Jokowi Ensures No Removal of 450 VA Electricity


The issue of removing 450 VA electricity has become a polemic in the community. In response, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) spoke up. He vehemently denied that the government would remove 450 electricity customers.

This was conveyed by Jokowi after inaugurating the Cibitung-Cilincing Toll Road in Tambun Utara District, Bekasi, West Java.

“Nothing. The 450 VA subsidy is fixed and there is no elimination of 450 to 900,” said Jokowi, Tuesday (20/9/2022).

Jokowi emphasized that the government had never discussed this internally at all. The head of state straightened out so that the news would not make the public, especially those at the bottom feel restless.

“Don’t let yourself be restless because of that statement,” said Jokowi.

The news of the abolition of electricity for the poor, especially for the poor, and diverted to 900 VA, was first conveyed by the Chairman of the DPR’s Budget Agency, Said Abdullah, last week.

The DPR and the government at that time decided to shift the use of public electricity from 450 Volt Ampere (VA) to 900 VA. In addition, people who use 900 VA electricity will switch to 1,200 VA electricity.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the DPR RI Budget Agency Said Abdullah opened his voice about the government’s and DPR’s plans to remove customers with 450-volt ampere (VA) electricity.

According to Said, this explanation needs to be done because it has been almost a week since the issue of removing 450 VA electricity has been fried in such a way on social media.

“Even personal attacks were targeted at me so that the issue has been diverted from the aspect of proportionality,” said Said, Sunday (18/9/2022).

Responding to existing developments, said Said, as the Chairman of the Banggar DPR RI, he needs to explain to the public in the form of complete information. According to him, in a very strategic policy, the government and the DPR need to shift energy from petroleum-based to electricity.

“Why do we need to do this, because we have a very large import dependence on petroleum,” said Said.

“Our oil production capacity is only 614-650 thousand barrels per day, while our needs reach 1.4-1.5 million barrels per day,” he said.

Said said, dependence on imports of petroleum has resulted in the government being trapped in a difficult position that is often faced repeatedly. For example, rising oil prices and exchange rates have put Indonesia in a difficult position.

In addition, the Indonesian State Revenue and Expenditure Budget (APBN) must also pay for increasingly large subsidies, so that the state budget posture is unhealthy and vulnerable.

“If the cost is reduced it will result in the price of fuel oil (BBM) rising, it will create a burden on the people,” said Said.

“Therefore, we must get out of the petroleum trap. We currently have a very large domestic electricity production, which can support our energy needs,” he explained.

The plan to get out of the petroleum trap is the thing behind Indonesia to be able to immediately switch energy from petroleum to electricity. This is because most of the power plants in Indonesia are powered by coal.

Indonesia’s coal supply is very large, so it does not depend on imported supplies like oil.

The agreement between the government and the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia regarding the elimination of 450 VA electricity for groups of poor households is still in the form of a proposal. If realized, it needs to be done gradually.