RM40mil on RM5 water subsidy this year — Utilities Ministry

There will be electricity and water bill discounts under BKSS 8.0 for the first six months of 2022. File Photo

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Jan 13: Sarawak government is expected to spend RM40 million on its RM5 water subsidy for domestic consumers this year.

Utilities Ministry permanent secretary Datuk Alice Jawan said the new policy takes effect Jan 1.

“Sarawakian domestic households should have received the new water bills, which will reflect the new policy.

“The new policy covers all domestic households but not for commercial shoplots and those staying in these shoplots,” she told DayakDaily.

She said for the new policy to be effective, a lot of IT system adjustment needed to be made, which has been done last December.

“Some domestic households may have yet to receive the new bill due to reading schedule. But by the end of the month, they should receive it. If after the end of the month, they have yet to receive it, then they will need to contact the water boards in their area,” she added.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg announced the new initiatives when tabling Sarawak Budget 2020 last November.

He said the programme will help reduced the financial burden of the people. This would benefit an estimated of 600,000 household accounts throughout the state. — DayakDaily