State govt to spend RM40 mil­lion in water sub­sidy

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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.

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