66,600 households enjoy RM40 electricity bill rebate since Jan 1

Last update: 29/01/2019

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 29 (Bernama) -- A total of 66,600 poor and hardcore poor households registered and verified under e-Kasih have received their monthly electricity bill rebate of RM40 each effective Jan 1, this year, said Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) Minister Yeo Bee Yin.

However, she said, her ministry’s data showed that a total of 142,200 households registered under e-Kasih had yet to register with utility companies, namely, Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB), Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) and Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB).

“After taking into account the poverty line income of 2016, we target a total of 208,800 e-Kasih households to receive this assistance in order for the subsidy to be distributed to the target group.

“The government is very concerned and committed in an effort to ease the burden of the people through the 2019 Budget,” she said in a press conference on the latest development on the RM40 electricity bill rebate programme here today.

During the tabling of the 2019 Budget, the government announced the increase of the monthly electricity billing subsidy to RM40 from RM20 implemented previously, involving an allocation of RM140 million.....