Electricity tariff cut not enough, says Malaysia consumers' association

Electricity tariff cut not enough, says Malaysia consumers' association

PETALING JAYA: The Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association (Fomca) has welcomed the reduction in electricity cost but feels the cut is insignificant.

It wanted a 10 per cent reduction on the average power charge based on international fuel prices, pointing out that the proposed reduction, which was from March 1 to June 30, was only 5.8 per cent.

"We want the 10 per cent reduction to be enforced throughout the year because a four-month implementation period is too short to see the actual savings for the people or for businesses to adapt," said its president Datuk Marimuthu Nadason.

Fomca urged the Government to reveal the cost of producing 1kWh of electricity based on the actual rate and to explain how it arrived at a reduction of 5.8 per cent.

"We also want to know how much savings can be achieved by a consumer based on the reduction and by how much the prices of goods will come down," Marimuthu said.

Fomca has started an online petition urging Putrajaya to reduce the electricity cost by 10 per cent and to implement that throughout the year.

Businesses and industries welcome lower rates

Businesses and industries generally welcomed the lower electricity costs announced by the Government although not all were clear over the extent of its impact.

SME Malaysia association president Teh Kee Sin said the reduction was much lower than they expected, considering the drop in crude oil price to about half the rate it was when the electricity tariff was last revised in January last year.

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