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This is a chronology of major events in the Malaysian Expressway System.

DateEventsRemarks
1961Jalan Universiti and Jalan Gasing were the first dual-carriageway road in Malaysia since independence.
August 1965Jalan Kinabalu flyover was the first flyover in Malaysia since independence.
16 March 1966The Tanjung Malim-Slim River tolled road (Federal Route 'Bold text'), Malaysia's first tolled highway was opened to traffic. Toll collection began on 6 am in the morning. Length : 25 kilometres
Tanjung Malim - Slim River
1967Federal Highway Route 'Bold text', which is the first dual-carriageway highway in Malaysia was opened to traffic. It connects Port Swettenham (now Port Klang) to Kuala Lumpur.Length : 45 kilometres
Port Swettenham (Port Klang) - Kuala Lumpur
Early 1970s The idea to built a bridge linking Seberang Perai to Penang Island was suggested by the late Tun Abdul Razak, the second Prime Minister of Malaysia.
3 April 1973The upgrading works on the Federal Highway Route 'Bold text' from Petaling Jaya to Kuala LumpurSix lane carriageway
(Guinness Brewery, Seri Setia - EPF Building)

Eight lane carriageway
(EPF Building - Jalan Pantai Baharu)

2 Motorcycle lanes
4 flyovers
Late 1970s The Penang Bridge was planned during the term of third Prime Minister, Tun Hussein Onn.
June 1977 The construction of the North-South Expressway had begun.
1979Opening of the Genting Sempah Tunnel and Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway.Length : 60 kilometres
Kuala Lumpur - Karak
24 October 1980Constitution of the Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA)Established by Act of Parliament as a statutory body in 1981
23 July 1981 Works Minister S. Samy Vellu announced that the Penang Bridge, Penang would be constructed using the cable-stayed concrete girder of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge instead of the steel-tied arch in the style of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
2 January 1982All roads, highways and expressways in Malaysia are now switched to the Metric unit of kilometres replacing Imperial unit of miles.
13 February 1982Official opening of the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban ExpresswayLength : 47 kilometres
Kuala Lumpur - Seremban
1982Construction of the Penang Bridge officially began
1983Opening of the North Klang Straits Bypass (Federal Route 'Bold text')Length: 15.1 kilometres
Sungai Rasau - Port Klang
1 April 1985Official Opening of the Bukit Kayu Hitam – Jitra HighwayLength : 24 kilometres
3 August 1985Official opening of the Penang BridgeYAB Prime Minister of Malaysia
Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad
Length : 13.5 kilometres
Seberang Perai - Penang Island
14 September 1985Penang Bridge is officially opened to traffic.
2 November 1985Official Opening of the Senai – Johor Bahru Highway (Skudai Highway)Length : 25 kilometres
27 June 1986Formation of Highway Concessionnaires Berhad, the first highway concessionaire in Malaysia
March 1987Opening of the Jalan Kuching Toll Plaza on Kuala Lumpur-Rawang Highway (Federal Route 'Bold text')
13 August 1987Official Opening of the Seremban – Ayer Keroh Highway and the closing of the old Seremban Toll Plaza near LabuLength : 68.4 kilometres
28 September 1987Official Opening of the Ipoh – Changkat Jering HighwayLength : 53.4 kilometres
1 October 1987The closed-toll system came into force along the Kuala Lumpur-Ayer Keroh and Ipoh-Changkat Jering expressways
13 May 1988Highway Concessionaires Berhad changes its name to Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan Berhad (PLUS)
6 June 1988Official Opening of the Jitra – Gurun HighwayLength : 59 kilometres
1 February 1989The Malaysian National Speed Limit was enforcedLight vehicles : 110 km/h (expressways); 90 km/h (federal and state roads)

