BKSS electricity bill adjustments for domestic consumers to begin in Dec, reiterates utility minister

Julaihi speaking at the MOU signing ceremony at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) on Nov 8, 2023.

By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, Nov 8: Utility and Telecommunication (MUT) Sarawak minister Dato Sri Julaihi Narawi has reiterated that electricity bill adjustments for domestic consumers will begin next month (December) under the extended Sarawakku Sayang Special Aid (BKSS) discount.

Julaihi also stated that the amount from July, August, September, and October bill discounts will be deducted from the December bill.

“The adjustment probably will be extended to continue in January 2024. But your November bill will appear based on the BKSS, meaning that whatever adjustment will appear towards the end of the year,” he said during his speech at a ceremony for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for solar-ready homes in Sarawak between Hornbill Networks Consortium Sdn Bhd, Vestech Energy Sdn Bhd, and Alliance Bank Bhd today at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here.

The BKSS discount, he continued, is one of the initiatives undertaken by the Sarawak government to assist domestic consumers.

“I also hope that there is no doubt and worry for those who receive and get the information that the Sarawak government has continued and agreed to continue the BKSS assistance until Dec 31, 2023.

“I can say ‘yes’ (whether it is extended or not) because our ministry is the implementing ministry through Sarawak Energy Berhad.”

It was reported on Oct 9 that the Sarawak government will continue the monthly electricity bill discount initiative under the Sarawakku Sayang Special Aid, also known as BKSS, from July 1 to Dec 31, 2023, with discounts of up to 25 per cent for domestic consumers, 15 per cent for small commercial traders, and 10 per cent for small industrial traders.

Julaihi was reported as saying the previous subsidy ended in June of this year and that the State government will now extend the discount for an additional six months. — DayakDaily