PETALING JAYA – Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan (pic) says he will not debate PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli on issues relating to the independent power plant (IPP) industry.
The Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications director, however, issued a lengthy statement on Friday to answer Rafizi’s claims on the lopsided IPP deals.
“Other than the fact that he did not do his research properly, there is also no point debating with someone who is a court-certified serial defamation specialist,” Abdul Rahman said.
Abdul Rahman said he noted that the opposition dared not raise the issue of lopsided Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) to the IPP from the year 2013 when the unfair PPAs were rectified through a series of policy introductions by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, including the involvement of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) in the IPP industry.
“I repeat that the entry of 1MDB into the IPP industry prior to the year 2012 together with the Government’s efforts has led to the elimination of such ‘sweet-heart’ PPA that was created by the previous prime minister of 22 years who is now with Pakatan and YB Rafizi’s close friend.
“This is yet another legacy problem of the past that has been corrected by this current Government,” he said.
Abdul Rahman also berated Rafizi who questioned why the PPA benefits had not benefited the public via a reduction of electricity rates.
“Rafizi should know that the electricity rates had been kept low due to gas subsidies from Petronas and reduced Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) profits, despite the legacy of the lopsided PPAs,” he said, adding that electricity rates in the country were already the cheapest in the region.
He said since then, TNB had continued to register record profits resulting in higher dividends as well as a higher share price.
He also refuted Rafizi’s claims that Petronas’ gas subsidies to the IPPs were much lower now only because of lower global gas prices.
“Global gas prices chart shared by Rafizi in his blog has proved himself wrong as it shows global gas prices remaining stable in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
“However, Petronas gas subsidies had also declined in 2013 and 2014, proving that reduction in gas subsidies bill was not due to global gas prices alone,” he said.
He said Rafizi had failed to do his research as the subsidies on the price of gas charged by Petronas to the IPPs has been continually reduced due to the Government’s subsidy rationalisation programme.