Malaysian have been taking to social media to complain about extremely high electricity bills multiple times above normal charges. To help lessen the burden, government introduced the Bantuan Prihatin Elektrik (BPE). Find out in detail about the latest PRIHATIN initiative.
Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah said that the assistance will benefit 7.66 million consumers in the residential and domestic properties in Peninsular Malaysia.
“Under the Bantuan Prihatin Elektrik, 52.2% or four million consumers in the domestic category, whose bill is below RM77 or electricity consumption is below 300-kilowatt-hour (kWh), will enjoy electricity for free for April, May and June this year. Consumers in the domestic category, whose electricity consumption is more than 300kWh, will receive a rebate of up to RM231 or RM77 monthly for electricity for April, May and June.” ~ Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah.
He added that the consumers that already paid their bills for the 3 months will see the credit in their July bill.
For domestic consumer with electricity usage between 601kWh and 900kWh, will benefit with additional 10% discount from existing discount of 2% from April until September 2020.
“A total 916,000, or 12 per cent, of total consumers will benefit from this discount,” he said.
Shamsul Anuar said RM942 million has been set aside for the Bantuan Prihatin Elektrik which will be jointly funded by Kumpulan Wang Industri Elektrik (KWIE), the Finance Ministry and Tenaga Nasional Bhd.
“Following the implementation of the Bantuan Prihatin Elektrik, the total discount given to consumers from April 1 until Sept 30 will increase to RM2.2 billion,” he added.