Sarawak industries to enjoy cheaper electricity

Sarawak industries to enjoy cheaper electricity

SIBU - Commercial and industrial sectors in Sarawak will enjoy cheaper electricity from April.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said he would announce the new rates the same month.

He also said toll at the Lanang Bridge here would either be reduced or abolished altogether.

Speaking at a SUPP Chinese New Year gathering yesterday, he said there was no reason why the commercial and industrial sectors could not be accorded the cheaper rates enjoyed by foreign investors in the state.

"If we can build dams such as Bakun, Batang Air and Baram and give lower tariff to foreign investors, there is no reason why we cannot extend such benefits to local industries," he added.

On Nov 19 last year, on the final day of the State Legislative Assembly sitting, Adenan revised downwards electricity tariff for all domestic customers in the state effective January this year.

The new tariff is benefiting close to 60,000 customers, who are separate from the 70,000 already eligible for the Federal Government's RM20 (S$8) subsidy.

This means that about 130,000 low-income customers in Sarawak are receiving zero monthly bills.

About 240,000 others or close to 50 per cent of the Sarawak Electricity Board customers are benefiting from a tariff reduction of between 20 per cent and 40 per cent.

On the toll at Lanang Bridge, Adenan said he was now negotiating with the contractor, Woodville Sdn Bhd, to either reduce or abolish it.

"I will make an announcement on the matter in the middle of this year," he added to applause.

Politicians on both sides of the divide have been clamouring for the abolition of the toll which started in 2006, saying it was burdening the people and hampering economic growth in the region, which includes Sibu, Meradong and Sarikei.

He also said he would follow up with Putrajaya on his request for the United Examination Certificate of Malaysia to be recognised and on the promise of Petronas to give RM2.1bil (S$790 000)worth of contracts to Sarawakians.

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