Sarawak CM Adenan Satem

Sarawak CM Adenan Satem

KUCHING: The Sarawak Government announced the reduction of the electricity tariff for commercial and industrial consumption.

Chief Minister Adenan Satem said the reduction would benefit 85,200 commercial and industrial businesses.

“Of this number, 50% or 46,000 commercial consumers will enjoy a reduction of between 15% and 50%,” he said in his winding-up speech on the final day of the state legislative assembly sitting here yesterday.

He said another 36% or 30,500 consumers would enjoy an 8% to 11% reduction while the remaining 9,000, an average of 4%.

“For industrial consumers, about 980 or 87% will benefit from a 4% and 40% reduction in tariff.”

The remaining 125 consumers will enjoy a reduction of an average of 2%.

Adenan said the revised structures were aimed at providing greater assistance to small- and medium-sized businesses in the face of the rising cost of operations.

In the last sitting, Adenan had announced electricity tariff reductions for domestic consumers.

On another matter, Adenan brought cheers to the Gawai Dayak home-coming crowd when he announced the abolition of tolls on two Sibu bridges and the standardisation of ferry charges.

“I wish to announce that effective May 25, the toll for the Lanang Bridge is abolished and there will be no toll imposed for the Igan Bridge.”

He said the state government had agreed to standardise ferry fares for passenger cars at RM1 in Sarawak, including Long Lama and Marudi effective June 1 and July 1, respectively “We want to lessen the burden of ferry users, especially those in the rural and coastal areas.

“We mean business in helping the rakyat and the business community. We deliver what we have promised and we do not believe in rhetoric or lip service,” he said.