Lower power rates in Malaysia welcomed

Lower power rates in Malaysia welcomed
Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai interacting with passengers on a bus

KUALA LUMPUR - MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has welcomed the lowered electric tariffs, calling it a "first step" taken in the interest of consumers.

He said he had previously raised the matter with the Cabinet and the price cut had received other members' support.

"With the support of the Cabinet members, all of us are also happy to note that there is a reduction in the tariff," he told reporters at the Bandar Tasik Selatan bus terminal here.

On Wednesday, the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry had announced that electricity charges would be 5.8 per cent cheaper in Peninsular Malaysia and 3.5 per cent cheaper in Sabah and Labuan from March 1 to June 30.

It will see domestic consumers saving between RM13.50 (S$5) and RM45 on their monthly bills.

When asked if he thought the tariff could be cut further, Liow indicated that the current price might be enough for the time being.

"We will have to see the fuel prices (first)," he added.

Liow, who is Transport Minister, launched the National Road Safety Campaign for Chinese New Year 2015.

He said police began their sixth Ops Selamat traffic operation yesterday and would carry on to Feb 26.

The Road Transport Department (JPJ) also started its Ops Bersepadu operations, he said, with a focus on bus drivers who took drugs.

JPJ officers, along with National Anti-Drug Agency officers, would be at 30 bus terminals nationwide 16 hours a day.

Liow hoped that the number of road deaths, which dropped from 6,915 in 2013 to 6,674 last year, would drop to about 5,350 in 2020.

On the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Liow hinted that more ships may join the search for the plane in the South Indian Ocean.

He said the Government was discussing the matter with China.

He also welcomed recent recommendations by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on tracking aircraft in real-time.

ICAO delegates had suggested that there be a 15-minute interval tracking standard for civilian aircraft.

This would be shortened to one-minute intervals in times of distress.

Asked when Malaysia Airlines would start with real-time tracking, Liow said the carrier was in the process of setting this up.

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