Heavy vehicles : 90 km/h (expressways); 80 km/h (federal and state roads)
1 April 1989Official Opening of the Ayer Keroh – Pagoh HighwayLength : 54.4 kilometres
1 April 1990First Malaysian highway patrol unit "PLUS Ronda" formedTo assist users stranded on highways
7 December 1990Official Opening of the Bukit Raja – Damansara HighwayLength : 21.1 kilometres
14 April 1991Official Opening of the Gurun – Sungai Petani (S) HighwayLength : 24.8 kilometres
September 1991Opening of the Cheras Highway (Federal Route 'Bold text') and Jalan Cheras Toll Plaza
28 March 1992Official Opening of the Damansara – Rawang HighwayLength : 28.4 kilometres
1 August 1992Official Opening of the Rawang – Tanjung Malim HighwayLength : 43 kilometres
1 October 1992Official Opening of the Pagoh - Yong Peng (N) HighwayLength : 47 kilometres
1 January 1993The Malaysian Highway Network Development Plan blueprint is launched
11 January 1993Official Opening of the Bukit Lanjan – Jalan Duta Highway and the New Klang Valley ExpresswayYAB Prime Minister of Malaysia
Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad

Total Length : 35 kilometres

Bukit Lanjan – Jalan Duta Highway
Length : 8.3 kilometres

25 June 1993Official Opening of the Simpang Pulai – Gopeng HighwayLength : 10 kilometres
12 August 1993Official Opening of the Yong Peng (N) – Machap HighwayLength : 26.7 kilometres
17 August 1993Official Opening of the Sungai Petani (S) – Butterworth HighwayLength : 28.5 kilometres
1 October 1993Official Opening of the Tapah – Tanjung Malim HighwayLength : 72.5 kilometres
1 November 1993Official Opening of the Sedenak – Skudai HighwayLength : 27.6 kilometres
14 November 1993Official Opening of the Federal Highway Route 'Bold text' tolled highway Batu Tiga - Sungai RasauLength : 15 kilometres
8 January 1994Official Opening of the Machap – Sedenak HighwayLength : 31.7 kilometres
8 January 1994Official Opening of the Skudai – Johor Bahru HighwayLength : 17.3 kilometres
16 January 1994Official Opening of the Ipoh Selatan – Simpang Pulai HighwayLength : 13.6 kilometres
5 February 1994Official Opening of the Juru – Changkat Jering HighwayLength : 79.5 kilometres
7 February 1994Official Opening of the Gopeng – Tapah HighwayLast stretch
Length : 30.3 kilometres
Completed 15 months ahead of schedule
1 March 1994 The construction of the North-South Expressway Central Link began
22 March 1994Construction of the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link officially began
8 September 1994Official Opening of the North-South ExpresswayYAB Prime Minister of Malaysia
Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad

Length : 966 kilometres
September 1994Official launch of the PLUS TAG, the first electronic payment system (EPS) in MalaysiaFrom Rawang to Bukit Raja on North South Expressway Northern Route and NKVE
From Sungai Rasau to Batu Tiga on Federal Highway Route 2 (FHR2)
1 August 1995Opening of the Jalan Pahang Toll Plaza on Genting Klang-Pahang Highway (Federal Route 'Bold text')
17 August 1995Official opening of the East-West Link ExpresswayLength : 13 kilometres
11 March 1996Official Opening of the Sungai Buloh Overhead Bridge RestaurantFirst Overhead Bridge Restaurant in Malaysia opened on NSE
June 1996Official opening of the Seafield - Sri Petaling sections of the Shah Alam Expressway and the Shah Alam - USJ sections of the North-South Expressway Central Link.
18 March 1997The Official launch of the Touch 'n Go Electronic Payment System (EPS)
October 1997Official Opening of the Shah Alam Expressway and the North-South Expressway Central Link.Shah Alam Expressway
Length : 34.5 kilometres

North-South Expressway Central Link
Length : 60 kilometres
November 1997Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway is upgraded to a four-lane expressway
18 April 1998Official Opening of the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link (including the Tuas Checkpoint on the Singapore side, Sultan Abu Bakar Custom, Immigration and Quarantine Checkpoint and Second Link Expressway on the Malaysia side)YAB Prime Minister of Malaysia
Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad

