Discount for all schools
mySarawak | 23/11/2011

ndependent, mission schools also entitled to 10 per cent discount for monthly electricity bills

KOTA KINABALU: Industrial Development Minister Datuk Raymond Tan yesterday clarified that all independent and mission schools inSabahare also now entitled to the 10 per cent discount for their monthly electricity bills.

The discount introduced under the State’s new power tariff in July was initially meant only for government and government-assisted schools, apart from registered welfare organizations and places of worship.

“Several independent schools have requested to be included for the discount, and the State Government decided that the scheme would be inclusive of all independent schools, whether they are Chinese, Tamil or mission schools which should get the same discount,” he told this to reporters at the State Assembly Building here yesterday.

“I need to clarify that the decision has been made and SESB (Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd) has no objection to comply with the State’s request.”

The issue was recently highlighted by the media following complaints from certain Chinese schools which claimed they had applied for the discount from SESB but had yet to receive any response from the company.

According to Tan, the government had instructed SESB to process the applications, especially from schools with significantly high electricity consumption rate in the State capital.

He said this included two independent Chinese schools, namely Thsung Tsin and Kian Kok whose combined monthly bill was more than RM62,000 per month.

“I name these two schools because their monthly bill is very high. Kian Kok alone pays at least RM24,000 worth of electricity every month and Thsung Tsin is even higher, up to over RM38,000 and sometimes close to RM40,000 monthly.

“It’s not a small amount, so I think the financial burden of the schools is quite heavy, and the government can help by giving the said 10 per cent discount, but I think it is better if we have other ways, where electricity consumption at these schools will be significantly lower,” he said, urging all schools in Sabah to practise Electricity Efficiency (EE) to reduce their monthly bills.

He suggested that schools inspect, and if necessary re-do their wiring system to reduce wastage.

In addition, he said the institutions, in line with the government’s campaign to promote EE, should change their electrical appliances to one that consume less energy.

“Of course we will give discount, but what is the point if their bill is that big and continues to get bigger. If there is a way they can reduce power consumption, then why not.

“We have programmes to promote EE and we want you to use appliances that are more efficient, and you use equipment recommended by SESB or Tenaga Nasional, you’ll be entitled for rebate, on top of the discount on your bills.

“So, we are moving towards better technology in addressing power issue. This is not just for schools but also all NGOs. Maybe this was not clear before, but now we are telling you that these are some of the things you can do to reduce your bills,” he said.

According to him, Kian Kok and Thsung Tsin have the highest electricity bills as compared to any other schools in Sabah, some of which consume less than RM1,000 worth of electricity every month.

He noted that another school in Sandakan also recorded a very high consumption, paying about RM16,000 for their bill every month.

“This is already considered high. I think I need to visit the school and find out how they can reduce their power consumption. But these two schools in Kota Kinabalu are much worse. I think this is something where the government and SESB could help, to help them become more energy efficient, apart from just giving discount,” he said.

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