Thursday, September 12, 2013

TNB Ripoff 
The new digital meter runs faster and electricity bills have doubled for the 30 million people of Malaysia. 
Gomez Chia 
For already a year now, many houses have been forced to install the digital Meters. Many consumers complained. But until now, nothing is done. TNB, like a dictator said the old analog meters read electricity wrongly and the new digital meters read electricity accurately. Case closed. No more news on it.

But many people, especially old people, are suffering paying double the charges from what they were paying for years. Most old people were paying RM100 to RM150 per month. Immediately after the digital meters were installed, their bills became exactly double at RM300. These old people complained but the dictator TNB just said, "Too bad".

We all know many old people suffering paying high bills. I personally know an old couple in their 80s living with their maid but every month paying RM300 electric bills. Where got logic? Some more, they just use ONLY one air con from 10pm to 6am, no swimming pool, just an ordinary house. Prior to installing the digital meters, they were paying RM100 per month for the past 10 years.

If what TNB says is true that for the past 20 years, all our analog meters were faulty and reading inaccurately, TNB needs to be sued. This is because, they got the nation used to thinking that that was the electricity rate and standard of living in Malaysia. You cannot suddenly tell the people of Malaysia that the 30 million people of Malaysia was living in a false world of cheap electricity. It is your fault. TNB created this false world for the people.

But we all know that is sheer lies. The new digital meter runs faster and electricity bills have doubled for the 30 million people of Malaysia. Many old people are suffering to pay such bills because their pensions have not grown that much over the years. We all know it is the subsidy to the crony IPPs that is the main problem. But yet, nothing is being done by the government. Why? Because TNB is largly owned by Khazanah Nasional. So why would the government mess up their free extra money from the rakyat? This is the problem of privatization. It is not really private when TNB is largely owned by Khazanah, EPF, PNB and all the large GLC companies. No wonder the government of Malaysia is not hearing the pleas and cries of the old people in Malaysia suffering paying their new digital metered TNB bills.

Government of Malaysia, please do something about this. You have ignored the issue for one year. Swept it under the carpet. Its time for you to curb the crony IPPs' revenue and unfair contracts. Is a handful of people (cronies) more important that 30 million people?

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