Fed govt agrees on tax exemption for EV, hydrogen-powered vehicles; permit for S’wak to import 1,000 units

Abang Johari speaks during the ceremony at Bintulu Additional Gas Facility (BAGSF-2) on Sept 18, 2023. Photo credit: Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas)

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By Shikin Louis

BINTULU, Sept 18: The Federal government has agreed to implement tax exemption for EV (electric) and hydrogen-powered vehicles and give Approve Permits (APs) for Sarawak to import 1,000 units of the vehicle.

Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said the two matters were among the matters discussed during the Federal Cabinet meeting at Wisma Bapa Malaysia in Kuching two days ago (Sept 16).

“You know what happened two days ago? They (federal government) have agreed to give incentives for EV and hydrogen-powered vehicles by giving an exemption on tax.

“Secondly, the federal government has agreed to issue AP for Sarawak to import 1,000-unit vehicles that use hydrogen or EV.

“This is the first incentive that the federal government gives. They give to Sarawak first, and we will promote EV vehicles.

“For that, I thank Prime Minister Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim after I had given a 30-minute briefing to the Federal Cabinet members,” he said during the Bintulu Additional Gas Facility (BAGSF-2) First Gas Ceremony held at the site today.

Amongst those present were Sarawak’s Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan; Minister of Food Industry, Commodity and Regional Development Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom; Minister in the Premier’s Department Datuk John Sikie Tayai; Deputy Minister of Energy and Environmental Sustainability Dr Hazland Abang Hipni; Sarawak Petchem Sdn Bhd chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain; Petronas board member Dato Ibrahim Baki; Senior Vice President of Malaysia Petroleum Management, Mohamed Firouz Asnan and Bintulu resident Nyurak Keti. — DayakDaily