Water bill rebate for places of worship to continue next year

GEORGE TOWN: All houses of worship in Penang will continue to enjoy water subsidy next year.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said those which paid RM50 or less per water billing cycle (every two months) would receive RM5 while those that paid more than RM50 per cycle would receive RM10.

He said the subsidy, which had been given out since 2009, would cost the state government RM67,860 next year.

Lim, who is Penang Water Supply Corporation Sdn Bhd (PBAPP) chairman, said there were 1,675 houses of worship registered as water consumers with PBAPP.

He said they comprised 617 surau, 452 Chinese temples, 274 mosques, 177 Hindu temples, 130 churches, 20 Buddhist temples and five Sikh temples.

“PBAPP statistics indicate that more than 60% houses of worship pay RM50 or less for water supply every two months while the remaining pay more than RM50.

“There are those which only pay the minimum charge of RM5 per cycle while others that are more active pay more than RM1,000,” Lim said in a press statement yesterday.

He said PBAPP had been chosen by the state to implement this programme and that there was no need for any application.

“All houses of worship that are currently registered with PBAPP will automatically be credited accordingly in their water bill,” he added.

Those with queries can call PBAPP at 04-2634200.

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