• UKM should start having open dialogues with its students instead of punishing them for expressing their views

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 27th of June, 2015

    UKM should start having open dialogues with its students instead of punishing them for expressing their views

    On Monday, 29th of June, 2015, the Student Office Affairs at UKM will call up 13 students who were involved in a protest on the 27th of March, 2015, over the issue of water disruptions to a number of residential colleges in the university, some of which had been without water for more than two weeks.

    The freedom to assemble peacefully is enshrined in Article 10.1(b) of the Federal Constitution and the students’ demonstration on the 27th of March, 2015, was definitely peaceful.

    One of the accusations being levelled at the students by UKM is the fact that they handed me a memorandum during the protest on the 27th of March (See Attachment 1). I was informed that the students were organizing this protest and as the MP for Serdang, which UKM is part of, I felt that it was my duty and responsibility to listen to the problems facing the students as a result of these water cuts.

    I was also told that the students had asked UKM to organize a briefing involving SYABAS, the UKM authorities and student representatives so that more information could be given to the students including the reasons behind the water cuts and the possible solutions moving of forward.

    After the protest on the 27th of March, 2015, I wrote to the Vice Chancellor of UKM on the 16th of April (see Attachment 2) to seek for a meeting for us to discuss the best way to work together to solve the water problems in UKM which are not new and has been happening over the past 10 years. Unfortunately, till now, I have not received any information or correspondence from UKM in response to my letter.

    This kind of attitude reflects the larger problem at hand – which is the unwillingness of UKM to engage in an open and transparent dialogue with all the stakeholders including student leaders over an important issue which seriously impacted the well-being of students in the affected residential colleges. Rather than punishing them, the UKM authorities should be working together with the students and other stakeholders such as SYABAS, the local ADUN and MP, the local authority and the state government in order to solve the problem at hand.

    As long as this sort of attitude prevails in our public universities, whatever talk of trying to attain the status of a world class university will be empty rhetoric, devoid of substance. How can a public university speak about attaining academic excellence when it continues to shackle its own students?

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    Attachment 1: UKM 13: Tatatertib Protes Air

    Attachment 2: UKM 13: Surat 16 April 2015 Krisis Air UKM

  • 4A项目的延迟是否会导致我们迈向2018年的能源危机?

    (2015年6月22日)沙登区国会议员王建民博士的新闻媒体声明

    4A项目的延迟是否会导致我们迈向2018年的能源危机?

    据上星期The Edge Weekly的报道,SIPP能源在寻求新的合作伙伴,发展4A发电厂项目,因能源委员会已拒绝SIPP能源和国家能源所提呈的电费水平建议书。后者都是通过直接谈判的方式来获得此合约。

    接下来,SIPP能源在缺乏有意愿的潜在合作伙伴和,加上一马公司在无法筹集足够的资金来兴建发电厂而造成3B项目可能性的延迟竣工,届时我们国家将在2018年面临严重的能源短缺问题。

    回顾2014年5月31日,能源委员会以直接谈判的方式来颁发4A项目给SIPP能源(51%)与杨忠礼电力和国能来在柔佛兴建一个1000至1400兆瓦的新循环燃气涡轮电力厂(CCGT),原定于2018年6月投产运营。根据能源委员会和能源,绿色工艺及水务部的说法,这个项目希望省下竞争性的竞标以期速战速决的原因是,我国电力储备余量正逐步下降,并会在2018年面临电力挑战。[1] 实际上,该项目在初期阶段就引发各界争议,主要因为整个过程又是跳过公开招标的方式和SIPP能源并没有任何兴建发电厂的记录。最终,杨忠礼电力在2015年6月19日宣布退出,只留下SIPP能源和国能为剩下的两个合作伙伴。

    据报道,国能-SIPP能源财团提呈每度(kWh)39仙电费,比槟城北赖1071兆瓦循环燃气涡轮电力厂(简称CCGT)的34.7仙平准化电费,每度39仙的水平,约相等于12%的溢价。值得一提的是,1071兆瓦的国能CCGT发电厂项目也是以公开招标方式来颁发,这也是其中导致国能报上比较低的电费的重要原因。

    随着与国能最新被拒绝的报价,The Edge Weekly报道指出SIPP能源有意售出4A项目的51%股权(约3亿令吉)。而这成本大概也会被计算进到下一轮为4A项目提呈的电费率,并造成新建议的电费率会比公开招标的方式更昂贵。

    能源委员会和能源,绿色工艺及水务部处理4A项目的手法是可耻的。我们看到的应该会是快速完成的项目,为了兴建预计2018年6月1日竣工的CCGT发电厂(落在一马公司3B项目1000兆瓦分别在2018年11月份和2019年11月份竣工之前),目前似乎将被延迟,因为SIPP需要耗费一定时间来寻找另一个合作伙伴或出售其股份给其他公司,而后者也将提呈新修订后的电费率给能源委员会。

