmed!

Hari Raya 2023 falls on Saturday, April 22, so here is what you need to know about the school and public holidays!

 

Hari Raya 2023 Falls On Saturday, April 22!

On Thursday, 20 April 2023, the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad announced that Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2023 falls on Saturday, April 22.

In keeping with the command of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, and with the consent of the Rulers, I hereby declare that the date for Hari Raya for the states in Malaysia has been set for Saturday, April 22, 2023

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Public Holidays For Hari Raya 2023

On Tuesday, 18 April 2023, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, announced that there will be an additional day of public holiday for Hari Raya 2023!

Now that Hari Raya 2023 has been confirmed to fall on Saturday, April 22, the extra day of public holiday will fall on Friday, April 21. Here are the updated public holidays for Hari Raya 2023:

Holiday Group B Notes
Hari Raya Aidilfitri Friday, 21 April 2023
Saturday, 22 April 2023
Sunday, 23 April 2023
Monday, 24 April 2023
All states
All states
All states
All states *, except Johor + Kedah

* This is a carry-forward holiday for the public holiday on Sunday

 

School Holidays For Hari Raya 2023

On 11 April 2023, the Ministry of Education declared that April 19 would be a special school holiday, in addition to the mid-term holiday which starts on April 20.

With the announcement, here are the updated holiday schedule for Hari Raya 2023.

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

Festival Holidays Group A Notes
Hari Raya Aidilfitri Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Thursday, 20 April 2023
2 extra days

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

Festival Holidays Group B Notes
Hari Raya Aidilfitri Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Thursday, 20 April 2023
Friday, 21 April 2023
3 extra days

 

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Hari Raya 2023 : No Highway Tolls For Four Days!

The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, just announced that there will be no highway tolls for four days for Hari Raya 2023!

 

Hari Raya 2023 : No Highway Tolls For Four Days

On Tuesday, 18 April 2023, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, announced that there will be no highway tolls for four days, in conjunction with Hari Raya 2023!

In a public announcement, he said that the toll-free travel will apply to all types of vehicles travelling on 33 highways in Malaysia. The toll-free period will last for four days:

  • From 12:01 AM on Wednesday, April 19, to midnight on Friday, April 21, and
  • From 12:01 AM until midnight on Monday, April 24

The Prime Minister said that the toll free travel will reduce the travel costs for people travelling back to their hometowns to celebrate Hari Raya 2023.

But please be warned that during the Hari Raya 2023 festive season, seven traffic offences will be non-compoundable, and will be referred to the courts.

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Hari Raya 2023 : Lorry Ban + Court for Traffic Offences!

JPJ just announced a lorry ban, and that seven major offences will be non-compoundable for the Hari Raya 2023 festive season!

 

Hari Raya 2023 : Traffic Offenders Will Be Sent To Court!

On Friday, 14 April 2023, the Malaysia Road Transport Department (JPJ) announced that seven traffic offences will be non-compoundable throughout the Hari Raya 2023 festive season.

Motorists who commit these seven offences from 18 to 27 April 2023 will no longer be allowed to just pay a fine, but will instead be referred to the courts.

  1. Using mobile phones while driving
  2. Running the red light
  3. Driving on the emergency lane
  4. Driving over the speed limit
  5. Overtaking on double lines
  6. Cutting queue
  7. Not wearing a seat belt

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Hari Raya 2023 : Lorries + Heavy Vehicles Banned!

JPJ also announced that lorries and other heavy vehicles will be banned from the roads during the Hari Raya 2023 festive season to reduce traffic congestion. The ban on heavy vehicles will last four days:

  • two days from April 20 to 21
  • two days from April 24 to 25

Category 1 : Banned From Road At All Times

  1. Car carrier, tipper, dumper, tipping (over 7,500 kg), low loader, pole trailer, bulk cement tanker, platform trailer, timber lorry, wheeled heavy machinery and tractor
  2. Lorry carrying cement, steel, stone, sand, soil, and other construction material, amang (tin dung), tin, coal and other minerals.

Category 2 : Allowed Only From Midnight To 8 AM

  1. Container lorry carrying goods, except container lorry carrying goods from port / airport to industrial zones in the same state, and vice versa.
  2. Lorry carrying electronics and electrical goods / industrial materials from port / airport to industrial zones in the same state, and vice versa.
  3. Lorry carrying oil palm and rubber produce from plantation to industrial zone.
  4. Cargo lorry without load.

Category 3 : Allowed Only From 6 PM To 8 AM
Limited to 25 km from construction site, subject to operating hours allowed on certain roads

  1. Mobile crane, and cement mixer

Exceptions : Wheeled heavy machinery and mobile crane are allowed if they are required for emergency work.

