KANGAR: The Kangar Municipal Council (MPK) is optimistic about settling its outstanding debt to Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) amounting to RM1.8 million by the end of this year.
MPK initially owed TNB RM3.8 million in arrears since two years ago.
However, it managed to settle half of the debt when it paid RM1.8 million by last month.
MPK president Rosley Mat said he is confident the council will settle its debt to TNB based on payment records over the past two years.
Speaking to reporters after chairing the council's full module meeting recently, he said MPK spent an average of RM90,000 a month in electricity bills for street lights and lighting at residential areas throughout the state.
Rosley said MPK is currently reviewing the move to use energy-saving lighting to reduce electricity consumption and costs.
"We have spoken to a few suppliers and are deciding on the best option.
"It is believed we can see savings of up to 70 per cent in electricity bills by using such low energy-consuming lighting," he said. By Sharanpal Singh Randhawa