Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) is a statutory body which was established on October
24, 1980 in accordance with Act 231 (Corporation 1980). The Highway Authority of
Malaysia was established to supervise and execute the design, construction, regulation,
operation and maintenance of inter-urban highways, to impose and collect tolls,
to enter into contracts and to provide for matters connected there-with.
The establishment of the Authority was to plan, design, develop, manage and administer
a network of modern highways equipped with sufficient facilities for the purpose
of providing a fast, safe and efficient transportation system on a national scale,
connecting all major towns and their surrounding with potential for economic, cultural,
social development and national unity and enabling an effective inter-urban public
road transport system throughout the country besides to enhance employee skills
and expertise through training in all of highway development and maintenance.
In additional, with reference to Act 231, the Highway Authority of Malaysia (Incorporation)
Act 1980, the roles of the Authority also to supervise and execute the design, construction
and maintenance of highways as determined by the Federal Government, to supervise
and execute the design, construction and maintenance of rest and service areas and
other facilities that maybe deemed necessary along highways, to collect toll from
the users of highway and other dues from facilities along highways to plan and carry
out research to ensure efficient utilization of highways and other facilities along
highways; and generally, to do everything for the betterment and proper use of highways
and other facilities along highways.
However, after the National Privatisation Policy was introduced in 1983, LLM role
as outlined by Act 231, has changed, from a body which is solely responsible for
the toll, to be a body responsible for regulating the development and management
of toll highways in Malaysia. It is to ensure that the highways concessionaires
always providing good quality, safe and comfortable highways to the users.