The Edge Friday, 02 July 2010 14:39 Malaysia
Govt gets stay on water concession disclosure
The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis: The Case of Malaysia
by Goh Soo Khoon & Lim Mah Hui, Third World Network (Dec 2009)
It has been recognized that there is a need for a cross-country analysis that can be used to identify the factors that contribute to the problems of state incapacity in South and Southeast Asian nations. In taking up this challenge, we explore selected initiatives of new public management (NPM) in the region to analyse cross-country variations. For this purpose we have chosen four South and Southeast Asian countries, namely: Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
(Dec 12, 2009, Xinhua) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Indonesia's state-run power company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara will cooperate in funding three electricity interconnection projects worth 9.8 trillion rupiah (about 980 million U.S. dollars), Kompas daily quoted an official as saying on Saturday. Two of the projects are cross-country interconnections that will connect Indonesia and Malaysia.
(Oct 2009) -- PLN is seeking $300 million to finance the construction of an electricity connection to Malaysia as part of the unified Asean power grid project. The interconnector will link Riau in Sumatra with Penang state in Malaysia. PLN and Malaysia’s state electricity provider, Tenaga Nasional (TNB), signed a preliminary agreement in October 2009 for power swaps via the interconnector. The Asian Development Bank, the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the World Bank have shown interest in financing the project, which is expected to start in 2012 and be finished by 2015.
Proposed acquisition of Malakoff, Malaysia, by MMC (London - 17 May 2005) International Power notes the announcement by MMC Corporation Berhad (MMC) that it intends to acquire all of Malakoff Berhad’s (Malakoff) assets and liabilities for a total cash consideration of 9.3 billion Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) (£1.4 billion). MMC’s proposed offer to shareholders represents a distribution of 10.35 MYR per share, a premium of 5.7% and 13.0% over the 5 day and 3 months weighted average price of Malakoff’s shares.
Malaysia water news (~1991-2004) –Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Pahanag, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Terangganu; Private investors - Biwater, Lyonnaise, Thames, Vivendi; Sewerage
MALAYSIA POWER NEWS (2005) from Energy Briefing - Asia Pulse.
INDONESIA'S BUKAKA TO BUILD JV POWER PLANT
FEB 14, 2005, JAKARTA - PT Bukaka Barelang Energy (BBE) is mulling cooperation with a Malaysian investor to build a coal fired power plant on Sembulang island near Batam, just south of Singapore. Company director Henry Supanni said BBE and the Malaysian partner have discussed plans to establish a joint venture to run the 100 megawatt power plant which will be built with an estimated US$92 million.
MALAYSIA TO INVEST IN PAKISTAN'S POWER, FARM SECTORS
General problems in TUR:
- Trade union Rights violated
- Not Ratified Con. 87 and 98
- Unaware of TUR problem
- Outsourcing, short-term contract, Rationalization
Gender Equality in the Health Sector – Southeast Asia
By Ian Mariano / PSI, Presented at PSI-APRO Regional Workshop on QPS, Dec 2008
Representatives of Asian country trade unions have been among those participating in the ADB Annual Meeting, including the consultations with nongoverment organizations. A senior official of the Malaysian Trades Union Congress shares his views on how the international trade union movement contributes to development and improvement in the conditions of workers.
In Feb 2009, ADB organized the 1st Twinning Regional Forum held at the K Water Academy in Daejeon, Korea where for the first time, ADB-sponsored twinning utilities met to discuss twinning progress and processes and learn from each others’ best practices. ADB newsletter WATERMARKS (http://www.juscoltd.com/Water%20Mark%203.pdf) reports the following ‘significant results’, despite delays in the start up phase of various twinning partnerships:
? Philippines’ Davao City Water District (DCWD) has reduced non revenue water (NRW) from 31% to 28% learning from twin Ranhill (Malaysia) on applying an holistic approach that involves the whole organization.
‘Expert twin’ Ranhill Utilities started out in 1973 as engineering consultants and expanded first into engineering, procurement and project management, then into turnkey construction, facilities management, development and ownership of projects. It is now Malaysia's premier engineering corporation, focusing on industry sectors essential to nation-building: oil & gas, power, water and infrastructure. As a committed turnkey water solutions provider, Ranhill Utilities has successfully executed numerous projects both in Malaysia and internationally. The following projects are some examples of Ranhill’s projects in the water and wastewater industry: (a) Via its subsidiary (SAJ Holdings Sdn Bhd), Ranhill is the owner and operator of water supply services to the state of Johor since 2000; (b) 100-MLD Water Supply for Yichun City in Jiaxing Province, China; (c) Centralised Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants in Amata Industrial Estates in Thailand; (d) Johor NRW Reduction Contract; (e) Operational Audit of Water and Wastewater Services in Madinah City, Saudi Arabia. Ranhill’s twinning with Davao City Water District (DCWD), a government-owned and controlled corporation, will focus on NRW reduction, management practices (including human resources) and metering.
In September 2008, Puncak Niaga (‘expert twin') signed a memorandum of agreement with KWSB (‘recipient twin’) to provide voluntary services through a twinning arrangement funded by ADB. Karachi Water and Sewage Board (KWSB) is a government-owned utility responsible for the production, transmission and distribution of portable water in Karachi and managing the city’s sewerage system. Puncak Niaga Sdn Bhd (PNSB) is a subsidiary of Puncak Niaga Group, the leading and dynamic integrated water services company in Malaysia. PNSB holds five water treatment concessions with the Selangor State Government and is the nation’s second largest water supply concessionaire, operating, managing and maintaining 29 water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 1,930 million litres per day. Under a separate concession agreement, another Puncak Niaga subsidiary (SYABAS) supplies treated water to a population of 7.3 million and industrial and commercial users. Recently, the government offered a total RM5.7 billion to take over all four water companies operating in Selangor and buy out their assets – including RM3.1 billion for PNSB. The firms rejected the offer, demanding full compensation for losses of future profits. Under Malaysia’s 2006 Water Services Industries Act, the federal government has embarked on a plan to take over water assets in all states to overhaul the water industry. The Selangor state government wants to nationalize the inefficient water sector, and avert a water tariff hike of up to 37 percent beginning April 2009. Puncak Niaga has been making huge profits, paying out close to RM11 million in directors’ remuneration in 2007. In May 2008, Puncak Niaga Holdings acquired seven water and wastewater treatment projects in China for US$9 million as part of its regional expansion. Puncak Niaga intends to leverage on its expertise and experience in Malaysia to tap the vast opportunities and growth potential offered by the China market.