    随着我们在用电高峰时段的实际电力储备于2014年6月一度仅剩9%,因此我国在2018年出现电力短缺危机的可能性是存在的。[2] 一开始决定以直接谈判来颁授4A项目所产生的问题如今已成为能源委员会和能源,绿色工艺及水务部的梦魇。能源委员会应替4A项目进行公开招标以寻找有竞争力的竞标者,以便最有经验的厂商能用最低的价格最来取得这份合约。反之,我们现在所面临的是另一个延迟竣工但急需的发电厂,同时或许导致我国在未来的3年时间内面对电力短缺危机。能源委员会和能源,绿色工艺及水务部在此事责无旁贷。

    王建民博士
    沙登区国会议员

    [1] http://www.thestar.com.my/Business/Business-News/2014/07/25/TNB-SIPP-Energy-sign-agreement-for-power-plant-project-in-Johor/?style=biz

    [2] http://www.thestar.com.my/Business/Business-News/2015/04/11/Its-the-rakyat-who-will-pay-for-power-plant-delays/?style=biz

  • Adakah kita menuju ke arah krisis tenaga pada 2018 hasil daripada kelewatan Projek 4A?

    Kenyataan Media oleh Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Ahli Parlimen Serdang pada 22 Jun 2015

    Adakah kita menuju ke arah krisis tenaga pada 2018 hasil daripada kelewatan Projek 4A?

    Pada hujung minggu lepas, The Edge Weekly melaporkan bahawa SIPP Energy sedang mencari rakan kongsi baru bagi Projek 4A selepas Suruhanjaya Tenaga menolak cadangan tarif yang diserahkan oleh Konsortium SIPP EnergyTNB, di mana projek ini dianugerahkan secara rundingan terus. Tanpa adanya pihak yang sanggup menjadi rakan kongsi kepada SIPP Energy dan juga dengan kemungkinan kelewatan Projek 3B disebabkan ketidakmampuan 1MDB untuk menyediakan dana pembinaan, negara kita mungkin akan menghadapi masalah kekurangan tenaga yang serius menjelang 2018.

    Pada 31 Mei 2014, Suruhanjaya Tenaga memberi Projek 4A melalui rundingan terus kepada konsortium yang diketuai oleh SIPP Energy (51%) dengan YTL Power dan TNB untuk membina Loji Janakuasa Kitaran Gas Gabungan (CCGT) berkapasiti 1000MW-1400MW di Johor yang sepatutnya beroperasi pada Jun 2018. Menurut Suruhanjaya Tenaga dan Kementerian Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air, tender ini diberikan tanpa melalui proses persaingan kerana margin rizab tenaga semakin jatuh merundum dan krisis tenaga akan terjadi menjelang tahun 2018. Oleh itu, pembinaan segera (fast track) adalah diperlukan.[1] Projek ini dikritik sejak dari awal lagi bukan sahaja kerana tiada bidaan terbuka, malahan SIPP juga tiada sebarang rekod pembinaan loji janakuasa sebelum ini. YTL menarik diri pada 19 Jun 2015 dan meninggalkan SIPP Energy dan TNB sebagai rakan kongsi.

    Dilaporkan juga bahawa Konsortium SIPP Energy dan TNB menyerahkan bidaan RM0.39/ kWH bagi cadangan pembinaan loji janakuasa CCGT di mana ia adalah 12% lebih tinggi daripada tarif RM0.34/ kWH bagi projek pembinaan loji janakuasa berkapasiti 1071MW di Prai.[2] Loji janakuasa CCGT TNB berkapasiti 1071MW diberikan melalui tender terbuka yang menjadi faktor utama tarif rendah yang ditawarkan oleh TNB.

    Dengan kegagalan bidaan tarif oleh SIPP Energy dan TNB, The Edge Weekly melaporkan SIPP Energy berkemungkinan menjual 51% kepentingan dalam Projek 4A dengan harga RM300 million. Kos ini barangkali akan difaktorkan ke dalam cadangan tarif baru bagi Projek 4A yang dijangka menjadikan tarif menjadi lebih tinggi berbanding jika ia dianugerahkan melalui tender terbuka.

    Cara pengendalian Projek 4A oleh Suruhanjaya Tenaga dan Kementerian Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air adalah amat memalukan. Projek yang sepatutnya merupakan projek pantas (fast track) bagi pembinaan loji janakuasa CCGT yang dijangka beroperasi pada 1 Jun 2018 (sebelum Projek 3B oleh 1MDB yang akan siap pembinaan pada November 2018 bagi 1000MW pertama dan Nov 2019 untuk 1000MW kedua) kini akan pasti mengalami kelewatan berterusan. Ini kerana SIPP perlu mencari rakan kongsi baru, ataupun menjual kepentingan kepada pihak lain yang perlu mengkaji semula tarif baru untuk dihantar kepada Suruhanjaya Tenaga.

