Assalamualaikum w.b.t.,

Hidup di dunia yang sementara ini banyak mengabui mata kita tentang matlamat kehidupan yang sebenarnya. Kita semakin terdesak dengan himpitan kehidupan dan berlumba-lumba untuk mencari kehidupan yang lazimnya lebih menampakkan keduniaa semata-mata.
Apakah ada di antara pelaburan yang semakin hari semakin kurang diberikan tumpuan? Namun, apakah kita menidakkan keperluan yang perlu kita sediakan di dunia bagi persediaan akhirat? Bagaimanakah pula pelaburan di dunia yang wajar dilakukan untuk persediaan akhirat kita? Wajar rasanya kita sama-sama bincangkan dan jadikan maklumat bersama ini sebagai panduan kita merentasi dunia untuk menempah tempat yang selesa di akhirat kelak, insyaallah.

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Wassalam.
5/11/2009
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Expansion in solar photovoltaic to generate RM200mil in opportunities

Thestar: Monday November 22, 2010

By DAVID TAN

GEORGE TOWN: The solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the country is expected to increase substantially to 11mega watt (MW) in 2011, generating about RM200mil in business opportunities for companies involved in installing solar power generation systems.
AWC Bhd managing director Azmir Merican told StarBiz that the 11MW capacity would provide for the grid-connected market in the peninsula and the off-grid market in East Malaysia, following the implementation of the feed-in tariff scheme under the Renewable Energy Law next July.
The feed-in tariffs proposed for residential buildings is around RM1.20 per kilowatt (KW) hour and for commercial properties around RM1.10 per KW hour, while the tariff to consume solar power from Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) is around 32sen per KW hour for both residential and commercial properties.
AWC, a provider of engineering services and integrated facility management solutions, is listed on the Main Market. Ithad just set up a joint-venture company, AWC Solamas Sdn Bhd, with Solamas Sdn Bhd to provide solar power integrated services to tap the huge potential of the renewable energy sector in the country.
Solar panels installed by AWC Solamas
We expect the commercial and government sectors to generate the bulk of demand for solar PV system installation, as the commercial enterprises and the Government would be interested in reducing power spending to stay competitive and to save money.
A large factory, for example, would require the installation of 1MW capacity, which would cost about RM16mil to install.
The RM16mil would include the cost of designing, building, and installing the solar PV system to suit the requirements of the customer, he said.
Commenting on overseas markets, Azmir said the joint venture company would also look into providing its services in the Middle East.
The Middle East is heavily investing into solar projects, and we would like to be a part of this, he said. In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), for example, there is 1500MW capacity of concentrated solar power slated for development by 2020, and the installation for 100MW capacity has already started. The UAE has also invested about US$2bil into solar PV manufacturing.
Azmir said the company would also explore Africa, which has a large growth potential in the energy sector, and pursue opportunities in Malaysia and South-East Asia.
ETI Tech Corp Bhd, an ACE market renewable energy provider company, is targeting to sell between 500 and 1,000 sets per month of solar power generation system for off-grid applications in 2011 for the Sabah and Sarawak market.
We sold only about 60 sets this year, which generated over RM1mil in revenue, as we started the business some 18 months ago.
The off-grid solar PV market in Sabah and Sarawak is huge, as there are some 400,000 rural households which are still using diesel-generators as power systems.
ETI Tech has to date spent about RM4mil in research and development to produce lithium polymer batteries for off-grid applications in east Malaysia, ETI managing director K.K. Lee said.
Meanwhile, Gading Kencana Sdn Bhd managing director Guntor Tobeng said the company was now bidding for two 5MW solar power projects called by Johor Port in Pasir Gudang and by Tenaga Nasional Bhd for its solar farm project in Putrajaya, which would cost about RM180mil to install.
In 2012, the solar power capacity in Malaysia is expected to grow to 22MW, generating about RM400mil in business opportunities.
These business opportunities are in the supply of modules, system components, and provision of installation services to households and commercial buildings which generate solar energy for their own usage or those connected to the power grid for distribution. The capital barrier to these businesses is also very low, ranging between RM50,000 and RM3mil, Guntor said.
Based in Shah Alam, Gading Kencana is involved a providing consultancy and engineering services for renewable energy used in residential and commercial buildings.
The company has, so far this year, completed RM10mil worth of solar energy projects for rural areas in east Malaysia.

