Tuesday, 07 Apr 2020
SABAH & SARAWAK
25/03/2020 09:28 PM

KOTA KINABALU, March 25 -- Sabah people will be exempted from paying their water bills  and will be given a 30 per cent discount on electricity bills for three months beginning April, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

He said the exemption and discount were part of the initiatives introduced under the Sabah COVID-19 aid package in an effort to ease the burden and cost of living of affected people in the state following the virus outbreak.

“It will benefit 335,000 domestic water users. In addition, the state will give a 28 per cent discount on electricity bills for three months starting April, on top of the two per cent provided by the federal government.

"The discount will involve the state government allocation of RM11.5 million a month or RM35.65 million over the three-month period, and it is expected that 512,000 consumers will benefit from this or equivalent to about 98 per cent of electricity users in Sabah and Labuan," he told a press conference here today.

Earlier, Mohd Shafie announced the RM670 million Sabah COVID-19 aid package comprising three categories namely assistance to frontliners and affected people as well as efforts to strengthen businesses and improve the quality of rural basic infrastructures.

Meanwhile, Mohd Shafie said residents of the People's Housing Programme in Sabah will also be exempted from paying rent for six months starting April, which involved an allocation of about RM21.1 million.

A total of 20,080 households or 110,400 people will benefit from it, he said.

Also included in the package is a 30 per cent discount on quit rent collections for this year, which will benefit 232,774 individuals and 9,184 companies, among others.

However, Mohd Shafie said those who had paid the tax this year would be given rebates next year.

Hawkers are exempted from paying a licence fee by all district councils for this year, which will benefit 26,227 hawkers statewide and rebates will be given for 2021 to those who have paid for the licences this year, he added.

Mohd Shafie said RM30 million would be allocated for allowance payments of 10 months to Village Community Management Councils (MPKK), which will benefit 2,315 MPKK in Sabah.

-- BERNAMA

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