BY: Rosli Mansor Ahmad Razali
Only domestic consumers who use excess electricity will be charged the current electricity tariff and will not be given subsidies.
According to the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, it aims to reduce the burden on domestic consumers, especially the B40 and M40 groups.
“For example, for a house with three fans, and four air conditioners, the should pay the actual cost and not use subsidies.
“It means that the M40 and B40 groups will not see an increase, but houses that use a lot of electricity will be charged according to the market price,” he explained.
He said this in a press conference after the meeting of the National Economic Action Council (MTEN) on Monday.
Previously, he said the government had also agreed not to raise electricity tariffs except for certain industrial sectors.
“We started at the beginning of this year. About our decision to reject the previous government’s proposal to increase electricity prices, we kept it (the rejection) for M40 and B40.
“(Only) an increase is imposed for large factories unless it is related to agriculture and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME).
“Don’t say there is an increase for 90 per cent of the people, but there is an increase in houses using excessive electricity, including the use of air conditioners a lot,” he said again.
Previously, the Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said that the provision of subsidies for electricity tariffs for domestic users in the T20 category needs to be reviewed in the future because this group is able to pay more competitive tariffs.
He said the country needs to switch to targeted subsidies in electricity tariffs by ensuring that only the targeted groups get the benefits.
Source: Astro Awani