Archive for November, 2011

Lynas Malaysia refinery unsafe: protesters

Posted on November 30, 2011. Filed under: Pollution |


A CROWD has gathered in Sydney to protest against an Australian company’s rare earth refinery in Malaysia, which they say is unsafe for locals.

Around 20 protesters today rallied outside the annual general meeting of Lynas Corporation, which is close to completing construction of its refinery in the Malaysian region of Kuantan.

Environmental groups fear the plant poses radioactivity risks and NSW Greens senator Lee Rhiannon said Lynas should immediately halt construction of the plant.

“Lynas should not be pushing ahead with this operation in Malaysia,” she told the rally.

“There’s very strong opposition from the local community in Kuantan and there’s every reason that this toxic waste should not be left in Malaysia.

“The refinery should not even be built.”

Lynas insists the plant poses no environmental risk and is pushing ahead with the development, with production due to start early 2012.

At the AGM, executive chairman Nick Curtis said the plant was safe, but admitted the company had not done enough to reassure locals.

“We acknowledge, that notwithstanding earlier community outreach programs in 2009 we have clearly not done enough to build community confidence,” he told shareholders.

Public protests about the company’s Kuantan refinery this year prompted an investigation by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Lynas received a favourable report from the IAEA, but was told to provide a long-term waste management plan.

Ken Ooi, whose family lives near the plant, said he was worried about potential radioactivity.

“My family lives nearby and my relatives are fisherman,” he said.

“If Lynas builds, it will affect the fish in the area.”

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Malaysia tribes struggle with modern problems

Posted on November 30, 2011. Filed under: Indigenous People |

By M. Jegathesan (AFP) –

SUNGAI ASAP, Malaysia — Tribal chief Danny Ibang lived most of his life in the pristine jungles of the Malaysian portion of Borneo island until he was pushed into a modern world he was told would be better.

And in many ways, it is.

His Kenyah community of 2,000 enjoys electricity, running water, health and educational facilities previously undreamed-of since being moved out of the jungles to a new village to make way for the huge Bakun hydroelectric dam.

But as expanding dams, oil-palm plantations and other development forces thousands off ancestral lands in the state of Sarawak, a host of modern new problems threaten to break down once tight-knit tribal communities.

Village elders and activists say alcoholism, drug use, and crime are on the increase and anger is rising over continuing encroachment on native lands.

“There have been a lot of social changes after the Bakun dam,” said Ibang, 66, whose people were among the first moved to the relocation village of Sungai Asap 14 years ago.

“Some teens who go to school learn to rebel against their parents, and boys and girls now mingle freely as they see it on the television,” he said. There were 10 recent teen pregnancies — something unheard-of in the old days.

The state government is pushing to develop the economy of Sarawak, which is blessed by rich natural resources yet remains one of Malaysia’s poorest states.

But critics say the effort, while necessary, is plagued by graft and harms tribes that are ethnically distinct from the nation’s majority Malays.

Tribal lands make up about 80 percent of Sarawak and “nearly all has been taken for logging and plantations”, said Mark Bujang, head of Borneo Resources Institute, a body working in defence of native land rights.

In October, Penan tribespeople blocked roads into their lands for a week to protest logging and alleged river pollution by Malaysian firm Interhill until the blockade was dismantled by authorities.

At a forum on native concerns in the town of Bintulu in October organised by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia, about 150 Iban tribespeople alleged a palm oil company illegally seized their land for a plantation and disturbed ancestral graves, said Joseph Laja, an Iban.

“We are really angry,” Laja told commission members.

“If they move into another part of our land, there could be violence.”

About four million of Malaysia’s 28 million people belong to indigenous tribes, most of which are native to Malaysian Borneo where some retain diminishing traditional rainforest hunting and farming ways.

Officially, they enjoy the same preferential treatment in business, education and other areas accorded to Malays — a controversial policy meant to lift Malay socio-economic standing.

But natives and activists say this has meant little to tribes, who remain among the country’s poorest groups.

As a result, many youths welcome their new life and opportunities in Sungai Asap, which now has 11,600 people from a range of tribes living in traditionally inspired longhouses.

Roads linking the village to coastal cities have, along with modern telecommunications, opened new employment vistas for tribal youths.

