Yong: Sarawak’s 2% discount for electricity is unacceptable

Menara Sarawak Energy in Kuching (SEB Pic)

By S. Harrish

IT is high time also for Sarawak’s ruling GPS to step up and fight for the rights of Sarawakians by telling the Federal government to give more electricity discounts for the state.

Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong said the silence from GPS on the issue was intolerable, unacceptable and irresponsible as the discount announced for Sarawak was a mere two percent.

“In my view, two percent discount on the electricity bill by the Federal government is just too little. In fact, it puts them in bad light for not treating the people of Sabah and Sarawak fairly and with sincerity.

“It is very disappointing to see that in many instances where people who need the most help from the government in the East Malaysia states, do not get what they deserve,” Yong said in a statement.

Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong

The DAP assemblywoman said even if there were any benefits from the Federal government, the share of cake that Sabah and Sarawak receive, were always low compared to the amount of revenue they have contributed to the federal coffers since the formation of Malaysia.

“In the case of Sarawak, we have contributed especially through oil and gas, in addition to the various federal taxes collected. Yet in return, the Perikatan Nasional government gives a mere two percent electricity discount.”

Yong urged the PN government to review its decision and increase the electricity discount rate for the states of Sabah and Sarawak.

She also asked the Sarawak government to follow the Federal government’s decision by extending the electricity discount period until the year end.

The initial electricity bill discount period is fixed for between April and September this year.