A. OVERVIEW OF THE ENERGY COMMISSION
A statutory body established under the Energy Commission Act 2001, Suruhanjaya Tenaga (ST) or the Energy Commission is responsible for regulating the energy sector, specifically the electricity and piped gas supply industries, in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah.
Taking over the role of the Department of Electricity and Gas Supply, the Energy Commission started its operation on January 1, 2002. The main focus of the commission are reliable electricity and gas supply, reasonable costs and safety.
The roles of the Energy Comission is divided into three, namely Economic Regulation, Technical Regulation and Safety Regulation.
To promote economy in the generation, transmission, distribution, supply and use of electricity and in the reticulation and use of gas; promote competition; enable fair and efficient market conduct and prevent the misuse of monopoly or market power in the electricity and piped gas industries.
To ensure security, reliability, efficiency and quality of supply and services in the electricity and piped gas supply industries.
To protect the industry, consumers and public from dangers arising from the generation, transmission, distribution, supply and use of electricity and the distribution, supply and use of piped gas.
B. ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT
ST regulates the safety of electrical equipment by ensuring that electrical equipment sold in the market is safe to use and does not harm consumers. To date, ST regulates 34 categories of electrical equipment that required Certificate of Approval (CoA).
Referring to Regulation 97, Electricity Regulations 1994:-
No person shall manufacture, import, display, sell or advertise -
(a) any domestic equipment;
(b) any low voltage equipment which is usually sold directly to the general public; or
(c) any low voltage equipment which does not require special skills in its operation,
unless the equipment is approved by the Commission by obtained Certificate of Approval (CoA).
Details regulated equipment and application procedures can be refer to Guideline for Approval of Electrical Equipment and download at www.st.gov.my