Update green economy laws to keep with changing times, says Abg Johari

Abang Johari (fourth left) takes a look at solar panels on display.
Also seen are Dr Sim (left), Julaihi (third left), and Centexs chief executive Syeed Mohd Hussien.

KUCHING: The federal government should look into updating Malaysia’s legislation to keep up with the changing times, especially when the country is shifting towards a new economy, says Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said the national economy needs to be reformed towards a new and more sustainable one so that the country would be able to compete with other countries around the world. “I have discussed the issue of carbon trading with our prime minister. I informed him that we have to update our legislation in terms of carbon trading because carbon is a commodity in international trade.

“We must have legislation within the framework of how we manage carbon. So I have asked the federal government to look into updating the legislation in terms of the new economy,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

He was speaking a er officiating at the opening of International Green Energy Sym-posium & Exhibition 2023 and Solar Testbed at Centre of Technical Excellence Sarawak (Centexs).

The premier said Sarawak has renewable energy resources such as hydro and solar that would enable the state to play a forefront role in the transition towards a hydrogen eco-nomy by 2030.

“We have opened the (Smart Solar PV and Green Hydrogen) Testbed earlier and I was informed that it produces around 405 kilowa -peak (kWp) using solar.

“For Sarawak, specially in the interiors, if there is no hydro grid in the area, we can harness solar power to produce energy and this means that Sarawak Energy can also use the solar system under the Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrication Scheme (Sares) in rural areas to produce hydrogen,” he said.


He was optimistic that Sarawak could change its whole economic ecosystem within the next few years as the state is blessed with those natural resources.

“We are in the tropics so we have enough water and sunlight. The only thing lacking is technology but we can train and develop our talents towards green skills,” he said. He said the state needs to develop its talents who are knowledgeable on green technology particularly in terms of producing hydrogen.

“I would like to thank Centexs for developing the talents so that we can empower people to be involved in our economic activities,” he said.

Earlier, Abang Johari witnessed the exchange of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) between Centexs and Lab Tech International Ltd, UCSI University as well as Centexs Commercial with JC Gas Sdn Bhd, Min Soon Transport and Whitebeard Engineering.

Areas of collaboration between the parties include, amongst others, knowledge sharing, internship programmes, community engagement or outreach, industrial engagement, and driving the private sector within the industries.

Meanwhile, Abang Johari said the Ministry of Utility and Telecommunication has been instructed to study existing Ordinances to ensure they are updated with the state’s sustainable energy initiative.

“The State A orney-General can have a look at it and what amendments are needed for our Ordinances (with regard to the sustainable energy initiative),” he said when asked whether the Net Energy Metering scheme rolled out by state utility company Sarawak Energy would allow solar photovoltaic (PV) system installed on houses to generate elec-tricity that covers 100 per cent of a household’s consumption.

Currently, the PV system’s capacity of 20kWp for 3 phase system is only allowed to gen-erate energy not exceeding 75 per cent of the average consumption for the past 12 months.

The Net Energy Metering scheme is a billing mechanism, whereby excess solar energy generated from the PV system, will be sold back to the energy company and be used to offset the next electricity bill.

Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian; Minister of Utility and Telecommunication Datuk Julaihi Narawi and his deputy Datuk Liwan Lagang; Deputy Minister of Education, Innovation and Talent Development Datuk Francis Harden Hollis; and Centexs chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani were also present at the event.

Taken from The Borneo Post

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