Don’t raise power tariff: SAPP Women chief

KOTA KINABALU: The women’s wing of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) yesterday urged the federal government not to raise power tariff in Sabah “until and unless the depressing power supply situation in the state is addressed”.Its chief, Melanie Chia, said the supply problem had been plaguing the state and its people for the last three decades but still it had yet to be resolved.

“As such, the federal government must not think of raising the power tariff in the state for now,” she said in a statement  yesterday.

She was responding to remarks by Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui in Parliament on Tuesday that there was no guarantee electricity tariff in Sabah which has remained the lowest in the country and unchanged for 23 years, would remain the same due to rising cost of production.

Nonetheless, the ministry would work with Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd to ensure adequate supply for users, he had said, promising to overcome the problem within one year.

“This is precisely what the ministry concerned should be doing before even thinking of raising the power tariff of Sabah,” said Melanie who is also Luyang state representative.

She urged the federal government to tackle the perennial power supply in Sabah as soon as possible. — Bernama

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