“I love living in Sungai Asap,” said Lenny Prescially, 18, as she tapped out messages to friends on Facebook in a local community centre.

Her family moved here from the jungles when she was four and she knows little of the old ways.

“Only the elders want to continue the old lifestyle. They don’t know anything,” she said dismissively of the older men who still hunt wild boar in forests and nearby palm plantations, machetes strapped to their waists.

The Bakun dam has been widely criticised as a white elephant, disastrous for uprooted tribes and pristine jungles that are now inundated by a reservoir the size of Singapore, its projected power output exceeding Sarawak’s needs.

Transparency International has called the dam, which began generating electricity in August, a “monument to graft”.

Much of the anger in Sarawak is directed at Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud — himself from the Melanau tribe — who has governed the state since 1981 and is widely accused of corruption, cronyism, and plundering the state’s resources, which he denies.

But Sarawak Land Development Minister James Masing said the state must develop the economy and give youths new opportunities.

“I have to support (the state’s youths). We need to develop Sarawak,” he told AFP.

But there is a palpable sense of rootlessness today for communities whose identity was long linked to ancestral lands passed down through generations.

“When our land is taken away, there is no longer any blood in our body,” said Sungai Asap resident Stem Liau, 48.

Ibang, the Kenyah headman, said his people were promised eight hectares (20 acres) of farmland per family at Sungai Asap but only received a little more than one hectare of poor-quality land.

“Promises have been broken,” said Ibang, who has struggled to grow pepper, cocoa and rubber.

Hasmy Agam, chairman of the rights commission, said it had received nearly 2,000 complaints over native land rights infringement in Malaysia over the past decade. Many of those complaining have threatened violence.

“We sense that. We hope that is not the solution,” Hasmy said.

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Lynas: Malaysian refinery nears completion

Posted on November 30, 2011. Filed under: Pollution |

— Bloomberg

Lynas Corp, an Australian rare earths developer, said it’s near to completing its Malaysian refinery and will be ready to receive concentrate in the first quarter of 2012, pending regulatory approvals.

“We are in the final stages of the regulatory approvals process in Malaysia,” Nicholas Curtis, chairman of the Sydney- based company said today in a statement. “We have submitted all the requested documentation and the Malaysian Atomic Energy Licensing Board is now reviewing those documents ahead of making a decision.”

Malaysia imposed tighter environmental safety standards on the proposed plant in June following protests by local residents concerned about radiation.

Once in production, the plant will provide an alternative source of rare earths to China, which currently produces more than 90 per cent of global supply of the 17 chemically similar elements used in magnets, hybrid cars and iPods. China has restricted rare-earth mining and cut exports to conserve resources and protect the environment.

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Envisioning a greener Earth

Posted on November 30, 2011. Filed under: Forestry/Wetlands |


SHAKLEE has a vision, and it is of a million trees growing lush and tall, giving Mother Earth a chance to heal her deep-set wounds caused by man’s unmitigated greed and wanton materialism.

envisioningTan Sri Joseph Kurup (second from right), Datuk Abdul Rasid Samsudin, director-general of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (left), Victor Lim (second from left) and Datuk Masran Md Salleh, deputy director-general of the Peninsular Malaysia Forestry Department (right) helping to plant trees at the Bukit Sungei Puteh Forest Reserve in Cheras. Pic by Rosela Ismail

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The company set itself a noble target when it launched an environment-friendly corporate social responsibility campaign themed “A million trees, a million dreams”.

Shaklee Malaysia has always wanted to do its part to green the earth and at the same time advocate a cleaner, healthier and safer world.

That dream started materialising in 2009 when it teamed up with the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia to sponsor and plant trees at Kepong Botanical Garden, a former mining area which is now an educational public park.

Pushing ahead with its efforts to educate Malaysians on environmental issues and the need for growing trees, Shaklee Malaysia recently planted trees at Bukit Sungei Puteh Forest Reserve in Cheras for the second consecutive year with the cooperation of the Forestry Department.

The event, which was officiated by Natural Resources and Environment Deputy Minister Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, saw the company’s employees, civil servants, guests and  members of the media plant tree saplings.

The three-year cooperation between Shaklee Malaysia and the National Forestry Department started last year when the company sponsored RM10,000 worth of tree saplings and a trail measuring 226 metres long. The trail is to ensure that the park has facilities for visitors including the disabled.