Towards a green nation and economy

Thestar: Saturday November 27, 2010

AT YOUR SERVICE
By DATUK LOO TOOK GEE
Secretary-General Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry


In the pursuit of sustainable development, policymakers must find a way to strike a balance between economic efficiency and environmental protection.
THE global community is confronted with challenges related to the environment and climate change. As a result, many countries are promoting sustainable development by investing in green technology in the form of cleaner low-carbon transport and energy systems, “smart” electricity grids, energy efficiency, renewable energy as well as in green research and development.
Green technology signifies a global paradigm shift in which economic aspiration combines with resource productivity and conservation to spearhead sustainable development.
Under a Cabinet reshuffle in April 2009, the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry (Kettha) was given the mandate to promote sustainable development through the adoption of green technologies in the various economic sectors of the country.
In pushing for a low-carbon economy, the Government launched the National Green Technology Policy on July 24, 2009, which serves as the basis for all Malaysians to enjoy an improved quality of life, by ensuring that the objectives of our national development policies will continue to be balanced with environmental considerations.
The Government also hopes to create a new avenue of growth for the country from green technology, in line with the New Economic Model that was unveiled recently.
The country’s vision for a low-carbon growth trajectory will be driven by four main pillars – energy, economy, environment and society.
To strengthen the platform for our green agenda, the National Green Technology Council was established to spearhead green technology application in the country. This council is chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and supported by a steering committee and five working groups on industry, research and innovation, human capital, promotion and public awareness and transportation.
The Green Technology Policy also outlines five strategic thrusts towards implementing green technologies in the country (for details, go to www.kettha.gov.my).
In the transition to a low-carbon economy, the key issue for our policymakers is how to strike a balance between economic efficiency and environmental protection as the driver for economic growth and environmental sustainability. This needs to take into consideration the importance of promoting the notion of the environment and eco-efficiency as a business opportunity, rather than a cost item.
The following are examples of the initiatives undertaken by the ministry to address the challenges of climate change and reduce our carbon footprint:
Energy efficiency
The Malaysian Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement Programme represents one of the main efforts undertaken to improve energy efficiency in the industrial sector. Since 2001, fiscal incentives had been introduced by the Government to promote efficient use of energy such as pioneer status, investment tax allowance, duty import exemption and sales tax exemption.
The ministry was now in the midst of finalising the Energy Efficiency Master Plan with clear goals and targets in the industrial, building and residential sectors, so as to coordinate and implement energy efficiency and conservation programmes in a systematic and holistic manner.
Renewable energy
The Government approved the Renewable Energy Policy and Action Plan in April 2010. This policy is aimed at promoting long-term sustainability by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels for electricity generation and at the same time stimulate a new growth industry for the country.
To encourage renewable energy generation in the country, the Government will be implementing the Feed-in Tariff Mechanism which allows electricity produced from such sources like biomass, biogas, mini-hydro and solar to be sold to power utilities at a fixed premium price and for a specific duration.
Green buildings
The Green Building Index (GBI) is a rating tool to grade environment-friendly buildings and the Government is providing fiscal incentives to buildings which are GBI-certified.
Owners of GBI-certified buildings are entitled to income tax exemptions, equivalent to the additional capital expenditure, to green their building. Buyers of green buildings from developers will also be exempted from stamp duty equivalent to the additional cost incurred to green their building.
Sustainable transport
To facilitate the use of electric vehicles (EV) in the country, the Government is in the process of preparing the EV Infrastructure Roadmap, which includes a fleet test programme for electric vehicles. The implementation of this fleet test will be the benchmark in developing a strategic plan and framework as well as identification of entities that will benefit the electric vehicle industry, in areas of services and new business opportunities.
Green Technology Roadmap
Under the Green Technology Roadmap, a baseline study is currently being conducted to ascertain the overall green technology applications in six sectors, namely, energy, transport, building, water and waste management, manufacturing industries and ICT applications.
Green Technology Financing Scheme
A RM1.5bil soft loan scheme called the Green Technology Financing Scheme (GTFS) was launched by the Government early this year to encourage the participation of companies and entrepreneurs in green technology. The Government bears 2% of the interest rate charged and provides a guarantee of 60% on the financing amount, with the remaining 40% being taken by banking institutions.
Green townships in Putrajaya and Cyberjaya
The ministry, together with the Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (MGTC), is developing a green township framework, a green township rating system based on the Common Carbon Metric (CCM) and carbon

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Cabinet agrees to electricity price increase

Now we need to get ready for the worst in household defisit. Rising of RON95 and cooking gas for sure will move to domino effect. How much will other good price hike? 5%? 10%? or as high as they want? What will the vehicle maintainance be in near future? Lets wait and see, next will water tariff and electricity? How about preparation for our children school? Lets make our own record then think again. Our ruling government now is really care about us, about our difficulties. You can watch daily in TV, how care was our government. Should we change new government? Think and think again!

