SABAK BERNAM, July 12 -- Selangor has emerged as the state that gets the highest electricity rebate in the country to the tune of RM12.9 million for bills of RM20 and below since Oct 2008 till May this year, said Deputy Minister for Energy, Green Technology and Water, Noriah Kasnon.
She said during the period 1,204,741 Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) customers received the rebate that was introduced in the 2009 Budget.
"Selangor is the highest receipient of the electricity rebate as there are still many poor families that use very little electricity. The government provides the rebate out of caring for the people even though the state is ruled by the opposition," Noriah told reporters here Sunday after officiating the TNB Customers' Day programme in the Sungai Besar constituency which she represents.
Also present was TNB president and chief executive officer, Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh.
When the budget was tabled, the government announced the rebate expected to cost RM150 million for domestic users whose monthly bill was a maximum of RM20 effective Oct 1, 2008 till the end of 2009.
However, according to TNB, users whose bills totaled 0kwh, like for unoccupied premises, were not eligible.
Noriah also said Putrajaya and Cyberjaya recorded the lowest receivers of rebates at RM29,000 involving 2,536 people in seven months since Oct 2008.
Meanwhile, Che Khalib said to enhance electricity supply in the Sungai Besar district TNB spent RM2.94 million to implement four projects to strengthen the high voltage system of 11kv which was completed early this year.
"For future planning, 10 projects have been identified for the district so that supply disruption can be minimised," he said.