All other vehicles not mentioned above, or carrying goods not mentioned in the schedule above, are allowed to travel at any time.

 

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2023 / 2024 Malaysia School Term + Holiday Calendar!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just updated the 2023 / 2024 school term + holiday calendar! Here is what you need to know!

Updated @ 2023-04-11 : Added extra school holiday for Hari Raya 2023.
Updated @ 2023-04-06 : Added extra school holidays for 2023 / 2024 school term.

Originally posted @ 2022-12-11

 

2023 / 2024 Malaysia School Term To Begin In March!

On 29 August 2022, the former Malaysia Minister of Education, Dr. Radzi Jidin, announced that the 2023 school term will begin in March as scheduled.

He said that the decision was made after taking into account factors like the possibility of Northeast monsoon floods in the East Coast states at the end of the year, and the long interval before students could resume their studies after finishing their Sijil Pelajaran (SPM) examination.

By maintaining the start of the 2023 school term in March, students will not have to wait too long to continue their studies, allowing for better learning momentum.

However, the 2023 / 2024 school calendar for Malaysia was only confirmed on 10 December 2022, with an additional delay of one week.

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2023 / 2024 Malaysia School Term + Holiday Calendar!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) only confirmed the 2023 / 2024 school term and holiday calendar on 10 December 2022.

Group A states (Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu) will begin the 2023 school term on 19 March 2023, and end on 9 March 2024.

Group B states (Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya) should begin the 2023 school term on 20 March 2023, and end on 10 March 2024.

The opening of the 2023 / 2024 school year in Malaysia was delayed by one week, to ensure the smooth running of the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations.

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

  • Group A : 2023 / 2024 academic year will last from 19 March 2023 until 9 March 2024
Group A School Starts School Ends Days
Term 1 Part 1 19 March 2023 20 April 2023 24
Mid-Term 1 Holiday 21 April 2023 29 April 2023 9
Term 1 Part 2 30 April 2023 25 May 2023 18
End-Term 1 Holiday 26 May 2023 3 June 2023 9
Term 2 4 June 2023 24 August 2023 56
Term 2 Holiday 25 August 2023 2 September 2023 9
Term 3 Part 1 3 September 2023 14 December 2023 72
Term 3 Holiday 15 December 2023 1 January 2024 18
Term 3 Part 2 2 January 2024 8 February 2024 28
Year End Holiday 9 February 2024 9 March 2024 30

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

  • Group B : 2023 / 2024 academic year will last from 20 March 2023 until 10 March 2024
Group B School Starts School Ends Days
Term 1 Part 1 20 March 2023 21 April 2023 23
Mid-Term 1 Holiday 22 April 2023 30 April 2023 9
Term 1 Part 2 1 May2023 26 May 2023 18
End-Term 1 Holiday 27 May 2023 4 June 2023 9
Term 2 5 June 2023 25 August 2023 55
Term 2 Holiday 26 August 2023 3 September 2023 9
Term 3 Part 1 4 September 2023 15 December 2023 72
Term 3 Holiday 16 December 2023 1 January 2024 17
Term 3 Part 2 2 January 2024 9 February 2024 28
Year End Holiday 10 February 2024 10 March 2024 30

 

Extra Holidays For 2023 / 2024 Malaysia School Term!

Here is the list of additional holidays for schools in Malaysia for the academic year of 2023 / 2024 :

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

Festival Holidays Group A Notes
Chinese New Year Sunday to Tuesday,
22 to 24 January 2023
1 extra day
Hari Raya Aidilfitri Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Thursday, 20 April 2023
2 extra days
Hari Raya Qurban Wednesday, 28 June 2023 1 extra day
Hari Deepavali Sunday, 12 November 2023
Monday, 13 November 2023
Public Holiday
1 extra day
Christmas Monday, 25 December 2023 Public Holiday
Chinese New Year Saturday, 10 February 2024
Sunday, 11 February 2024
Public holiday
Public holiday

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

Festival Holidays Group B Notes
Chinese New Year Friday to Tuesday,
20 to 24 January 2023
1 extra day
Hari Raya Aidilfitri Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Thursday, 20 April 2023
Friday, 21 April 2023
3 extra days
Pesta Kaamatan Only for Sabah + Labuan
Tuesday, 30 May 2023
Wednesday, 31 May 2023
2 extra days
Hari Gawai Dayak Only for Sarawak
Thursday, 1 June 2023
Friday, 2 June 2023
2 extra days
Hari Raya Qurban Wednesday, 28 June 2023
Thursday, 29 June 2023
2 extra days
Hari Deepavali Except Sarawak
Monday, 13 November 2023
Tuesday, 14 November 2023

Replacement
1 extra day
Only for Sarawak
Monday, 13 November 2023
1 extra day
Christmas Monday, 25 December 2023 Public Holiday
Chinese New Year Friday, 9 February 2024
Saturday, 10 February 2024
Sunday, 11 February 2024
Monday, 12 February 2024
1 extra day
Public holiday
Public holiday
Replacement

 

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KPM declares extra school holiday for Hari Raya 2023!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just declared an extra school holiday for Hari Raya 2023!