    Dengan rizab operasi yang menjangkau 9% semasa permintaan puncak pada Jun 2014, kemungkinan besar bahawa kita akan menghadapi krisis elektrik pada 2018.[3] Keputusan asal untuk menganugerahkan Projek 4A melalui rundingan terus kini menghantui Suruhanjaya Tenaga dan Kementerian. Suruhanjaya Tenaga sepatutnya mengadakan tender terbuka supaya pihak yang paling berpengalaman dan mempunyai harga terendah akan menerima kontrak ini. Sebaliknya, kini kita terperangkap disebabkan kelewatan pembinaan loji janakuasa yang mungkin akan menyebabkan krisis tenaga negara dalam masa 3 tahun akan datang atau lebih awal. Suruhanjaya Tenaga dan Kementerian perlu bertanggungjawab atas tindakan mereka.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Ahli Parlimen Serdang

    [1] http://www.thestar.com.my/Business/Business-News/2014/07/25/TNB-SIPP-Energy-sign-agreement-for-power-plant-project-in-Johor/?style=biz

    [2] http://www.tnb.com.my/tnb/application/uploads/newsclips/c40e44dc9475b32ee4778167cb94c7c8.pdf

    [3] http://www.thestar.com.my/Business/Business-News/2015/04/11/Its-the-rakyat-who-will-pay-for-power-plant-delays/?style=biz

  • Are we heading towards an energy crisis in 2018 with the delay of Project 4A?

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 22nd of June, 2015

    Are we heading towards an energy crisis in 2018 with the delay of Project 4A?

    It was reported in last weekend’s The Edge Weekly that SIPP Energy was seeking a new partner for Project 4A, after the Energy Commission rejected the proposed tariff submission by the SIPP Energy-TNB consortium which had been awarded this contract via direct negotiation. Without any obvious willing partners for SIPP Energy and with the likely delay of the Project 3B power plants due to 1MDB’s inability to raise the necessary finances to build these plants, it is possible that our country will face a serious energy shortage by 2018.

    Recall that on May 31, 2014, the Energy Commission awarded Project 4A, via direct negotiation, to a consortium led by SIPP Energy (51%) with YTL Power and TNB to build a new 1000MW-1400MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant in Johor which is supposed to be operational in June 2018. According to the EC as well as the Ministry for Energy, Green Technology and Water, the fast tracking of this project without a competitive tender was justified because of the impending energy shortage which the country will face by 2018 as reserve margins continue to fall.[1] This project was criticized from the beginning not just because of the lack of an open tender but also the fact that SIPP Energy has no prior track record in the building of power plants. YTL pulled out of this deal on the 19th of June, 2015 leaving SIPP Energy and TNB as the two remaining partners.

    It was reported that the SIPP-Energy and TNB consortium submitted a bid of RM39 sen / kWH for the proposed CCGT power plant, which is 12% higher than the RM34 sen / kWH for the 1071MW TNB CCGT power plant in Prai, Penang that recently began operations.[2] Recall that the 1071MW TNB CCGT power plant contract was awarded via open tender which is an important reason for the lower tariff is offered by TNB.

    With the latest failed tariff bid by SIPP Energy and TNB, the Edge Weekly reports that SIPP Energy may sell of its 51% stake in Project 4A for as much as RM300 million. This cost, presumably, will be factored into the new proposed tariff rate for Project 4A likely making the proposed tariff higher than if Project 4A was awarded via open tender.

    The manner in which the Energy Commission and the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water have handled Project 4A is disgraceful. What was supposed to have been a fast-track project to build a CCGT power plant that would be up and running by the 1st of June, 2018 (before 1MDB’s Project 3B which is due in Nov 2018 for the first 1000MW and Nov 2019 for the second 1000MW) will now almost certainly be delayed since it would take some time before SIPP finds another partner or sells its stake to another party which would then have to put in a new revised tariff to the Energy Commission.

    With our actual operating reserve touching a mere 9% at the peak demand period in June 2014, it is a distinct possibility that we would be facing an electricity crisis by 2018.[3] The original decision to award Project 4A via direct negotiation is now coming back to haunt the Energy Commission and the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water. The EC should have opened up the bidding for Project 4A for a competitive tender so that the most experienced party with the lowest price would have received this contract. Instead, what we are left with is yet another delay in the construction of a much needed power plant that may push our country towards an electricity crisis in 3 years’ time or less. The EC and the Ministry must to be held to account for its actions.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    [1] http://www.thestar.com.my/Business/Business-News/2014/07/25/TNB-SIPP-Energy-sign-agreement-for-power-plant-project-in-Johor/?style=biz

    [2] http://www.tnb.com.my/tnb/application/uploads/newsclips/c40e44dc9475b32ee4778167cb94c7c8.pdf

    [3] http://www.thestar.com.my/Business/Business-News/2015/04/11/Its-the-rakyat-who-will-pay-for-power-plant-delays/?style=biz

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