Monitoring system for NEP


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 24 Nov 2005

THE Government will set up a monitoring system to keep tabs on the implementation of any policy that is the continuation of the New Economic Policy (NEP), Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said. 

He said this was because dissatisfaction over the NEP by non-bumiputra groups were over its implementation rather than the policy itself. 

“If there was any dissatisfaction by any racial group, it does not mean that they do not agree with the policy,” he said in a written reply to Ahmad Shabery Cheek (BN – Kemaman). 

In view of this, Abdullah said, the Government would streamline the implementation machinery of the policy. 

He said an effective monitoring system would ensure that the target groups would get to enjoy the benefits of the policy. 

On a separate matter, consumers have been asked to complain to the Energy Commission and not Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) if they feel that they have been unfairly billed for electricity usage. 

Deputy Energy, Water and Communications Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said the commission was the “referee” in the matter and as a “player” TNB would, of course, not admit its mistake.  

“So complain to the commission and not TNB,” he said in winding up the debate on the Supply Bill. 

Shaziman said Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik had personally asked TNB to seriously look into such grouses. 

He was replying to Lau Yeng Peng (BN – Puchong), who asked on what basis did TNB decide on the amount consumers owed, adding that he received 15 complaints of consumers being billed between RM3,000 and RM36,000. 

Shaziman said consumers, whether individuals or businesses, who incurred losses due to power failure caused by TNB's negligence had the right under the law to seek damages. 

“That is why we need a strong and independent commission to be a referee between the consumers and TNB,” he said. 

Earlier, Lau alleged that TNB technicians were offering to alter power meters for customers. 

He said that when he started his business operation at a shoplot in USJ, Selangor, he was approached by a TNB technician who offered to alter the meter. 

“They charge RM800 for one meter and RM1,200 for two,” he claimed. 

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