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Thestar: Thursday December 9, 2010

By DANNY YAP
danny@thestar.com.my


KUALA LUMPUR: The federal Cabinet has agreed in principle to a revision of electricity tariff but has not decided when it should take place.
Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said an electricty tariff revision was on the cards but the Government had not decided when.
He said there were many issues that the Government needed to address before a time could be set for the revision.
Under the Government Transformation Plan, we have to roll back the subsidies, which involves so many other things, such as fuel cost and the Government has to make a decision as to when Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) is allowed to make the revision and this has not be confirmed, he said after the launch of TNB Service Charter yesterday.
The TNB Service Charter has the mission to improve TNB's services to its customers.
On the water sector issue, Chin said the federal government has given the state government the nod to discuss the possibility of acquiring the four water players in Selangor.
The four water players are Puncak Niaga (M) Sdn Bhd (PNSB), Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) both of which are controlled by Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd Syarikat Pengeluar Air Sungai Selangor Bhd (Splash) and Konsortium Abass Sdn Bhd.
Chin said a formal letter was sent to Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim two weeks ago to go ahead to discuss on the possibility of buying the water assets of the four water companies.
However, any deal made must be on a willing buyer-willing seller basis, he said, adding that it was necessary to bear in mind that there was a legitimate and existing concession agreement between the parties concerned. Chin reiterated the point that acquiring the water assets should be on a willing-buyer willing seller basis and that there was no issue of force so long as it was competitively priced.
If the state government spends too much to buy over the water assets from these companies, this is going to affect the water tariff and we should be careful about this as it may lead to higher water tariffs to consumers.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Can a higher salary guarantee better quality of life?

 Need to think about it???? Better still the rumour flying around about the disposal RON95 from the market in near future might be true.... What happen when only RON97 will be in the market? Think about it? Higher income meaning higher income tax to pay for private sectors.... Hmmm! It sounds very true now.

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Thestar: Thursday December 2, 2010

Making a Point - By Jagdev Singh Sidhu

THE price of RON 97 petrol has increased by 15 sen to RM2.30 a litre but going by the reaction people have, it's not caused much of a ripple.
Adverse reactions from previous price hikes have dissipated but that must be due to the fact that most Malaysian road users are pumping RON 95 into their vehicles compared with RON 97 before. In short, the price hike would not affect most Malaysians.
But the prices of many goods are going up and that is something most of us have to get used to. Around the world, the prices of commodities are rising and so is the everyday cost of doing business.
Higher prices would hit wallets and that got me thinking. Is a higher salary a guarantee for better quality of life? We all hear how our parents were able to own larger homes than what most people could afford.
Drive around some of the more established neighbourhoods in Kuala Lumpur and it would not surprise that many of the owners of those homes were your typical middle income earners of yesteryear.
Back then homes were cheaper and real estate inflation, which really took off in the early 1990s, had not eaten into the pay packets many were earning.
Also back then, there were no mobile phone bills, healthcare charges were not astronomical as most Malaysians had more faith in the service and the ability of doctors in the public sector.
There was also no satellite TV subscription or Internet fees to pay for and also computers were a luxury item as opposed to a necessity these days. Being a high income nation might not mean most Malaysians will be living in the lap of luxury.
Going by the target of reaching US$15,000 per capita income by the end of 2020 to qualify as a high income nation works out to slightly less than RM4,000 a month based on exchange rates today.
As urbanisation will increase over the next decade, more Malaysians will be living in cities than currently and by today's standards, RM4,000 a month is not a lot to go by in a big city like Kuala Lumpur.
Given the ever-escalating price of goods and services and the hidden costs of modern living our parents did not have the bear with in the past, notwithstanding the higher income we should be earning in the future, one wonders whether we will actually see a higher quality of life than what our folks enjoyed during their time.