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Nohike inelectricity tariffs >Government to absorb additional surcharges for domestic users: Yeo

conference after attending a town hall session yesterday. Yeo was commenting on the public’s concern that they might be required to pay extra for electricity usage after Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) issued a statement on June 29, saying that non-domestic users were required to pay an additional surcharge of 1.35 sen per kilowatt per hour (kWh). This is on top of the average base tariff of 39.45 sen/kWh which remains unchanged. TNB has, however, stated that domestic consumers would not be affected by the additional charges. On July 2, PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli, , lamented that the increase in tariffs for the commercial sector would directly affect domestic users, claiming traders would use this as an excuse not to lower prices despite the zero- rating of the goods and services tax. Responding to this, Yeo said she would provide more information in

Parliament next week. She also said the government has decided to cancel four independent power producer (IPP) contracts that were awarded under the previous Barisan Nasional administration. Explaining that these IPPs were new, Yeo said the move had taken into account the strong 30% electric energy reserve in the country. This would give the government time to cancel some IPPs and develop renewable energy. “There were eight new IPPs in total that were approved by the previous government via direct negotiations. The ministry has identified four to be cancelled, while the others are being reviewed. “We chose to cancel these four first because they did not have any technical, legal and financial implications on us,” she said. “The goal is to create a more competitive electricity generation industry,” she added.

BY AMAR SHAHMOHSEN newsdesk@thesundaily.com

PUTRAJAYA: Electricity tariff for domestic consumers will remain unchanged for the next six months despite higher costs, said Science, Technology, Climate Change and Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin ( pix ). She said the government would utilise an existing RM114 million fund fromKumpulanWang Industri Elektrik to absorb any additional surcharges on domestic users up to December. “The ministry will absorb these higher surcharges in electricity generation so domestic consumers will not be affected,” she told a press

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Bigger, better public housing in store: Zuraida

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segment under the 12thMalaysia Plan. The housing units will also come with

that they can communicate with one another in their own group.”

BY ELLY FAZANIZA newsdesk@thesundaily.com

KUALA LUMPUR: Cameron Highlands MP Datuk C. Sivarraajh has applied to strike out an election petition filed by PKR candidate M. Manogaran to nullify the 14th general election result for that parliamentary seat. Counsel Nik Alia Hanafi, who represented Sivarraajh, told reporters that her client filed the application to strike out the petition yesterday, and July 19 was fixed for further case management. “The court also fixed Sept 3 to 20 for the hearing of the election petition,” she said. – Bernama BEWAREOFRMMJ QUOTASCAM JOHOR BARU: The state government has never appointed any agents or individuals to get payments from the public to acquire the Johor Affordable Homes (RMMJ) units for hire purchase or other types. Johor Housing and Rural Development Committee chairman Dzulkfely Ahmad said nine individuals became victims of the RMMJ quota scam recently. “The state government through the Johor State Secretary’s Office only issues home ownership qualification certificates in the form of certificates. – Bernama KOTA KINABALU: A social activist has called on the state government to bring back the Sabah Padi Board (LPS) to address the problems faced by padi farmers in the state. Datuk Patrick Sindu claimed that the padi management in Sabah became disorganised since LPS was disbanded. “Since it was disbanded, farmers often faced problems especially involving drainage and infrastructure which affect padi fields. – Bernama ZAKATSCHEMETARGETS MORECONTRIBUTORS KUALA LUMPUR: The Zakat Collection Centre of the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council is hoping to gain 4,000 new zakat (tithe) contributors in a single phase through the year’s Thohir Scheme 2018 campaign. The scheme – a four-month campaign from July 1 till Oct 31 – allows for the payment of income zakat via a monthly salary deduction. Its chief executive officer, Ahmad Shukri Yusoff, said there were 7,035 zakat contributors who signed up in two phases last year. – Bernama CALLTOBRINGBACK SABAHPADI BOARD

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Zuraida also said her ministry will present the National Community Policy (NCP) to the Cabinet for approval in August. The NCPwill ensure physical development goes hand in hand with community development. “Active participation from the residents in community programmes will enhance their sense of belonging, thus making themaware of their overall

PETALING JAYA: Major upgrades are in store for public housing to ensure higher quality of life for its occupants. The Ministry of Housing and Local Government is looking at providing a safer andmore conducive environment for the affordable housing segment. It will do awaywith the smaller units of the past. “ I do not want the PPR (People’s Housing Programme) living quarters and those for the B40 group (lower income group) to be small like bird’s nests,” its minister Zuraida Kamaruddin ( pix ) told theSun . It is proposing bigger homes in this

knowledge, while helping them upgrade their standard of living. “The rooms, living roomand corridors must be comfortable to be in. “Theremust also be facilities such as recreational areas, surau, hall and library. “This will give space for residents to participate in recreational activities and relaxwithin the community instead of having to go elsewhere. “We want them to feel comfortable in their own environment and community, so

surroundings,” Zuraida said. “We alsowant them to participate in community building programmes that will incorporate education, entrepreneurship and also skills development.”

Reduction incost showsgovernment ‘walking the talk’

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Transit Aliran Ringan 3 (LRT3) Bandar Utama − Klang

(additional costs incurred to speed up the project). “The savings

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of more than RM15 billion

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would not only mean amassive reduction of RM15 billion in debt to be incurred, but will also result in additional savings to tax-payers of up to RM14 billion in interest cost over the period of the loan financing,” Lim ( pix ) said in a statement yesterday. “The 47% reduction in cost demonstrates the new government is walking the talk in securing significant cost reductions for excessively-priced projects caused by the poor governance of the previous government.” This resulted froma thorough renegotiation and rationalisation exercise of the project with all key

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that the integrity of the 37kmLRT3 line must bemaintained as it is critical to alleviate traffic congestion along one of the most important and densely populated economic development corridors in the Klang Valley, fromKlang to Petaling Jaya. “The safety, frequency and quality of servicemust alsomeet the requirements of the regulators,” he said, adding that the new line is expected to serve twomillion passengers, with the capacity to transport 36,700 riders per hour eachway. Lim said the project will also be

restructured froma PDPmodel to a “fixed price contract” withMRCB-GK JV, to ensure that the price will be fixed and not subjected to cost overruns,. OnWednesday, Limhad said the government received offers to half the cost of the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail project. He told Singapore Straits Times that the government may consider resuming the project if the initial cost of RM110 billionwas lowered by half, but said formal proposals had yet to be received.

stakeholders, including Prasarana, MRCB- George Kent joint venture (MRCB-GK JV), which is the project delivery partner (PDP) and the Land Public Transportation Commission (SPAD). The final cost will include all project costs, including but not limited towork package contracts, land acquisition, project management, consultancy fees, operational and overhead costs, as well as interest during construction. Lim said a criteria for the reviewwas

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