MPs from both sides of the House called on the Government to come up with a long-term plan on the usage of bio-diesel and other alternative energy.
They called for incentives to be provided to encourage petrol stations and the public to use bio-diesel.
Debating the Supplementary Supply Bill at committee stage, Ahmad Shabery Cheek (BN – Kemaman) said the Government should formulate a comprehensive plan on the management of bio-diesel and other alternative energy.
“The picture given to MPs and the people is that there is no roadmap on the matter by the Government. It looks like things are done on an ad hoc basis,” he said.
Datuk Liow Tiong Lai (BN – Bentung) asked if the Government was studying the possibility of using solar and nuclear energy.
“What are the Government’s plans on solar and nuclear energy? Malaysia is a tropical country, but we lack research and development initiatives to fully utilise solar energy.”
Mohd Alwi Che Ahmad (BN – Ketereh) proposed that the Government use part of the subsidy allocation for petrol to help build more infrastructure for NGV stations.
“Is it possible for the Government to set aside at least half, a quarter, RM400mil or RM200mil to help build NGV stations?” he asked.
He said it was costly for petrol operators to build such infrastructure, and for consumers to convert their vehicles to NGV.
“To convert my Volvo to NGV, I have to pay RM5,000 and I was told that to convert a taxi to NGV, the cost is RM2,500. This is so expensive,” he lamented.
Winding up the debate, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Tengku Putera Tengku Awang said he was confident the Government would unveil incentives, including tax exemption, to encourage the private sector to get involved in the development of bio-diesel and bio-technology.
He said the Government was also looking at alternative energy in view of escalating oil prices.