Prime Minister of Singapore
Mr Goh Chok Tong

Length : kilometres
June 1998Official opening of the Butterworth-Kulim ExpresswayLength : 17 kilometres
17 October 1998PLUSRonda is the first highway patrol in Malaysia to be given Royal Malaysian Police Auxiliary Police power.
15 January 1999Official opening of the Cheras - Kajang ExpresswayLength : 11.5 kilometres
February 1999Official opening of the Damansara-Puchong ExpresswayLength : 40 kilometres
15 March 1999Official launching of Smart TAG on-board unit (OBU) and lanes on NSE replaced PLUS TAG21 plazas from Bukit Beruntung to Senawang
11 April 1999Official opening of the Ayer Keroh Overhead Bridge RestaurantSecond OBR opened on NSE
15 May 1999Official opening of the Sungai Besi ExpresswayLength : 16 kilometres
1 February 2000 Construction of the East Coast Expressway began.
4 February 2000First Drive-Through Purchase and Refill Touch ‘n Go card lane (POS) opened on NSE (Subang Toll Plaza)TNG users can refill and purchase new TNG card directly from the lane without the hassle of going to customer service centres.
15 March 2000TNG POS lane opened at Batu Tiga Toll Plaza
April 2000Official opening of Galeri Seni Art on PLUSAyer Keroh OBR
First art gallery on highway
2 May 2000TNG POS lane opened at Sungai Besi Toll Plaza
August 2000SmartTAG lanes opened at five more toll plazasAllow users to use SmartTAG from North to South
Sungai Dua, Juru, Jelapang, Ipoh Selatan and Skudai toll plazas
8 August 2000TNG POS lane opened at Ipoh Selatan, Damansara, Rawang, Sungai Buloh, Bukit Raja, Sungai Rasau and Kajang toll plazas.
14 October 2000Official Opening of the Ekspres Travel Shoppe at Sungai Buloh OBRFirst travel and souvenir shop selling highway-related items
15 February 2001Official opening of Putra Mahkota Interchange5 lanes (including 2 TNG lanes)
17 May 2001Official opening of the Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH)Length : 7.9 kilometres
10 June 2001Official opening of the ELITE Fasttrack Speedzone OpeningFirst Go-Kart Track on Highway
16 June 2001Official opening of the Ekspres Travel Shoppe at Tapah R&R2nd E’Shoppe on NSE
12 July 2001Official opening of the Kerinchi Link and Damansara Link on the Sprint ExpresswayLength : kilometres

