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SEDA should make the awarding of Feed in Tariff (FiT) Quotas for Solar PV >425kW to 1MW to be as transparent as the awarding of FiT Quotas for Solar PV <425kW

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 10th of March, 2015

I congratulate the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) for successfully conducting their 2nd open ballot for the allocation of FiT quotas for Solar PVs <425kW for non-individuals yesterday, the 9th of March, 2015 at the Everly Hotel.[1] The balloting, which was conducted by Deputy Minister for Energy, Green Technology and Water, Dato’ Seri Mahdzir bin Khalid, and was audited by Deloitte Enterprise Risk Services Sdn Bhd with observors from the National Audit Department and the Malaysian Institute of Integrity. Many of the Solar PV companies which put in applications for the FiT quota were also present to witness the balloting process. A total of 20MW of FiT quotas were awarded, 16MW in Peninsular Malaysia and 4MW in Sabah.

However, SEDA did not announce the allocation of FiT quotas for Solar PVs >425kW to 1MW for non-individuals at yesterday’s open ballot. Last year, SEDA had told industry players that applications for the FiT quota >425kW to 1MW would be evaluated by SEDA using a merit point system.[2] In the same presentation last year, SEDA also said that if there were any ties in the number of points scored by the applicants, a similar open ballot would be conducted yesterday for the FiT quotas above 425kW (See Appendix 1 below). But sadly, no such ballot was conducted yesterday.

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SEDA must continue to uphold the highest standards of transparency in the allocation of the Feed in Tariff (FiT)

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 10th of February, 2015

My parliamentary colleagues Tony Pua, MP for PJ Utara, Nurul Izzah, MP for Lembah Pantai and myself commended the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) for conducting its first open ballot for the Solar Power Feed In Tariff (FiT) quota for non-individual applicants with <425 kW capacity. This open ballot was conducted transparently and satisfied the demands of all those who put in bids for the quota, including those who did not manage to obtain a quota. SEDA is to be commended for conducting another open ballot on the 9th of March, 2015, for 20MW of the solar PV quota of up to 425 kW.[1]

To continue to uphold the highest standards of transparency, SEDA must also be equally transparent with the allocation of 32 MW for the solar PV quota capacity above 425 kW and up to 1 MW. SEDA has already published the Merit Points Criteria which includes the track record of the service provider, the ability of the shareholder to finance the project and the distance to the connection point.[2] The awarding of this 32 MW of the solar PV quota will be done based on the merit points obtained by each applicant and SEDA has promised to publish the merit points of all applicants on its website and to conduct an open ballot in the case of a tie.

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Make the MACC truly independent and give out all public contracts via published open tender to demonstrate the government’s commitment in fighting corruption

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 4th of December, 2014

We welcome the news that Malaysia’s ranking and score in the 2014 Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (CPI) has improved from 53 in 2013 to 50 in 2014 (ranking) and from 50 to 52 (score). This is a marked improvement from Malaysia’s CPI ranking and score in 2011 of 60 and 4.3 (out of 10), respectively.

Credit has to be given to the Fighting Corruption National Key Results Area (NKRA) team under the Government Transformation Program (GTP), the NGOs involved in fighting corruption such as Transparency International, the Institute of Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), National Oversight and Whistle-blowers (NOW) and the Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) as well as the many elected representatives at the state and federal levels for their hard work and contributions in putting the spotlight on government corruption and finding ways to reduce it.

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