As the nation is gripped in the BERSIH mania, in Sabah BN is embarking on something bolder which is the increase of electricity tariff. Bugi Wijaya of audie61 writes from Sabah and we understand that on the day of BERSIH, PATROIT and PERKASA rally on the 09.07.2011 (Saturday), an announcement will be made that the state government has agreed to the increase of electricity tariff by the Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) to reduce the dependency on Federal Government subsidies in the tariff.
Bugi Wijaya reliability learned that a last minute dialogue session was called by the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman with the captains of the various industries on this matter today. However, the dialogue session turn out to be more of a pre-announcement of the tariff increased to those present.
It was believed despite being told that the increase is not a wise move business strategically and politically, the Chief Minister replied that the increase was inevitable in view of the ever increasing cost of energy productions. To Musa’s credit, the last increase of tariff was about 25 years ago.
A quick survey on the ground shows that a lot of people believe that the state government would not allow an increase at such economical climate at the moment. A check with other BN components parties revealed some of them were not consulted on this matter. This was the unilateral decision of the state government as such matter are the perogative of the government and not component parties.
One leader remarked with the inconsistent supply in Sandakan that has seen blackout a frequent way of life for the local people, it would be interesting whether they can defend their strong hold seats.
Maybe this is the sign of weakness of the opposition in Sabah that the government is allow to do things at their whims and fancy. Thus would this so call announcement be seized upon by the opposition or would it be buried among the BERSIH news or worse case scenario for BN, that is the start of the lost of BN safe deposit?
We will see soon enough. Meanwhile, our hats off for the man in charge, for better or worse the CM’s head is on the chopping block.
WELL..YOU HAVE THE POWER IN YOUR HANDS…