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Monday December 2, 2013 MYT 8:25:00 PM
Monday December 2, 2013 MYT 8:26:50 PM
by michelle tam
PETALING JAYA: News of the upcoming increase in electricity rates sparked a charged discussion among many concerned netizens.
Effective Jan 1, electricity rates will go up by 15% in peninsular Malaysia and 17% in Sabah and Labuan.
The announcement seemed to leave @2sayornot2say speechless, as the tweeter responded with a meme saying: “Oh god, just kill me now”.
Tweeter @begitu_begini called the increase “ridiculous for Sabah and Labuan” as those areas experience frequent electricity interruptions, while @syahbandar7 wondered if it was done to “induce green tech demand.”
@blanceflower voiced her objection against the move: “What is the significant reason on why the rate is 2% higher in the East? I DISAGREE. East minimum wage is already LOWER than the West.”
@nrsyairah cited advice from her elders: “My grandma said, we should start buying more candles!!! #NewRate”
The increase earned a dispassionate reaction from @EmilyIliani, who felt “apathetic” about the situation: “The worse case is I can't afford electricity and we'll have 24 hour / 7 day / 4 week / 12 month #EarthHour.”
On Facebook, YH Tang said he was not looking to the countdown celebration this New Year, while Molly P Subramaniam sighed over how “everyone can start looking for second jobs”.
However, Daniel Poobalan took a more caustic view and pinpointed excessive electricity consumption: “So now what? Blame the government for the increase? Serves us right for wasting electricity.”
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