Western Dispersal Link Scheme
29 January 2002PLUS Expressways incorporated in Malaysia as the Public CompanyPLUS Expressways is a holding company with a single wholly owned subsidiary, PLUS.
6 May 2002Launch of Spectacular Advertising Board at Sungai BesiLargest Advertising Board on Highway
13 July 2002Brick ceremony of the Pendang InterchangeDeputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
30 October 2002Old Nilai Interchange Closed12 midnight
31 October 2002New Nilai Interchange Opened Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan
Dato’ Seri Utama Tan Sri Hj Mohd Isa Dato’ Hj Abdul Samad
12:01 am
To replace old Nilai Interchange
RM49.77 million
Location: KM 283.5
12 lanes
31 October 2002Touch ‘n Go auto-reload facility relaunched
7 January 2003The Jalan Kuching Toll Plaza on Kuala Lumpur-Rawang Highway (Federal Route 'Bold text') was officially closed.
14 February 2003 The Southern Integrated Gateway (New CIQ complex and new bridge) in Johor Bahru is officially launched by the then Malaysian prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad.
March 2003Official opening of the Kota Damansara InterchangeAlternative access to Kota Damansara and Mutiara Damansara
1 September 2003ELITE and Linkedua are now under PLUS Expressways Berhad
21 September 2003Official opening of the Tun Salahuddin Bridge in Kuching, Sarawak.Chief Minister of Sarawak
Tan Sri Datu Patinggi Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud
Length : 4 kilometres
25 November 2003The construction of the Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART Tunnel) projects has begun
18 March 2004The Jalan Cheras Toll Plaza was officially closed
March 2004The Senai Toll Plaza on Skudai Highway (Federal Route 'Bold text') was officially closed
22 April 2004Official opening of the East Coast Expressway Phase 1 Karak - KuantanDYMM Sultan of Pahang
Length : 350 kilometres
May 2004Official opening of the Penchala Link on the Sprint ExpresswayLength : 26.5 kilometres
1 July 2004The electronic payment system, Touch 'n Go and Smart TAG, have been made compulsory in all expressways. Other EPS toll systems like FasTrak (Gamuda Expressway Networks) and SagaTag (Cheras - Kajang Expressway) were abolished
8 July 2004Official opening of the Kajang Dispersal Link Expressway (SILK)Length : 37 kilometres
11 July 2004Official opening of the New Pantai ExpresswayLength : 19.6 kilometres
14 September 2004The Jalan Pahang Toll Plaza on Genting Klang-Pahang Highway (Federal Route 'Bold text') was officially closed
July 2005Official opening of the Guthrie Corridor ExpresswayLength : 25 kilometres
September 2005Official opening of the Butterworth Outer Ring RoadLength : 14 kilometres
12 April 2006 Construction of the new Tanjung Puteri road bridge replacing the Malaysian side of causeway was cancelledTo avoid implication laws between two countries.
June 2006Tapah RSA (both directions) in Perak is the first rest and service area in the Malaysian expressway to have wireless broadband internet facilities was launched
14 July 2006Official opening of the Setia Alam Interchange and Shah Alam-Meru HighwayAlternative access to Setia Alam, Meru and Kapar
August 2006The Malaysian federal government plans to build the Penang Second Bridge in the Ninth Malaysia PlanTo slove the congestion of the Penang Bridge.
18 October 2006 Official Opening of the Pendang InterchangeAlternative access to Pendang and Kota Sarang Semut
12 November 2006 The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Penang Second BridgePrime Minister of Malaysia
Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
2 April 2007 Official Opening of the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) Traffic Management Centre (LLM TMC)Minister of Works
Dato' Seri S Samy Vellu
14 April 2007 Opening of the motorway tunnel sections for the Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART Tunnel)3:00 pm
Length : 4 kilometres
To solve the problem of flash floods in Kuala Lumpur and also to reduce traffic jams along Jalan Sungai Besi and Yew flyover at Pudu during rush hour.
15 July 2007The second part of the East Coast Expressway Phase 1, the Sri Jaya Interchange and Jabur Interchange was opened
August 2007 The completion of upgrading works on North-South Expressway including:- Rawang-Slim River six-lane carriageway, and Seremban-Ayer Keroh six-lane carriageway
September 2007 The construction of the Kemuning-Shah Alam Highway (LKSA)Length: 14.7 kilometres
Linking Shah Alam to Kota Kemuning
1 October 2007The construction of the JB Eastern Dispersal LinkLength: 7 kilometres
The new expressway linking Pandan Interchange on North-South Expressway to the new CIQ complex (Southern Integrated Gateway)
10 October 2007Opening of the Pontian-Johor Bahru Parkway (Pontian Link)Length 2.7 kilometres
Linking Pulai Interchange to Ulu Choh-Gelang Patah Interchange
13 December 2007Opening of the Kuala Lumpur-Putrajaya ExpresswayLength: 42 kilometres
The main backbone of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC)
5 March 2008Official opening of the Bandar Saujana Putra Interchange
18 March 2008Butterworth-Kulim Expressway (BKE) has now under PLUS Expressways Berhad
9 March 2008The Kuala Lumpur-Putrajaya Expressway has changed its named to Maju Expressway
7 June 2008 The new Ipoh North toll plaza (South bound) replacing old Jelapang toll plaza is now opened to traffic.
15 August 2008 The new Ipoh North toll plaza (North bound) replacing old Jelapang toll plaza is now opened to traffic.
22 August 2008 Officially opening of the Kajang-Seremban Highway Phase 1 Kajang Selatan - PajamMinister of Works
Datuk Ir Mohd Zin
Length : 44.3 kilometres
22 September 2008 The new Ipoh South toll plaza (South bound) replacing old Ipoh South toll plaza is now opened to traffic.
23 October 2008 The new PLUS Expressway Berhad corporate logo is launched.
1 December 2008Opening of the new CIQ Complex and short-term access (STA) temporary road (Southern Integrated Gateway) (Sultan Iskandar CIQ Complex) in Johor Bahru. Officially known as Sultan Iskandar ComplexDYMM Sultan of Johor
The largest CIQ complex in Malaysia
16 December 2008The Sultan Iskandar Complex is opened to light vehiclesAt 12:01 am on Tuesday
17 December 2008Launching of the PLUSMiles toll rebate loyalty program.The first and the only toll expressway loyalty programme in Malaysia
1 January 2009Class 1 highway users travelling on the North-South Expressway (NSE) and North-South Expressway Central Link (ELITE) between 12:00 midnight and 7:00 am will be able to enjoy 10 percent toll discount.
9 January 2009Opening of the Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway
Phase 1 Sentul Pasar - Ulu Klang and Phase 2 Greenwood - Sentul Pasar
Length: 18 kilometres