 

KPM : April 19 is Special School Holiday for Hari Raya!

On 11 April 2023, the Ministry of Education declared that April 19 would be a special school holiday, in addition to the mid-term holiday which starts on April 20!

This announcement was made by Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek, in anticipation that Hari Raya Aidilfitri will fall on April 21.

We considered everyone’s views, and (this is) for the sake of everyone, especially teachers and education ministry staff, making plans to go back to their hometowns (for Aidilfitri),” she told reporters at an event today.

This year, Hari Raya Aidilfitri may fall on either April 21 or April 22, depending on the observation of the new moon of Syawal to occur after sunset on April 20.

However, the International Astronomy Centre in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) predicted that the first day of Aidilfitri will fall on April 21.

Read more : 2023 Public + School Holidays For Malaysia!

 

Updated School Holiday Schedule for Hari Raya 2023

With the announcement, here are the updated holiday schedule for Hari Raya 2023.

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

Festival Holidays Group A Notes
Hari Raya Aidilfitri Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Thursday, 20 April 2023
2 extra days

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

Festival Holidays Group B Notes
Hari Raya Aidilfitri Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Thursday, 20 April 2023
Friday, 21 April 2023
3 extra days

 

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CNY 2023 : Lorry Ban + Court For Traffic Offenders!

Malaysia Transport Minister Anthony Loke just announced a lorry ban, and that seven major offences will be non-compoundable this Chinese New Year!

 

CNY 2023 : Traffic Offenders Will Be Sent To Court!

On Wednesday, 17 January 2023, the Transport Minister of Malaysia, Anthony Loke, announced that seven traffic offences will be non-compoundable throughout the Chinese New Year festive season.

Motorists who commit these seven offences will no longer be allowed to just pay a fine, but will instead be referred to the courts.

  • Cutting queue
  • Overtaking on double lines
  • Running the red light
  • Driving over the speed limit
  • Using mobile phones while driving
  • Not wearing a seat belt or helmet
  • Driving on the emergency lane

The seven major traffic offenses are cutting queue, overtaking on double lines, disobeying the red light signal, driving over the speed limit, use of mobile phones while driving, not wearing a seat belt or helmet and driving on the emergency lane.

There will be no compound issues for these offences. Offenders will be referred to court.

To ensure stricter enforcement this year, about 2,000 JPJ enforcement officers will be deployed this Chinese New Year to reduce accidents and deaths.

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CNY 2023 : Lorries + Heavy Vehicles Banned!

He also announced that lorries and other heavy vehicles will be banned from the roads during the Chinese New Year festive season to reduce traffic congestion. The ban on heavy vehicles will last four days:

  • two days from January 20 to 21
  • two days from January 24 to 25

This prohibition is intended to avoid the risk of road accidents due to mixed traffic flow between heavy vehicles and light vehicles on the road, highways, apart from avoiding traffic jams.

 

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CNY 2023 : No Highway Tolls On January 20-21!

The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, just announced that there will be no highway tolls on January 20 to 21 for Chinese New Year 2023!

 

CNY 2023 : No Highway Tolls On January 20-21!

On Wednesday, 18 January 2023, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, announced that there will be no highway tolls on January 20 to 21 in conjunction with Chinese New Year 2023!

In a short public announcement, he said that the Minister of Transport and the Minister of Works took the initiative to discuss the matter with the highway concessionaires across Malaysia, and they agreed not to impose any highway tolls for two days.

The toll-free travel will apply to all types of vehicles travelling on all highways in Malaysia. The toll-free period will begin at 12:01 AM on January 20, and end at midnight on January 21, 2023.

The expected financial implication of these two days of toll-free travel is estimated to be about RM40 million (US$9.2 million).

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The Minister of Works and the Minister of Transport took the initiative to discuss with the concessionaires, who agreed to eliminate the toll charges for the 20th and 21st (of January).

We hope that by waiving the toll charges for the two days, it will allow all Malaysians to enjoy travels during the Chinese New Year. My advice to road users is to obey the law and be safe on the road.

But please be warned that during the Chinese New Year festive season, seven traffic offences will be non-compoundable, and will be referred to the courts.

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The U Mobile Partnership With Ed Sheeran & Other Music Festivals!

