Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah
KUALA LUMPUR, June 20 -- The approach implemented by the government in managing the energy sector is the best so far, especially in the aspects of monitoring, said Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah.
Therefore, he stressed, it is proper that the energy management is handled by one party such as the government rather than having the involvement of many parties which could trigger various issues in particular related issues.
“We must remember that the energy sector is important to the government, hence, the policies we have so far is (for) controlling.
“In our view, what we are doing is the best to enable us to tackle issues such as what is happening today, that is important.
“If this energy (sector), (there are many) other parties that implement it, it would be difficult (for us) to control. Hence, the approach being implemented by the government to date is the best,” he told a press conference in Putrajaya today.
He said this when asked to comment on whether there should be competition in the energy sector.
Besides fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic, the government is always taking continuous steps to alleviate the burden faced by the people, and has allocated RM942 million for the 'Bantuan Prihatin Elektrik Tambahan' scheme.
Shamsul Anuar said this is to further reduce the burden of the people's electricity bills caused by higher consumption of electricity during the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO).
A total of four million or 52.2 per cent of domestic consumers with monthly electricity bill of less than RM77 or consumption of less than 300kWh, will enjoy free electricity supply for three months under the assistance scheme.
Shamsul Anuar said the eligible consumers will get free electricity supply for April, May and June that will be credited in their July bill.
"Domestic consumers who consume more than 300kWh of electricity will receive deductions in electricity bill of RM231, that is, RM77 per month for April, May and June," he added.
This assistance is in addition to the electricity bill discount under the Bantuan Prihatin Elektrik that has been implemented since April 1.
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