KUALA LUMPUR: There will be no electricity tariff hike except for those in the affluent Top 20 (T20) households, assures Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
"We will not increase the electricity tariff except for the T20.
"It is meant for T20s that have huge homes and we will not give electricity subsidies (to them)," he said during Question Time in Parliament on Monday (May 22).
He was responding to a question raised by Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin (PN-Larut), who asked the government to state new and drastic policies that have been implemented by the Unity Government to stimulate the national economy, taking into account the risks facing the world economy.
Anwar noted that the Central Database Hub (Padu) will be the main agency to coordinate the matter.
The Prime Minister also noted that the T20 income group would also have to bear the total cost of haj pilgrimage.
"We will no longer give subsidies to them and they have to pay the full cost because they can afford it," said Anwar.
On May 14, the government announced that households with high electricity consumption would no longer enjoy government subsidies.
Anwar said that households, such as those that used three fans and four air conditioners, should pay the actual cost of consumption.
"It needs to be understood that there will be no increase for 90% of the people, but there will be a tariff increase for households that use excessive electricity such as multiple air conditioners," he said.