Through the Budget of 2019, the government’s announced the RM40 Electric Rebate scheme under the eKasih program. This program will benefit nearly 200,000 eligible users. It is also a new program to replace the RM 20 Electric Rebate Program which has been implemented since 2008. With this new program, eligible users will receive this rebate every month throughout 2019.
In order to implement this program, a total of RM 140 million is allocated and it is implemented from 1 January to December 2019. The implementation of this program is devoted to poor and poor families who are registered and certified in the eKasih system, as announced during the budget presentation 2019 last November. Since 1 January 2019, a total of 66,600 household heads have already registered in the eKasih system, however, there are still a large number that has not registered with an estimated 142,200 users.
The basic eligibility of this receiver is consisting of Head of Household (KIR) categorized as hardcore poor and poorly certified in eKasih system. Income for hardcore poor category KIR is less than RM 600 while the poor category is less than RM 950 a month. This rebate will be given throughout 2019 from January to December for qualified. However, it is limited to 1 bill for each KIR either for your own home or rented house. This rebate is only given to electricity bills less than RM 40 only, but if the electricity bill exceeds RM 40, then it must be paid by KIR itself.
YB Yeo Bee Yin, Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) said that this program is in line with the government’s desire to ensure the quality of life and welfare of the people is preserved and not burdened with rising living costs. Consumers can make an eligibility check on electric bill rebates in the eKasih system and on the MESTECC portal, https://semakanrebat.mestecc.gov.my. Consumers can also contact the secretariat online by contacting My Government Call Center (MyGCC) at 03-8000 8000. In addition, users in peninsular Malaysia can make a feasibility check with Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) whether to visit a nearby branch or call online at 1-300-88-5454.
For users in Sabah, Helpline Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) can be reached at 088-515 000 / 15454 while Sarawak users can contact Customer Care Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) at 1-300-88-3111. Eligible registered users of eKasih but do not have a registered account with TNB, SESB or SEB may apply by declaring third party accounts via an application form available from any Kedai Tenaga TNB, SESB office or nearby SEB office by attaching a copy of the identity card as a supporting document. However, for non-qualified users and want to enroll in the eKasih program, they need to refer to the Federal Development Office (PPPN) / Federal Development Department (JPP) Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU), Prime Minister’s Department (JPM) at the Regional Office Development Unit.