“Reversing the unprecedented loss of biodiversity and saving our planet requires the effort of everyone,” said Victor Lim, the regional general manager of Shaklee, Southeast Asia.

“Working with the Forestry Department in planting trees at this forest reserve is part of the company’s effort in mitigating residual carbon emissions, while at the same time hoping to create valuable wildlife habitats and a forest park for people to enjoy and learn from,” he said.

The company hoped that the choice of fruit trees for planting this time around would serve to attract birds, insects and other wildlife to this reserve and create biodiversity.

“Tree-planting is definitely one of  the most potent ways to protect our planet, but people are either not doing enough of it or not doing anything at all,” said Lim.

“Forests help to control climate. Some experts now call rainforests ‘the air-conditioners of the world’ because their dark depths absorb heat from the sun.”

In his speech, Kurup said Shaklee’s efforts was in line with the ministry’s drive to plant 26 million trees by 2014 which would be capable of absorbing 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

The campaign, “Green The Earth: One Citizen, One Tree”, was launched in April last year. More than 13 million trees have since been planted.

A total of 110 trees were planted during the event, including rambai hutan, sentul, keledang temponek, beruas and kandis .

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Pahang govt ‘killing’ Tasik Chini’s ecosystem

Posted on November 30, 2011. Filed under: Water resource |

-Free Malaysia Today-
Aneesa Alphonsus | November 30, 2011

The legendary Tasik Chini’s more modern saga concerns ecological mismanagement and the near collapse of a delicate ecosystem.


Mystical Tasik Chini, which once spawned a legendary tale of a behemoth dragon or sea serpent called Naga Seri Gumum and the presence of the Sacred Lotus Nelumbo Nucifera is deeply polluted and the Pahang government is to be blamed.

Chini which is made up by a series of 12 lakes is not so much a lake but more of a naturally dammed tributary of the Pahang River.

Until recently the lake’s waters rose and fell with the seasons. During the rainy season the waters were unable to flow down the narrow Sungai Chini and so became backed up in a series of lakes.

This resulted in a unique ecosystem, dominated by the presence of the Sacred Lotus Nelumbo Nucifera which once covered the entire surface of the lake system.

During low waters the lotus seeds would germinate, their roots would take hold in the soft mud and the stunning blooms would appear on the water’s surface.

During the monsoonal floods, from October to January, the lotus would die but their fertilized new seeds would litter the lake bottom waiting the dry season to bloom again.

This exquisite cycle is however damned.

In 1995, the state government, in a bid to commercialize the area and make the lakes more appealing to visitors in the dry season, built a dam at the point where Sungai Chini entered the Pahang River. The structure stopped the free flow of water which was never able to recede again.

It wasn’t long before the Tasik Chini natural ecosystem started showing signs of stress.

Species going extinct

According to Azimudin Bahari, who is with the natural resources and environment ministry, studies have shown that the lake is polluted.

“The scientific studies by the Tasik Chini Research Centre in University Kebangsaan Malaysia clearly show several indicators of a more polluted freshwater lake. Lotus is increasingly extinct and tourist arrivals to Tasik Chini are declining.

“With the rapid decline of this lake, many species of freshwater fish have become extinct.

“The loss of fish not only deprives the communities of an important source of protein, but also has resulted in the loss of traditional fishing methods.”

Azimudin was speaking on the matter at the Care To Action: Multi-Pronged Strategy Needed To Reverse The Decline of Tasik Chini Workshop organised by Transparency International Malaysia (TMI) recently.

He said the suggested multi-pronged strategies however should be based on the principles of sustainability, good governance and recognition of the community particularly the Jakun Orang Asli tribe as the guardians of the locality.

He said the aspiration and cultural practices of the local community must be respected in the economic development of the Tasik Chini area.

There is hope

Despite the less than heartening prognosis, there might still hope for Tasik Chini.

But much of this hope hinges on whether the Pahang government will take the necessary measures to stop the sources of pollution and restore the free flow of water into the lake from Sungai Chini and Sungai Pahang.

Many are of the view that a collective effort between the authorities and the locals is needed to rehabilitate the lake.

