On Tuesday, the House of Representative (DPR) has approved the plan of state owned electricity company PLN to hike electricity rate by up to 18% starting 1 July 2010.
According to the Minister of Minings and Energy Darwin Saleh, PLN would not free 31 million households using less than 450 VA from paying electricity, as earlier proposed by its Director, but will exempt them and others using between 450 VA and 900 VA from the hike.
Around 5,9 million other households will pay up to 18% more, commercial customers between 12 to 18% more, industry 6 to 15% more and government offices 15 to 18% more.
The plan received various reactions from inside and outside of the DPR. The member of the ruling coalition Justice Welfare Party (PKS) and opposition Indonesian Democratic Party in Struggle (PDIP) rejected, while the Indonesian Consumers Association (YLKI) agreed.
However, what really bothers me is that the news media do not seem to be very interested in this electricity hike, which can be seen from the fact that the number of news reports/articles about this is lower than reports/ articles about the Sex Video Scandal.
This is very sad, considering that the hike would surely effect the economy and the life of the people which are currently not in good condition.
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