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Prior to the reshuffling of the Cabinet, utilities sector/industry in the State was under the purview of the Ministry of Finance and Public Utilities. Following the Cabinet reshuffled on the 1st July 2004, the State Government has decided to separate Public Utilities from the Ministry of Finance.

The utilities sector/industry in the State was formerly under the purview of the Ministry of Finance and Public Utilities headed by the State Financial Secretary assigned as the Permanent Secretary for Public Utilities.

With the reshuffling of Cabinet in 1st July 2004, the structure, composition and function of Utility Division was taken out from the organizational structure of State Financial Secretary's Office and transferred to the new Ministry of Public Utilities and headed by its own Permanent Secretary.

The utilities lists that were under the purview of the Ministry of Finance and Public Utilities are as follows:

  • WATER
  • ELECTRICITY
  • GAS

With the creation of the Ministry of Public Utilities, the utilities lists and other functions under the purview of the Ministry are as follows:

  • WATER (includes Rural Water Supply);
  • ELECTRICITY (includes Rural Electrification Scheme);
  • GAS;
  • TELECOMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE;
  • BAKUN HEP PROJECT;
  • Proposed Aluminium Smelter Plant project in Similajau;
  • And Issues pertaining to any construction of dam for water catchments and resettlement issues arise from such projects.

The Ministry is currently handling the construction and resettlement of Gerugu Dam at Sarikei and Bengoh Dam at Kuching.

The agencies under the Ministry of Public Utilities are:

  • Kuching Water Board
  • Sibu Water Board
  • LAKU Management Sdn Bhd
  • JKR (Water Section)
  • Sarawak Energy Bhd
  • Sacofa Sdn Bhd
  • Sarawak Gas Distribution Sdn Bhd

The laws and rules that regulate the Electricity Supply Industry under the purview of the Ministry are as follows:

  • The Electricity Ordinance (Cap 50);
  • The Electricity (Amendment) Ordinance, 2003 (Cap A109);
  • The Electricity Rules, 1999;
  • The Electricity (State Grid Code) Rules, 2003;
  • The SESCO Ordinance, 1962 (Cap 51); and
  • The Sarawak Electricity Supply (successor Company) Ordinance, 2004

The laws and rules that regulate the water sector/industry under the purview of the Ministry are as follows:

  • The Water Ordinance, 1994 (Cap 13);
  • The Water Supply Regulations, 1995;
  • Water (Amendment) Ordinance Chapter A126, 2006

The laws and rules that regulate the gas sector/industry under the purview of the Ministry are as follows:

  • The Sarawak Gas Supply Services (Operating Company) Ordinance, 1995

However the laws that govern the sector/industry in Malaysia are as follows:

  • Gas Supply Act 1993; dan
  • Gas Supply Regulations 1997

The laws and the rules that regulate the telecommunication infrastructure in the State are under the purview of the Ministry of Planning and Resource Management. However, the laws that govern the sector/industry in Malaysia are as follows:

  • Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Act, 1998, Act 588 - coming into operation on 1st April 1999
  • Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Act, 1998, Act 589 - coming into operation on 1st November 1998
 
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