The Orang Asli and other conscientious residents around the area have already made it their business to remove weeds called Ekor Kucing (Cat’s Tail) which are choking and absorbing the oxygen in the water.

Ailee Jane, a frequent visitor to Chini, opined that the authorities should remove the dam to allow the lake to heal itself naturally.

“The lake is dying a natural death because of the weir. It is polluted and there is so much of sedimentation.”

Urgent need to resuscitate lake

TMI secretary general Josie Fernandez said that the catchment area around Tasik Chini is being destroyed because of certain kinds of fertilizers which go into the water.

Residents, mostly the Orang Asli, use this water for cooking, bathing and drinking, thereby resulting in skin afflictions.

“Tin ore mining is yet another culprit,” she said, adding that “water from the waste flows into the lake which results in the loss of the fish which is a cheap source of protein.

“There is a story of an Orang Asli who went out early in the morning to catch some fish and only came back with one. He asked how was he going to share that one fish with the other seven families in his village.

“The thing about the Orang Asli at Chini is that they observe sustainable use of the natural resources.

“It’s never about huge profits where they are concerned, and definitely not about enterprise. They don’t do it to destroy the area.

“There really should be more accountability and Chini should be protected as an eco-tourism area. There is an urgent need to resuscitate what has been lost,” said Fernandez

Buy land back from Felda

Fernandez firmly believes that that all development in the catchment area should be stopped and if necessary, land should be bought back from Felda.

“In any development, there should be equity for all, for people and nature and a balance of the two must exist.

“This has been overlooked in previous policies pertaining to development and conservation of Chini.

“It’s our collective responsibly to resolve and go to the very source of the problem which lie in the way the catchment areas have been developed.

“This is not just an environmental issue but more of one concerning governance,” she said.

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Sabah firm to pioneer geo-thermal power generation

Posted on November 29, 2011. Filed under: Energy |


Tawau Green Energy Sdn Bhd (TGE), a locally incorporated company, is set to pioneer electricity generation from geo-thermal sources, a renewable energy option found in Sabah.

TGE is developing a 30MW power plant, located near Tawau, at a total cost of almost RM400 million and utilising existing geothermal energy resources at the site.

In welcoming the project, Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) managing director Baharin Din said the initiative, would not only help Sabah in diversifying its sources of energy and generation mix but also indirectly reduce dependency on power generated from the burning of non-renewal fossil fuel.

“This in turn would aid environmental conservation in the state,” he said in his remarks at the signing of the Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreement between SESB and TGE in Kota Kinabalu today.

Baharin signed on behalf of SESB while TGE was represented by its project director, Andrew SR Amaladoss.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Masidi Manjun.

Also present was Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and SESB chairperson Leo Moggie.

Baharin said the geo-thermal generation project in Tawau would be assimilated into SESB’s grid, utilising the 132kV line into Tawau and Kalumpang PMU.

He said the addition of the 30MW into the existing grid system would strengthen the current installed capacity for the district (Tawau), which has now reached 123.5MW.

“We hope the cooperation sealed today will be further strengthened in time, to ensure the surrounding community enjoys quality and stable electricity supply, while providing positive economic returns for the people in Tawau and Sabah as a whole,” he added.

Meanwhile, Masidi congratulated both TGE and SESB for their efforts in the growth of renewable energy in Sabah.

He said the geothermal plant was a form of renewable energy which did not require fuel burning to produce heat or electricity.

“The good thing about the geothermal plant is that it emits very little carbon dioxide and no nitrogen dioxide, with only very low amounts of sulphur dioxide,” Masidi added.


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Cabinet okays green neighbourhood guidelines to reduce carbon footprint

Posted on November 25, 2011. Filed under: Environmental Policy |

–The Star–

KUALA LUMPUR: The Cabinet has approved a green neighbourhood and low carbon city framework and assessment system, aimed at reducing the nation’s carbon emissions.

Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung said the guidelines would bring the country a step closer to achieving its goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 40% by 2020, as announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Copenhagen last year.

“We are going all out to push the guidelines across.

“Studies have shown that urbanisation contributes more than 50% of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Our small cities and townships are getting bigger.

“We need to take action to save our planet,” Chor said after launching The Star Property Fair 2011 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Friday. The fair, which has over 150 booths, is open from 11am to 7pm and ends on Sunday. Entrance is free.

