The Government is extending the discounts given on electricity bill during MCO until December this year, earlier it was announced that the period will be from April to September.
Energy and Natural Resource Minister, Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah 7.66 million domestic users will benefit from this additional support. From October 1 to December households across the nation will enjoy 2 to 50 % discounts on their electricity bill.
This is on top of the RM77 rebate given for those exceeding a certain amount for April, May June usage, the generosity has been met with much appreciation. However, the situation wasn’t this jovial two weeks ago. Before the announcement by Prime Minister on the additional rebate, TNB and Malaysian citizen were at loggerheads on the unexpected high electricity bill received during MCO. The energy company was not able to send out its personal to read the meters due to Covid-19 lockdown, instead using usage patterns, TNB derived with billing based on its own calculation metrics. Many Malaysians felt the calculations were dubious and the bills were higher than they usually are. Tenaga Nasional has assured the methodology is correct and the high bill could be due to higher consumption during MCO.
After much retaliation, the Government decided to step in and offer the rebates, as for the additional 3 months extension this exercise will cost the government RM392 million which will be funded by KWEI under the Energy Commission.