IPOH: The High Court here has dismissed a legal firm's attempt to compel Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) to include a 2.5% rebate in the consumer's January electricity bill every year, instead of adding the amount to their existing deposit.
Justice Datuk Che Mohd Ruzima Ghazali dismissed the firm's application for a judicial review Wednesday.
BH Koh, Soong, Zarin and Partners had filed applications for a judicial review and a mandamus order to compel the first respondent, the Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister to order the Energy Commission (the second respondent), the regulator for TNB, to reflect the annual rebate in consumers' January bills, instead of adding the amount into their deposit.
In his judgement, Che Mohd Ruzima said there was a provision under the law for the applicant to enter discussions with TNB before initiating legal action.
"The consumers, in actual fact, do not lose any money and it is still in their account.
"They can write in to TNB if they want the rebate to be deducted annually in their January bill," he said.
The 2.5% rebate is provided under the Electricity Supply Act 1990.
The rebate used to be reflected in the January bill every year, but from 2017, the rebate was credited into the consumer's user account deposit instead.