Remarks of President Joko Widodo at the Inauguration of Pandaan-Malang Toll Road Operation, on 13 May 2019, at Singosari Toll Gate, Malang Regency, East Java Province
Unofficial English Translation
Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the people have been anticipating the Surabaya-Malang Toll Road for years. Previously, the Malang Regent said it took almost three hours, sometimes it could take three-and-a-half hours. Now, after the construction finished, it will take about only an hour to drive.
The construction work of 7.8 kilometers has been delayed. But I have instructed them to finish the construction by the end of the year. Hopefully, it can be faster.
Secondly, I have instructed Minister of State-Owned Enterprises to ensure that the toll road will be free of charge until this years Eid holiday ends and the Minister has reaffirmed her commitment to do so.
I conclude my remarks in this good opportunity.
I hope that the toll road can accelerate mobility of goods, services, and people so that Malang will truly become a tourist area connected by this toll road, and we hope that the economic growth will improve and rise.
By saying bismillahirrahmanirrahim, I officially open the Pandaan-Malang Toll Road section I, section II, and section III.
Wassalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.(Public Relation Division of Cabinet Secretariat)(RIF/AW/YM/Naster)