The Government, Chor added, recognised the need to achieve long-term sustainability for growth.

“The Cabinet paper, which was approved this morning, provides Malaysia with a greener environment solution,” he said, adding that it was a joint collaboration between his Ministry and the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry.

The guidelines which would be distributed to local authorities, would promote the 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle) and environment-friendly logistics in neighbourhoods, among others, he said.

“We hope developers will help spur green neighbourhoods such as providing more cycling and walking paths to reduce vehicle dependency.

“The guideline is not compulsory but it is not difficult to follow. It will be good business sense to do,” he said, adding that awareness on the importance of recycling was being enhanced.

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Kelantanese kids face tooth decay woes

Posted on November 24, 2011. Filed under: Water resource |

-The Star-

ALMOST all children under four years old in Kelantan are facing tooth decay problems due to the lack of fluoride in water supply in the state.

Utusan Malaysia reported that statistics showed that in 2007, 95.3% of children in the age bracket have decaying teeth.

In that year, the daily reported, only 18.1% of the people in Kelantan received water supply with fluoride and the figure had dropped to only 14.1% last year.

At national level, the percentage of children below the age of six facing tooth decay problems stands at 74.5%.

It said in the same period, 62.7% of children below 12 suffered from the problem compared to only 41.5% at national level.

The problem, said the report, was even more serious for those above 16, with 83.5% of them suffering from the problem.

It reported that 24 out of 29 water treatment plants owned by Air Kelantan Sdn Bhd did not have the fluoridation system to add fluorine into the water supplied to the people to prevent tooth decay.

The report said, only treatment plants in Kota Baru, Pasir Mas, Machang and Kuala Krai have the fluoridation system in place.

The Health Ministry has set the healthy range of fluoride in drinking water between 0.4ppm (parts of fluoride per million parts of water) to 0.6ppm.

The report said Air Kelantan Sdn Bhd had failed to meet the requirements set by the ministry due to its cost-cutting exercise.

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Quota for renewable energy tech fixed at 190 MW

Posted on November 23, 2011. Filed under: Energy |

-The Star-

PUTRAJAYA: Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (Seda) has fixed the quota for all renewable energy (RE) technology at 190 MW for 2011/2012.

The revision is mainly because the feed-in tariff (FiT) system for RE has been postponed and would only be launched on Dec 1. The original plan was to offer 219 MW this year.

“I had been informed by Seda the quota is 190 MW, 1980 MW and 250 MW for 2011/2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively,” Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin said at the launch of Seda’s office yesterday.

Chin said he had been approached by many parties seeking feed-in approval (FiA), which would enable them to partake in the quota that had been determined.

“Thus, there is a critical need to create a fair and transparent system when opening the quota to interested RE players,” he said, adding that Seda had developed an e-FiT online system to process applications for the approval.

Of the 190 MW, 50 MW have been allocated for solar photovoltaic (PV) for 2011/2012. The quota for small hydro and biogas are fixed at 30 MW each while for biomass it is 80 MW.

“If you have seen the quota on our website, you will notice that it changes almost every day. It’s because we are trying to tweak the quota to match the availability of the RE fund for all successful applicants of FiT,” Seda chief executive officer Badriyah Abd Malek said.

She said Seda had been deliberating on the quota, trying to match the quota with the RE fund and had decided to fix it at 190 MW.

Badriyah said this was to ensure that each applicant got paid and to be certain the FiT payment was honoured during the entire contract period with the power utility.

Meanwhile, consumers would start paying the 1% levy to cover the costs associated with the FiT scheme for RE from Dec 1.

Chin said the levy was expected to rake in about RM300mil a year to facilitate the implementation of FiT.

He said the Government had given a soft loan of RM300mil to Seda to kick-start its operations.

Due to the overwhelming response to solar PV, the FiT applications for solar PV were limited to a maximum 5 MWp rated capacity.

“The maximum limit is determined because Seda needs to manage the RE fund required for all the different RE sources under the FiT and to avoid oversubscription,” Chin said.

