State govt to spend RM40 million in water subsidy
The Sarawak government will spend about RM40 million per year to cover the cost of free water for the first RM5 of the monthly water bill in the state starting January 1 next year.
KUCHING: The Sarawak government will spend about RM40 million per year to cover the cost of free water for the first RM5 of the monthly water bill in the state starting Jan 1 next year.
This was disclosed by the Utility Ministry through a press statement yesterday.
It is one of the initiatives of the Sarawak Government to reduce the financial burden, especially for the rural communities in Sarawak, the statement added.
The rationale for the RM5 is based on the average monthly water bill per account of the rural communities.
It is estimated that a total of 600,000 domestic and rural consumers in Sarawak will benefit from this initiative.
This news was first announced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg who is also Finance Minister, when tabling the State Budget 2020 in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) on Monday.
In the same statement the ministry also announced free electricity connection charges of up to RM5,000 and subsidies of up to 70 per cent for connection charges of between RM5,000 and RM10,000 for low income urban households.
“More than 22,000 households comprising low income urban households as well as rural households supplied under current rural electrification programs will benefit from this new policy, easing financial burden.”
“We believe this will also expedite our vision to achieve full electricity coverage by 2025 or earlier, providing 24-hour access to reliable, renewable and affordable supply,” the statement said.