5th May 2017 – U Mobile, driven by their customers’ passion for music, has created Unlimited Ideas for customers to groove right through the year. The Unlimited Ideas Groove Calendar kicks off with Urbanscapes 2017, the quintessential music, arts and culture festival that starts tonight and will run every weekend throughout the month until 21st May 2017. Other highlights include the intimate Upfront concert series, Good Vibes Festival and the highly anticipated Ed Sheeran’s Malaysia Tour.

 

U Mobile Urbanscapes

Presented by U Mobile, this year’s Urbanscapes’ theme is #RediscoverKL. In its 15th year, Urbanscapes will be packed with music and performance art, as well as art installations. In addition, this much anticipated festival will also feature talks, thematic markets, workshops, experiential and interdisciplinary events headlined by home-grown, regional and international artists including Clean Bandit, Mew, Yellow Fang and Kyoto Protocol.

At the festival, U Mobile customers will get an exclusive experience through these exciting benefits:

  1. Early bird ticket prices

U Mobile customers can enjoy early bird ticket pricing for select shows at Urbanscapes. This exclusive promo can be redeemed by customers on the MyUMobile app.

  1. Exclusive U Mobile x Urbanscapes 2017 merchandise
    U Mobile customers will receive the merchandise whilst stock lasts.
  2. Grab Discounts

U Mobile customers will receive RM15 off Grab rides to and from key Urbanscapes locations like Urbanscapes House @ 2 Hang Kasturi, KL Live and The Bee, Publika. Each customer can redeem up to two (2) rides daily from 5th May – 21st May 2017 to and from the three aforementioned venues. Customers can claim this super promo by downloading a unique code from the MyUMobile app.

  1. U Mobile Charging Station & Photo Wall

Urbanscapes attendees have a dedicated charging station to recharge their phones and also a photo wall for them to snap wefies, selfies and #OOTDs against.

  1. U Munchies

U Mobile customers will get to enjoy F&B promos whenever they see the “U Munchies” sign displayed at various venues and from various merchants taking part in Urbanscapes 2017. To redeem the U Munchies deal, customers need to download the voucher code from the MyUMobile app.

 

U Mobile Upfront

Presented by U Mobile, Upfront features established and up-and-coming acts from around the globe in the intimate space of The Bee, Publika – bringing fans closer to their favourite musicians for an unforgettable live experience. The next show on 19th July 2017, will feature London-based duo, Oh Wonder. Previously, Upfront has featured The Temper Trap, Grimes and The Vaccines.

For Upfront shows, U Mobile customers will get to enjoy:

  1. Early bird ticket prices throughout the ticket sales period
    This exclusive promo can be claimed by U Mobile customers on the MyUMobile app.
  2. Grab Discounts

U Mobile customers will receive RM15 off Grab rides to and from The Bee, Publika on the event day. Customers can claim this super promo by downloading a unique code from the MyUMobile app.

  1. U Mobile Charging Station & Photo Wall

Upfront attendees have a dedicated charging station to recharge their phones and also a photo wall for them to snap wefies, selfies and #OOTDs against.

  1. U Munchies

U Mobile customers will get to enjoy F&B promos whenever they see the “U Munchies” sign displayed at The Bee, Publika. To redeem the U Munchies deal, U Mobile customers need to download the voucher code from the MyUMobile app.

 

Good Vibes Festival 2017

Launched in 2013, Good Vibes Festival has drawn a loyal following of music enthusiasts with their showcase of international, regional and local music acts. With a past line-up that included alternative rock idols The Smashing Pumpkins, electronic music stars Disclosure and indie rockers The 1975, Good Vibes has cemented its reputation as one of the best events the country has to offer.

This year, Good Vibes is scheduled to take place on 12th and 13th August 2017. U Mobile customers can look forward to:

  • Exclusive ticket giveaways
  • Special U Mobile price for festival tickets
  • Backstage passes where one can meet and greet the artists and catch their performances from the side of stage.

 

Ed Sheeran’s Malaysia Tour

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The ÷ (Divide) Tour is the third world concert tour by English singer-songwriter and musician, Ed Sheeran, in support of his third studio album, ÷ (Divide).

The tour will celebrate the tremendous success the Grammy-winning singer has had with his third LP, including the number 1 Billboard Hot 100 debut of “Shape of You,” which has topped the chart for six weeks so far, while second single “Castle on the Hill” entered at number 6, making Ed the first artist to ever have two singles make simultaneous top 10 debuts in the chart’s 58-year history. , ÷ (Divide) also broke the 1 billion YouTube views mark just two days after its release.

Full benefits for the upcoming major music events such as Good Vibes Festival and Ed Sheeran’s Tour in Malaysia will be unveiled on the U Mobile website in June 2017.

 

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