It was proposed for the government to give rebates in Budget 2017, for residences of senior citizens to reduce their burden.
The proposal is giving priority to the senior citizens who are in the B40 group.
The Consumers Association of Subang Jaya and Shah Alam (CASSA) president, Dr Jacob George said the proposal should be considered because senior citizens, particularly those who do not earn regular income, are among those squeezed by the rising cost of living.
“If Tenaga Nasional Berhad can provide rebates for charitable organisations, shelter homes and places of worship, the same discount should also be given to the senior citizens,” he told MalaysiaGazette.
He said, based on studies and direct meetings between CASSA and this group, most of them find it a burden to bear the cost of utility bills.
Even though their monthly bills are not much because their electricity consumption is limited due their situation but they still find it burdensome, as they do not have fixed income.
Dr. George said the proposal should be considered because besides medical and transportation incentives, the senior citizens do not receive other benefits in the annual budget.
He said, it is not difficult to identify prospective senior citizens who are eligible for this rebate because it involves specific residential areas and home ownership.