Kuala Lumpur Northeast Dispersal Link Scheme
14 February 2009Collection of toll at the PJS 2 toll plaza heading towards Kuala Lumpur on the New Pantai Expressway (NPE) near Petaling Jaya, Selangor has been abolished.To ease the burden of residents of Taman Medan, Kampung Dato' Harun and nearby areas due to the none availability of an alternative route for the KL bound residents resulting from a reconfiguration of traffic flow in the area
19 February 2009Official opening of the Putra Heights Interchange
25 February 2009The Salak Jaya toll plaza (south bound) on Sungai Besi Expressway is abolished and the future expansion of the Besraya expressway to the Kuala Lumpur Middle Ring Road 2 near Pandan is announced.
30 April 2009Opening of the Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway
Phase 3 Jalan Duta - Sentul Pasar
Length: 18 kilometres

Kuala Lumpur Northeast Dispersal Link Scheme
23 May 2009Malaysia plans to build the third crossing bridge connecting Pengerang in the eastern of Johor to Changi in Singapore
14 July 2009 The completion of upgrading works on North-South Expressway including:- Kuala Lumpur-Penang Through Traffic (Ipoh North (Jelapang) - Ipoh South)Minister of Works
Dato’ Shaziman Hj Abu Mansor

Beginning 11:00 am
Length: 14.7 kilometres
Highway users are no longer required to stop for toll transactions at the Ipoh North and Ipoh South Toll Plazas.
August 2009 The construction of the South Klang Valley Expressway
Section 1B, 2 and 3: Cyberjaya - Pulau Indah
Length: 51.7 kilometres
Linking Cyberjaya to Pulau Indah
1 September 2009The 20 per cent expressway toll rebate given to motorists who pay toll charges more than 80 times a month, can be saved for up to six months. The rebate can be redeemed at 126 locations which would be announced in due time.
10 September 2009Opening of the Senai-Desaru Expressway
Phase 1: Senai - Cahaya Baru
Length: 50 kilometres
17 September 2009Motorists using the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway and the East Coast Expressway (both

Exit 1888) can drive toll free on September 18 and 24 from midnight to 5am during Hari Raya Aidilfitri.||

