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ALOR SETAR: The Cabinet will be presented with a working paper on the study of electricity tariff for both domestic and industry usage in view of the lower petrol prices.

Deputy Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said a meeting had been called by his ministry, which was attended by the Energy Commission and Tenaga Nasional Berhad representatives.

“We are studying the details from all angles and aspects on the electricity tariff.

“The result from the study will be presented to the Cabinet as soon as possible for their consideration.

“We will analyse further the exact amount of the cost pass-through,” he told a press conference after launching the SMK Pokok Sena golden jubilee celebration near here on Thursday.

The Padang Terap MP, however, declined to reveal if there would be a lower electricity tariff, saying that he would leave the announcement to the Cabinet.-The Star


KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak returns to work after a rest due to the E.coli bacteria by chairing the Cabinet meeting in Putrajaya Wednesday.

Najib tweeted: “”Alhamdullilah, back to work today. Thanks to everyone, including friends online, for praying for my speedy recovery.

“The main agenda of the Cabinet meeting is to discuss issues related to the floods and efforts to help the flood victims.”

Najib also took photograph with several ministers, including Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

He contracted E. coli while touring the flood areas and was advised to take a rest by the doctor.

By 1pm Wednesday, there are 18,171 flood victims in relief centres in Pahang, 4,771 in Perak and 3,984 in Kelantan. - Bernama


KUALA LUMPUR – Effective Jan 1, a rise in allowance will be enjoyed by 222 members of parliament (MP).

Meanwhile, the salaries and allowances of the Dewan Rakyat Speaker and Dewan Negara Speaker will also be increased.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said allowances of MPs of the Dewan Rakyat would be increased from the equivalent grade 54 to equivalent grade Jusa C, while those of Dewan Negara MPs would be increased from equivalent grade 48 to equivalent between grade 54 and Jusa C.

“Members of parliament play an increasingly important role for the local community. They are leaders who need to lead the people in various aspects, including welfare, religion, social and education.

“In other words, their services are needed at all hours to reflect their responsibility…I propose that their allowances be raised,” he said when tabling Budget 2015, themed the ‘People Economy, at the Dewan Rakyat here today.

Nevertheless, Najib, who is also finance minister, said the government had decided to review the salary of members of the administration and a decision on the matter would be made at the appropriate time.

“This includes the prime minister, deputy prime minister, ministers and deputy ministers,” he added. – BERNAMA