Nationwide drive to save energy to be launched in May

The Federation of Malaysian Consumer Associations (Fomca) and the Energy, Water and Communications Ministry will jointly organise a campaign to encourage the public and industries to reduce their energy consumption and save cost.

The National Energy Efficiency Awareness Campaign, to be launched in May, will be themed “SWITCH! Switch off when you are not using; Switch to energy-efficient products”.

Various educational programmes will be carried out nationwide throughout the campaign from May 2009 to December 2010.

During the programme, students from primary and secondary schools as well as colleges will get to learn practical conservation tips and how to identify energy-efficient products through interative games and activities.

In addition, Fomca has designed a separate industrial programme for industries interested in reducing their energy consumption and saving cost in the long run.

“Malaysians have become too ‘manja’ with the use of electricity and have long undervalued our energy resources,” Fomca president Datuk Marimuthu Nadason said.

“Many of us do not like to change what we have been doing, I know it’s difficult, but it’s time we take measures to save energy and be energy efficient because our resources won’t last forever,” he added.

The campaign’s website ( will be launched in May.

Tenaga National Berhad (TNB) signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Fomca and pledged to contribute RM1.5mil to the campaign as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility effort at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur recently.

TNB president and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh hoped that the practice of energy conservation would not only reduce consumers’ cost of living, but help to preserve our national fuel reserve and reduce TNB’s dependence on import fuels.

“Thirty per cent of our energy resources are imported and last year, TNB spent RM3bil to import fuel from other countries.

“The cost will only continue to rise in the future as we are no longer self-sufficient,” said Che Khalib.

He added that Malaysia’s own natural gas reserves would be reduced substantially by 2019.

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