By Emma Victoria
ALTHOUGH Sarawak enjoys the lowest electricity tariffs in the country, it does not mean that its people are not burdened by the high power bills, especially since almost everyone is affected by the Movement Control Order and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said Sarawakians also incurred soaring electricity bills during the MCO period as most people were confined to their homes to curb the spread of virus.
“It is only fair that the federal government engages with the local state-owned utility company – the Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) -to extend such financial aid to Sarawak as well.
“Sarawakians deserve to enjoy the additional discounts and rebates for domestic user’s electricity bills provided and not limit it to those in West Malaysia,” he said.
Currently, SEB under the state government provides 23 per cent discount and this is on top of the two per cent the federal government announced earlier under the economic stimulus package.
Last week, the federal government announced an allocation of an additional RM 942 million in discounts and rebates for domestic user’s which includes free electricity for April until June if their consumption during the period was for under 300kWh or RM 77.
“This means that the initial 2 per cent has been pushed up to about 10 per cent by the federal government but this is only limited to those in West Malaysia.
“So, we should also enjoy the additional rebates of 10 per cent from federal government on top of the 23 per cent from the state government on the electricity bill which is also high during this MCO period.”
“This will allow the Sarawakians to enjoy free electricity if we use below RM 77.
“Otherwise, we are only given the 25 per cent discount, but do not enjoy free electricity if we use under RM 77,” he said in a statement today.
Yii said the federal government’s initiative should be applied to all Malaysians regardless of location.
“I urge both the federal and state governments to extend such incentives and rebates to both Sabah and Sarawak so that all Malaysians regardless of demography will not be left out from such benefit,” he stressed.