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Electricity Tariff reductionshould not and need not be on the condition of Sarawak succeeding in getting the increase in oil and gas royalty. SESCO can afford lowering tariff by 30%

Posted: 21 Oct 2014 07:48 PM PDT

AdenanSatem was quoted in press today saying that if Sarawak succeeds in getting Petronas to increase oil and gas royalty, the Government will reduce the water and electricity tariffs.

In respond to this statement, it is the position of DAP Sarawak that the reduction of electricity tariffs need not and should not be conditional upon the State getting an increase of oil and gas royalty because of the simple fact that SESCO can afford it.

Our call for the reduction in electricity tariff is based solely on the ability and profitability study of Syarikat SescoBerhad (SESCO) to reduce the tariff.

In the financial year ended 31-12-2013, SESCO generated a revenue of RM2,312 million and made a pre-tax profit of RM408.5 million.

SESCO has 2 main categories of customers, namely:
1.       The normal customers who are paying the tariff of an average of RM0.30 per KwH.  These normal customers include all Sarawakians who are paying domestic, commercial or industrial tariffs. The tariff rates can be obtained in the SESCO website.
2.       The Special Customers who are the smelting plants in Samalaju who are paying tariff rates that are separately negotiated and agreed under separate agreements.  Their tariffs rate were kept as secrets by SESCO. For example, Tokuyama is paying a tariff of only RM0.11 per KwH, Press Metal is only paying a tariff of RM0.105 per KwH, etc.

In the financial year 2013, about 30% of the revenue of SESCO came from these Special Customers.  Forfinancail year 2014, at least 40% of the SESCO's revenue will come from these Special Customers under special contracts for the supply of electricity. 

It isthe projection of the Sarawak government, as stated byAwang Tengah in DUN Sarawak that the committed electricity demand will increase by at least 25% from year 2013 to 2014. 

Year
Committed Demand (MW)
2012
1490
2013
2331
2014
2996
2015
3377
2016
3517

Out of this increase, 90% will be for the sale of electricity pursuant to the special contracts with the industries in SCORE.

Our DAP's campaign calling for reduction of electricity tariff is only in respect of the tariff paid by the normal customers of SESCO (including domestic, commercial and industrial tariff).  It will only reduce that part of the revenue from SESCO's normal customers, without affecting the contractual rates under the special contracts with SESCO's Special Customers.

Based on the figures above and some simple mathematics calculation, it is obvious that a30% reductionof the electricity tariff for the normal customers of SESCO (including domestic, commercial and industrial users) in Sarawakwill not cause any loss to SESCO.

Therefore, there is absolutely no need for the State government to rely on the increase in oil and gas royalty to lower the electricity tariffs in the State.

I urge the State Government not to find excuses to delay the lowering of the electricity tariff in Sarawak.  In light of the escalating costs of living, the State Government should lower the tariff to help ease the financial burden of the people, especially when it can afford.


 21-10-2014
Chong Chieng Jen
Member of Parliament for Bandar Kuching
ADUN for Kota Sentosa

DAP Sarawak Chairman, National Vice Chairman

斯里阿曼要等到2018年才有新医院

Posted: 16 Oct 2014 09:50 PM PDT

(古晋16日讯)古晋市国会议员兼哥打圣淘沙州议员透露,他在国会得到卫生部长的答案,斯里阿曼新医院预计将在2018年才会竣工。
张健仁在前日参与《2015年财政预算案》辩论时提醒首相,在2011年砂州州选时,首相曾向斯里阿曼人民承诺,将在2011年开工建斯里阿曼,2013年底就可完工,新医院克开始启用。现在已是2014年底了,但是建筑连地基也没打。
张氏揶揄,就连那个设置在所指定的地点的"SatuLagiProjekBN"的国阵广告板,也长满了野草和藤类,就是没有看到任何医院建筑工程。
张健仁表示,纳吉在2011年州选承诺斯里阿曼人民将在2013年开始使用新医院。按照纳吉的名句"you help me, I help you"(你帮我,我帮你)。斯里阿曼的人民帮了纳吉,国阵在2011年州选中,斯里阿曼区的州选区赢完,但是纳吉并没有帮斯里阿曼的人民。
张氏指出,因为纳吉的不守诺言,斯里阿曼许多病人还需被载到古晋中央医院治疗,其中有一些更在半途中逝世。

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