By Adrian Lim
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 16: The Rural Development Ministry is conducting pilot projects at two villages in Lawas involving the installation of light-emitting diode (LED) street lights.
Rural Development Minister Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad said LED street lights using solar energy can provide cost savings over the long-term for the country.
“We are conducting pilot projects at two villages which are Kg Sungai Tiang and Kg Sungai Kejar in Perak.
“And others in Sarawak at Kampung Long Semadoh and Kampung Long Sukang,” he said in reply to Sabak Bernam MP Datuk Mohd Fasiah Mohd Fakeh in Parliament here today who asked the ministry on the proposal to roll out solar energy street lights in rural roads and the Sabak Bernam constituency.
Abdul Latiff expressed belief the implementation of LED street lighting can be expanded throughout the whole country to save cost if these pilot projects are successful.
He noted LED street lights provide cost savings for electricity and his ministry is assessing the feasibility of installing LED street lights for roads in rural areas.
Abdul Latiff disclosed his ministry is formulating a new policy so that the procurement, tender and delivery process for LED street light installations in rural areas will be transparent in order for the rural community to enjoy low electricity tariffs. — DayakDaily