Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Electricity theft and unfair Power Purchase Agreements drain revenue

Electricity theft is costing the national utility company, Tenaga National Bhd (TNB) nearly RM500 million annually. Over and above all this, TNB has already parted with an estimated RM78.3b of its revenue to Independent Power Producers (IPPs) over the last ten years.

Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP), is concerned that eventually consumers will have to suffer from exorbitant tariff revisions, if no serious effort is made to curb electricity theft and amend the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).

Legal precisions and misconceptions of Indigenous Customary Land Rights

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) would like to express its gravest concern over recent announcements made by the Sarawak State Government on its intention to double plantation areas in the state to two million hectares in the next ten years.

Closely linked to this plan is the Sarawak State Government’s self-estimation that there exist some 1.5 million hectares of native customary rights (NCR) land in the state, “mostly under-utilised and without titles, and that the Sarawak government had identified several large tracts of state land for plantation projects.” On Dec 11, 2010, the Sarawak Chief Minister himself reportedly stated to the media that it was possible to develop more new oil palm estates in the hundreds of thousands of hectares, “pending the settlement and issuance of more NCR titles”.

End outsourcing power from IPPs

tenaga2-tall-smallConsumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the government to end the outsourcing of electrical energy production to independent power producers (IPPs) as it  has been a drain on the resources of Tenaga Nasional Berhad (Tenaga) and a burden to the consumers.

We believe that Tenaga, with decades of experience in energy production unlike the IPPs who had no experience when they entered the industry,  has the capacity to produce energy more efficiently and at a lower cost. Moreover, profits coming to Tenaga, a government-controlled company, will benefit the people and the nation rather than private companies.

Are foreign heart patients more important than local ones?

CAP is appalled at the Health Ministry's Malaysian Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC)'s manipulation of the public healthcare dedicated Institut Jantung Negara (IJN)'s goals and ideals.
The MHTC has reportedly facilitated the involvement of 8 American companies which include 3 insurance companies with the intention of subverting IJN's original objectives at the 2nd World Medical Tourism and Global Health congress recently.

Review power purchase pacts first, not raise electricity tariffs

electricity-transmission-lineCAP once again reiterates its call to the Government to review the power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) instead of raising electricity tariffs.

The premise for the review of the PPAs is a simple one.  IPPs have generated excess profits at the expense of the industry and Malaysian consumers, and they are now being asked to cut those excesses for the overall benefit of the country.  

Excessive profits were accumulated through arrangements that saw many IPPs prosper in very minimal or an almost zero risk environment.