“Extend SIRIM Safety Certification to include ICT/IT-related Products”
7 September 2010
The ‘Public Notice’ by the Energy Commission(Suruhanjaya Tenaga) in the NST newspaper today at page 30 (NST-7 Sept 2010) seeks to inform the general public and stakeholders to ensure compliance with Regulation 97 and Regulation 98 of the Electricity Regulations 1994.
Regulation 98 pertaining to ‘Marking or labelling of approved equipment’ provides that “Where an equipment has been approved for manufacture, import, display, sale or advertisement by the Commission, the person to whom a Certificate of Approval has been issued under regulation 97 may be required by the Commission to mark or label the equipment and he shall do so in the manner to be determined by the Commission”.
Regulation 97(1) provides for ‘Certificate of Approval of equipment’ in that no person shall manufacture, import, display, sell or advertise any domestic equipment; any equipment which is usually sold direct to the general public; or any equipment which does not require special skills in its operation unless the equipment is approved by the Commission.
Both Regulations 98 and 97, however do not dealt with unregulated ICT-related products/equipment in the current market which rely either primarily or by secondary means on electrical power for efficient operation. In other words, such ICT/It products may or may not fall within the category of approved equipment or electrical equipment as per the Electricity Regulations 1994.
The requirements for SIRIM’S approval as per Regulation 98 is therefore optional for these IC/IT products. In other words, importers and producers of electrical-related ICT/IT goods are not required by the Electricity Regulations 1994 to have SIRIM’s seal of approval although they may fulfilled other approval requirements stipulated by the Energy Commission.
As the majority of ICT/IT products in Malaysia are powered essentially by electrical means/powers, clear SIRIM’S approval is a logical must. Based on current checks at well-known ICT/IT major shopping hubs, the majority of electrical ICT/IT goods and products in the market do not have SIRIM’S seal of quality and safety particularly imports from China or made-in-China products.
Form V (Regulation 97) of the Electricity Supply Act 1990 provides for the procedure of equipment approval. Approval if granted does not require the applicants to clearly display or marked the said ICT/IT products as approved equipment at their respective premises/shops/outlets.
The Energy Commission and the DTC Ministry must take into serious account this inadequacy to maintain consumerism’s safety and improve/enhance the quality of electrical-based ICT/IT products and related products in Malaysia.
Jeong Chun phuoc
and an advocate in Strategic Environment and Taxation Intelligence(SETI)
He can be contacted at Jeongphu@yahoo.com