Saturday, December 13, 2008

Where have all your money gone - Jalan Duta Court Complex electricity bill

I read this from Malaysiakini a while ago:

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RM5 mil to light up court complex
Beh Lih Yi | Dec 11, 08 7:31pm
The government forked out more than RM5 million since May 2007 for the electricity bill for the new Jalan Duta Court Complex, revealed de facto law minister Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz.

He said this in a parliamentary written reply to Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) who asked whether the government was aware that the lights at the complex were on throughout the night.

nazri abdul aziz"For your information, the total electricity cost at the court complex since its setting up (in May 2007) up till July 2008 amounts to RM5,668,596," said the minister.

"However, not all lights are switched on at night. They are on for security purposes," he added......
This means, for the past 14 months, the Jalan Duta Court Complex is burning RM5million on electricity alone. Let us drill down to see how many houses we can power instead:

Assuming that an average household is using RM150 per month electricity. For my house, our bill is averagely around RM60-80, thus, Rm150 may be on the higher side.

The average monthly electricity bill for the Jalan Duta Court Complex is RM357,143.

So if we use the same amount to power the ordinary people's houses instead, with the amount of money spent, we can practically power a small township of around 2,380 houses with the assumption that average electricity bill per household is RM150 per month.

My question is: How big is the court complex, and why such a huge utility bill?

What about other government buildings??

Mind you, the figure revealed is before TNB hike 10% on its tariff.

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