Premier: 5 to 25 pct off electricity bills extended

Abang Johari (seated, second left) announcing the extension of the electricity bill subsidy at a press conference in DUN Complex on Feb 2, 2023.

By Karen Bong and Ashley Sim

KUCHING, Feb 2: The Sarawak government will continue to subsidise 5 to 25 per cent of electricity bills for domestic users, commercials, and industries in Sarawak for the first six months of 2023.

Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg announced this at a press conference held in the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) complex, here today.

The extended subsidy involving a sum of RM200 million will be borne by the Sarawak government.

“The Sarawak government has decided to continue extending the Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) on electricity bill discount.

“This is to further assist the people and the business communities in riding through the post-Covid pandemic economic challenges and mitigating the rising cost of living as well as the cost of doing business,” he said.

Residents in Sarawak have been enjoying a discount of between five and 25 per cent on monthly electricity bills since April 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic first broke out, as part of the Sarawak government’s initiative to help alleviate the people’s financial burdens.

Introduced under the BKSS aid packages, the discount has benefited consumers in the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors. — DayakDaily