25 September 2009The Automated Enforcement System (AES) will be introduced for all expressways and highways in Malaysia.To reduced road accidents.
6 January 2010The PLUSTransit reusable transit cards is introduced replacing the existing transit tickets.The Sungai Dua-Hutan Kampung stretch on the North-South Expressway become the first highway to used the transit cards.
8 January 2010Official opening of the Persada PLUS, the PLUS Expressways Berhad main headquarters in Subang Interchange of the New Klang Valley Expressway, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.YAB Prime Minister of Malaysia
Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak


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15 April 2010Construction of the new interchange of the North-South Expressway including:- Alor Pongsu Interchange, Sungai Buaya Interchange and Bukit Gambir Interchange
18 May 2010Opening of the Kemuning-Shah Alam Highway (LKSA)Minister of Works
Dato’ Shaziman Hj Abu Mansor

Length: 14.7 kilometres
Linking Shah Alam to Kota Kemuning
1 July 2010 Opening of the South Klang Valley Expressway
Section 1B: Cyberjaya - Saujana Putra
Minister of Works
Dato’ Shaziman Hj Abu Mansor

Length: 12 kilometres
Linking Cyberjaya to Bandar Saujana Putra
2 August 2010Heavy vehicles is banned during peak hours in the morning to ease congestion at certain routes of the PLUS Expressways in the Klang Valley. The areas affected:
* New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) (Shah Alam - Jalan Duta)
* North-South Expressway Northern Route (Sungai Buloh - Bukit Lanjan)
* Federal Highway Route 2 (Subang - Sungai Rasau)
To ease congestion during peak hours in the morning
Monday to Friday (except public holidays)
6:30 am to 9:30 pm
10 August 2010 Officially opening of the Kajang-Seremban HighwayMinister of Works
Dato’ Shaziman Hj Abu Mansor

Length : 44.3 kilometres
Linking Kajang to Seremban
2 September 2010The Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway and the East Coast Expressway Phase 1 (ECE 1) (both

Exit 1888) will be toll-free from 9pm till 6am on Sept 7, 8, 15 and 16 during Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays.||

15 October 2010The new expressway will be build under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). These include:
* West Coast Expressway (WCE) (Taiping - Banting)
* Guthrie-Damansara Expressway (GDE) (Elmina - Damansara)
* Jelas Expressway (Jelas) (Jelapang - Selama - Batu Kawan)
* South Kedah Expressway (Lekas) (Kulim - Bandar Baharu)
* Sungai Juru Expressway (SJE) (Sungai Juru - Batu Kawan)
* Paroi-Senawang-KLIA Expressway (PSKE) (Paroi - Senawang - KLIA)
7 December 2010The Jelutong Expressway and Bayan Lepas Expressway (Federal Route 'Bold text') is renamed Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu ExpresswayLength: 17.8 kilometres
17 May 2011The toll collections of the East-West Link Expressway from Salak Interchange to Taman Connaught Interchange is abolished.Minister of Works
Dato’ Shaziman Hj Abu Mansor
10 June 2011Opening of the Senai-Desaru Expressway
Phase 2: Cahaya Baru - Desaru and Sungai Johor Bridge
Minister of Works
Dato’ Shaziman Hj Abu Mansor

Length: 27 kilometres
Bridge length: 4 kilometres
23 June 2011Opening of the Kuala Lumpur-Kuala Selangor Expressway (KLS) or LATAR ExpresswayMinister of Works
Dato’ Shaziman Hj Abu Mansor

Length: 32 kilometres
Linking Ijok to Templer's Park
22 August 2011Official opening of the East Coast Expressway Phase 2 Jabur - Kuala Terengganu

Package 10: Bukit Besi - Ajil

Package 11 and 12: Telemong - Kuala Terengganu
(Bukit Payung-Telemung Highway: Bukit Payong - Telemong)
Package 10
Length : 42.4 kilometres

Package 11 and 12
Length : 9.2 kilometres
(Bukit Payong - Telemong Highway
Length : 16.5 kilometres)
Upcoming event
Unknown date
The Multi Lane Free Flow (MLFF) will be introduced to all expressways in Malaysia

See alsoEdit

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