• Last minute cancellation of the “Thirst 2015” concert at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Center gives Malaysia a bad name

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang on the 26th of April, 2015

    Last minute cancellation of the “Thirst 2015” concert at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Center gives Malaysia a bad name

    The “Thirst: We are all Stardust” 2015 concert that was supposed to be held at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Center (MIECC) was cancelled at the last minute yesterday on the 25th of April, 2015.

    Here are the sequence of events, according to information available to me, that led to this cancellation.

    The Serdang IPD had issued a letter on the 25th of March, 2015, saying that they had no objections to the staging of this event (Appendix 1).

    MPSJ had issued a temporary permit to the organizers, Future Sound Asia Sdn Bhd, on the 21st of April, 2015 for the staging of the concert subject to certain conditions being fulfilled including ensuring that there would be no one under the age of 18 attending the concert and ensuring that no Muslims would be allowed to attend the concert (Appendix 2).

    On the afternoon of Friday, 24th of April, the police sent a letter to MPSJ stating that they would not support the concert. As a result, MPSj was forced to withdraw the entertainment permit to the organizers of the event (Appendix 3). The reason for the withdrawal of the police support for this event was not stated. This is the ONLY reason why MPSj withdrew the entertainment license.

    The last minute attempts by different parties to request for the assistance and support of the police for this event failed. As such, the organizers had no choice but to cancel the event and to promise refunds to all those who had bought tickets to the event.

    While the police have the right not to support any entertainment event based on valid and legitimate reasons, it is unfair to the organizers of any large scale event when the withdrawal of support comes at the 11th hour and without any stated reason. To my knowledge, the organizers had obtained the support of the Anti-Dadah Agency and the Narcotics Division who would place their officers on duty on the night of the event. To my knowledge, the organizers and the sponsors had already spent millions of ringgit to organize and promote this event.

    It is very disappointing for the ticker holders, the organizers, the performers and all the other stakeholders that this event had to be cancelled at the last minute. It also dents the reputation of Malaysia as a destination to hold international level entertainment events because of the possibility that such events may have to be cancelled at the last minute due to the withdrawal of permits.

    At the very least, I hope that the police can come out to give an explanation on why they withdrew their support for this event at the last minute. Moving forward, I call for a transparent Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on the part of the police for such events so that all stakeholders can take the necessary steps to prevent such a cancellation from happening again, without legitimate reasons given.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    Appendix 1: Letter from the IPD Serdang stating that they had no objections to the staging of the event (March 25, 2015)

    Appendix 2: Temporary Permit (Permit Sementara) issued by MPSJ on the 21st of April, 2015



    Appendix 3: Withdrawal of the entertainment permit by MPSj after receiving a letter from the IPD Serdang that the police had withdrawn their support for this event

  • Mengapa 1MDB diberi kenaikan tariff sebanyak 22% bagi ladang solar 50Mwnya yang belum lagi dibina?

    Kenyataan Media oleh Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Ahli Parlimen Serdang pada 20 April 2015

    Mengapa 1MDB diberi kenaikan tariff sebanyak 22% bagi ladang solar 50Mwnya yang belum lagi dibina?

    Hari ini, Edge Financial Daily telah melaporkan bahawa projek cadangan ladang solar 1MDB telah diberi kenaikan tariff elektrik dari 41 sen bagi setiap kWH kepada 50 sen setiap kWH, iaitu peningkatan sebanyak 9 sen atau 22%.[1] Menurut laporan tersebut, alasan yang diberi adalah kerana “tarif sebelum ini adalah terlalu rendah bagi projek tersebut untuk dilaksanakan. Tarif baru ini telah dirunding atas asas bahawa Edra mengehadkan kadar pulangan dalaman bagi projek tersebut pada maksimum 9%.”

    Jika laporan ini benar, maka Menteri Kementerian Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air (KeTTHA) perlu memberi penjelasan berkenaan banyak perkara. Pertama, jika Edra Global yang merupakan anak syarikat 1MDB menganggap kadar tarif asal iaitu 41 sen untuk setiap kWH adalah terlalu rendah, mengapa KeTTHA tidak melakukan tender terbuka di pasaran bagi cadangan pembinaan ladang solar 50MW yang merupakan projek ladang solar terbesar di Malaysia? KeTTHA sepatutnya membenarkan tender terbuka terlebih dahulu sebelum memberikan projek ini secara rundingan terus kepada 1MDB, yang sebenarnya tidak berpengalaman dalam membina dan menjalankan operasi sebarang projek solar. Tender terbuka untuk cadangan pembinaan ladang solar ini sudah pasti dapat memberi jaminan harga terbaik kepada Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) dan dijadikan sebagai satu penanda aras bagi projek ladang solar yang akan datang.

    Malahan, boleh dikatakan juga bahawa kadar tarif 50 sen bagi setiap kWH adalah terlalu tinggi menurut standard pasaran.

    Merujuk kepada kadar tarif yang diterbitkan di laman web Pihak Berkuasa Pembangunan Tenaga Lestari Malaysia (SEDA), kadar minimum tarif galakan (FiT) bagi pemasangan tenaga solar kategori 10MW hingga 30MW telah makin jatuh secara stabil (Jadual 1). ‘Kadar penyimpangan’ ini diperkenalkan kerana kejatuhan mendadak kos pemasangan panel solar yang disebabkan oleh peningkatan teknologi.

    Jadual 1: Tarif Minimum bagi setiap kWH untuk Tarif Galakan pemasangan PV Solar antara 10MW dan 30MW

    Tarikh pemasangan Tarif Galakan 1 Jan 2012 1 Jan 2013 28 Mac 2013 1 Jan 2014 15 Mac   2014 1 Jan 2015
    Tarif Minimum setiap kWH 85 sen 78.2 sen 68 sen 54.4 sen 61.2 sen 49 sen

    Sumber: www.seda.gov.my

    Bagi pemasangan yang bermula pada 1 Januari 2015, kadar tarif minimum adalah 49 sen (Lihat grafik di bawah). Terdapat alasan yang bagus untuk menjangka sebuah ladang solar 50MW akan menawarkan tarif yang lebih rendah daripda 49 sen bagi setiap kWH di bawah Tarif Galakan SEDA. Pertama, ladang solar dengan skala besar tersebut sudah tentu mempunyai skala ekonomi yang besar, contohnya kos pemasangan per unit yang lebih rendah dan kos pengambilan tanah per unit yang lebih murah. Kedua, ladang solar tersebut dijangka siap dalam tempoh yang lama, yang bermakna penambahbaikan teknologi mungkin akan menyebabkan kos solar PV jatuh lagi. Ketiga, kontrak yang dicadangkan antara 1MDB dan TNB adalah selama 25 tahun, iaitu melebihi kontrak 21 tahun di bawah Tarif Galakan. Kontrak yang lebih panjang bermaksud jaminan pulangan untuk lebih lama, yang bermakna bahawa lebih ramai pihak sudah pasti sanggup menerima tawaran kontrak yang lebih lama untuk kadar tarif yang lebih rendah.

    Di sebalik semua ini, kita tidak dapat mengelak dari mengesyaki bahawa peningkatan tarif ini merupakan cara untuk menyelamatkan 1MDB dengan memberi syarat kewangan yang lebih baik bagi membolehkan anak syarikat, Edra Global untuk tersenarai.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Ahli Parlimen Serdang

    Grafik 1: Tarif Galakan bagi Solar PV (Bukan Individu) bermula dari 1 Januari 2015

    [1] http://www.theedgemarkets.com/en/article/1mdb%E2%80%99s-solar-farm-gets-tariff-hike

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