Seda chairman Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn said solar PV currently had the highest FiT rates and it was only fair for all applicants to have a chance. Moreover, the production of 5MW would required some 60 acres

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Feed-in-tariff rush seen

Posted on November 23, 2011. Filed under: Energy |

-The Star-

COME Dec 1, there will be a flurry of applications for feed-in-tariff (FiT), judging by the number of applications submitted during the three-day trial held early this month.

One reason for the rush is that once the applications are opened, the FiT will be awarded on first-come, first-served basis. Moreover, there will also be a quota system in place. The FiT also presents applicants with an investment opportunity as they will be rewarded with lucrative rates.

Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (Seda) had conducted the trial run of the e-FiT online system for the public from Nov 5 to 7. The three-day trial run gave a chance to the public to familiarise themselves with the system before its launch next month.

“Over the three-day gamma testing period, 192 users registered for the testing and 147 FiT applications were submitted by the users. Of the 147 FiT applications, 90% were for solar photovoltaic (PV) and the remaining 10% were spread between biomass, biogas and small hydro,” said Seda chairman Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn at the launch of the authority’s office by Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin in Putrajaya yesterday.

Fielding questions: (from left) Badriyah, Fong and Chin at the launch of Seda’s office.

Before the trial run, Seda had conducted a five-session tutorial over two days where more than 200 people attended.

“The e-FiT online system will go live at the stroke of midnight on Dec 1. In bracing for the Dec 1, I understand there will be a team monitoring the e-FiT online system at Seda’s office on the night of Nov 30. I also believe the CEO has ordered a freeflow of expresso so the team can stay vigilant on their night shift,” Fong quipped.

Under the RE Act 2010, individuals or non-individuals can sell electricity generated from renewable energy (RE) resources back to power utility firms at a fixed premium price for a specific time. The four renewal energy resources that are eligible for FiT are biogas, biomass, small hydropower and solar PV.

Malaysia has set a target for 2,080 MW or 11% of all electricity generated nationwide in 2020 to be sourced from environment-friendly RE. Currently, less than 1% of the total electricity is generated from RE versus the Government’s target of 5.5% by 2015.

According to Seda, RE players will be required to submit the work plan for their RE installation and plant. Once approval is granted, Seda will closely monitor each RE installation and plant until commencement date is achieved. The close monitoring is to prevent the applicant from “sitting” on their allocated licence and quota.

If a delay occurs, a notice will be sent to the applicant asking for an explanation. If the RE player fails to respond satisfactorily, then the licence will be revoked. The fund and the allocated quota committed to the applicant will be released and returned to the system for other applicants.

Currently, the rate Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) pays to renewable power producers is 21 sen per kWh. Concurrently, the average domestic rate that consumers pay to TNB is 27.6 sen per kWh.

With FiT, consumers can install their own renewable resources such as solar modules at home and will act as a secondary income for consumers.

Under the RE Act 2011, a small-scale solar PV producer, meaning a household, could potentially earn up to RM1.75 per kWh of electricity produced by selling the power to TNB.

Consumers who installed capacity up to and including 4 kWp (kilowatt peak) would be paid a FiT of RM1.23 per kWh. With the bonus criteria such as installation of solar PV in buildings or building structures, they will be paid an additional 26 sen on top of the RM1.23 per kWh.

Consumers who installed solar PV for use as building materials will get an additional 25 sen and they will also get another three sen for using locally manufactured or assembled solar PV modules.

Cypark Resources Bhd, MMC Corp Bhd, Fitters Diversified Bhd, Berjaya Corp Bhd and KUB Malaysia Bhd are among the listed companies that are producing RE or have expressed interest to venture into this area.

With just days to go before the system goes online, chief executive officer Badriyah Abdul Malek said Seda would be gearing up and preparing everything for the rush as applicants submitted their applications.

Technically, once an FiT application is accepted by the e-FiT online system, RE quota will be deducted from the system and allocated to the applicant.

Currently, the applicant is given seven days to submit both payment for their application fee (if applicable) and the (physical) declaration form.

Seda will manually vet all the online documents submitted by the applicant.

If the payment, declaration form and online documents are in order, then an FiT approval will be granted. At present, an applicant is issued a feed-in approval (FiA) certificate and the applicant is technically called a feed-in approval holder.

The timeframe between the acceptance of the FiT application and the issuance of the FiA certificate is 14 days, provided the documents submitted are in order.

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