Rise in electricity bill issue to be raised in cabinet

PUTRAJAYA, May 28 (Bernama) -- The issue on the significant rise in electricity bill and public outcry on the matter will be taken to the Cabinet meeting tomorrow said Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

As the minister responsible for consumer affairs, he had received numerous complaints through the WhatsApp messages asking for clarifications on the rise in the utility bill.

Saifuddin said he would raise the issue at the Cabinet meeting tomorrow and hear the clarification himself from the Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climatic Change Yeo Bee Yin as the minister responsible.

"We have to know what are the things that contribute to the things that are happening, what are the causes and if the causes are known, we will certainly look for the solution,” he said at a media conference after the monthly assembly of the ministry, here today.

The issue on the rise in electricity bill had now become the focus of the social media when consumers complained of soaring utility bills some of which had doubled.

Saifuddin said meanwhile that he would meet former Chairman of the Government Advisory Council Tun Daim Zainuddin after the Aidilfitri celebrations to hear his views and recommendations on ways to bring down the prices of goods.

He also acknowledged the observations and scrutiny made by the former finance minister that the prices of goods could come down was true and not far from the reading and calculation made by the ministry.

Yesterday, Daim was reported to have said that based on the studies and meetings he had with various quarters including the cooperatives and wholesalers, he was confident that prices of goods could come down if the problem of middlemen who reaped hefty profits could be dealt with.

Meanwhile, Saifuddin said the success of the Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) in imposing a penalty of RM1.94 million on eight companies found to be involved in the activity of falsifying bids had opened a new dimension in the functions of the independent body.

Taking into account the actual function of MyCC, that is to promote and protect the competitive process occurring in business and the services, the success indirectly created awareness that members of MyCC also had the ability to resolve cases concerning falsification in bids, he said.

Last March, MyCC had imposed a penalty of RM1.94 million on eight companies found to be involved in falsifying bids through tender offered by the Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan (Aswara), making it the highest penalty imposed on bid-rigging in Malaysia.


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