Electricity rebate, discount subject to govt's financial position, says Takiyuddin

Electricity rebate, discount subject to govt's financial position, says Takiyuddin
-A +A

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 6): Any consideration for rebates or discounts on electricity bills in the future is subject to the government's financial position, said Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan.

 In 2020, he said, the government provided a discount on electricity bills involving an expenditure of RM2.75 billion which was jointly funded funded by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) through the Covid-19 Fund (KWC), the Electricity Industry Fund and Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB).

He said this when winding up the debate on the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) in response to a proposal by Shaharizukirnain Abdul Kadir (PAS-Setiu) for the government to extend the electricity bill discounts for domestic consumers and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) until December.

Takiyuddin said the targeted discounts of up to 40% in electricity bills for domestic consumers and 5% for MSMEs for the period of July 1 to Sept 30, 2021 in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah involved an allocation of RM487 million.

Meanwhile, in response to an issue on mining raised by Wong Chen (Pakatan Harapan-Subang), he said approval letters for mining operations would not be issued for land with permanent forest reserve status or areas gazetted as environmentally sensitive.

In fact, the federal government would strongly disagree if there is a proposal for state governments to degazette permanent forest reserves for mining purposes, he added.

For more Parliament stories, click here.