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The government will continue implementing the rebate programme for electricity bills below RM20, although it will keep trying to find a new mechanism to ensure the subsidy is only enjoyed by groups who actually need it.
Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin said for the time being, the electricity bill subsidy will continue to benefit all groups even though some are not eligible.
“There are people having bungalows, terrace houses and condominiums, but do not live in the houses which cause the electricity bill to dip below RM20, and they do not need the RM20 rebate,” she said when winding up the Supply (Reallocation of Appropriated Expenditure) Bill for her ministry at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.
Yeo said her ministry is planning to improve the electricity bill subsidy, which is limited to 179,000 consumers in the poor and abject poor groups.
Meanwhile, Yeo said the government will not proceed with the MySuria project involving the installation of solar cell panels at houses belonging to B40 families as it is difficult to implement.
“If we want to help the poor, there is no need to place a solar panel…just continue giving reasonable subsidies to the poor people in the villages.
“In the village, it is difficult for us to place a solar panel and connect it to the main grid…it is just too far. As such, we had limited it to 332 participants as the contract was signed for the next 10 years,” she said.
Currently, the government is providing RM1.13 million a year for the programme.
The MySuria programme was introduced in 2017 by the government and involves selected houses to be installed with solar panels to generate electricity before selling the electricity to Tenaga Nasional Bhd for a monthly income of RM250.