Domestic electricity users will be able to continue enjoying the electricity bill discounts offered through the Prihatin economy stimulus plan until 31 December 2020 as the initiative has now been extended. The extension was announced by Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah.
The discounts in question are the tiered discounts of between 2% to 50%, granted based on the total monthly electricity consumption of each household. This offer began in April, and was originally slated to end in September.
Datuk Shamsul further clarified that the extension also applies to the extra 8% discount for domestic users who fall within the 601-900kWH (per month) range, which is offered through the Bantuan Prihatin Elektrik (BPE). The BPE was introduced as a supplementary package to the tiered discounts, intended as a one-off assistance to help Malaysians with higher-than-usual electricity bills incurred during the MCO.
“With this decision, a total of 7.66 million domestic users in the peninsula will continue to enjoy the electric bill discount between 2% and 50% from 1 October until 31 December as an extension announced by the Prime Minister on 27 March under the government’s economic stimulus,” said Datuk Shamsul in his statement.
Moreover, 520,000 and 580,000 domestic users in Sabah and Sarawak, respectively, will continue to benefit from a discount of 2% from the federal government until 31 December 2020. This is in addition to extra rebates that were provided by their own state government, with Sabah’s offer having just ended in June and Sarawak’s ending in September.
Datuk Shamsul also noted that the extension for users in Peninsular Malaysia will be funded by Kumpulan Wang Industry Elektrik (KWIE), whereas Sabah and Sarawak’s will be paid for by the Finance Ministry. “This brings the total cost involved for offering discounts from April to December to RM2.62 billion,” he said.
(Source: The Star)