ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) Awards 2015

Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang Sdn Bhd (PBAPP) received two awards at the 33rd Conference of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (CAFEO) on 25 November 2015.

ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) Engineering Award

The ‘ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Project Award’ (2015) was conferred upon PBAPP for its engineering achievements at the Sungai Dua Water Treatment Plant (Sungai Dua WTP) in Seberang Perai. This award recognises outstanding engineering achievements in ASEAN countries. Its citation states: ‘The basis for this award shall be an engineering achievement that demonstrates outstanding engineering skills, that have made a significant contribution to the engineering process and the quality of life in ASEAN.’

ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO) Honorary Member Award

The second AFEO award for PBAPP is the conferment of the ‘AFEO Honorary Member’ upon PBA Holdings Bhd and PBAPP Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Ir. Jaseni Maidinsa. This award is given to persons ‘who have rendered outstanding services to the engineering profession, the institution and/or the nation.’ Dato’ Ir. Jaseni has served in PBA, PBAPP and PBAHB for 30 years.

PBAPP and PBAHB CEO Dato’ Ir. Jaseni Maidinsa (left) receiving the ASEAN AFEO Award for the Sungai Dua Water Treatment Plant.
Dato’ Ir. Jaseni Maidinsa (centre), senior PBAPP managers and engineers with the two ASEAN AFEO awards won by PBAPP.




PBAPP was named as Malaysia’s ‘Water Services Operator of The Year” in the inaugural KeTTHA Industry Awards (KIA) ceremony organised by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) on 21 November 2013.

PBAPP also received the inaugural “Efficiency Award” in the water industry category, scoring a memorable “double” for Penang in the field of sustainable water supply management.



NRW represents water loss in the water supply Industry. The reduction of NRW is important because less water loss means more water availability for consumers. NRW percentage is regarded worldwide as a key performance indicator in the water supply industry. To put it simply, a water supply operator with a low NRW percentage is generally regarded to be an efficient water supply operator.

In 2013, PBAPP recorded a NRW percentage of 18.2% for Penang, as compared to the national average of 36.6%, as reported in the Malaysia Water Industry Guide 2013.

In short, Penang’s NRW percentage was less than half of the national average. It was also the lowest amongst all the states in Malaysia. In fact, since PBAPP was incorporated in 1999, Penang’s NRW percentage has consistently been the lowest in Malaysia.

Accordingly, in 2014, PBAPP was appointed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to serve as the lead organisation for the implementation of the JICA Partnership Programme on “NRW (Non Revenue Water) Reduction Technology Training and Capacity Building in Malaysia”.

The aim of this project is for PBAPP to acquire the latest Japanese technology in NRW management to further reduce water loss In Penang. A team of PBAPP engineers and technicians will be trained to serve as NRW lecturers. Once this team is ready, PBAPP will then provide NRW reduction training for other water supply operators throughout Malaysia, with endorsement from the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA).

The duration of the project is from 1 January 2014 – 30 November 2016. JICA will provide a partnership grant of RM1.6 million for expenses while PBAPP will allocate the land for the ‘training field” and appoint a team of lecturer trainees. PBAPP will also provide the training facilities at the Penang Water Services Academy (PWSA).

JICA has also appointed Tokyo Suido Services, or TSS, to work directly with PBAPP on this project. TSS has helped Tokyo to achieve 3.3% NRW.

On 18 March 2014, JICA, PBAPP and TSS signed an agreement to formalise the partnership programme, witnessed by the Chief Minister of Penang, YAB. Tuan Lim Guan Eng and the Consul-General of Japan, H.E. Mr. Ryuji Noda.



Together with PDAM Tirta Musi Palembang, PBAPP won the international “WaterLinks” Award for “Best Water Operator Partnership (WOP)” in 2011.

WaterLinks represents the International Water Association (IWA), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID has been implementing initiatives in Asia through its Environmental Cooperation-Asia (ECO-Asia) projects.

The WOP project is one of ECO-Asia’s key water supply initiatives. As a participant, PBAPP has been sharing its best practices and core competencies with PDAM Tirta Musi, the water supplier for the province of Palembang in Indonesia since December 2009.

The initial target for the partnership was to improve water supply services to 40,000 residents. At the point of initiation, more than 70% of these residents had intermittent water supply for 10-12 hours daily.

By focusing on non-revenue water (NRW) management and capacity development, PBAPP helped PDAM Tirta Musi to improve continuous water supply and increase access to safe drinking water for the benefit of 150,000 residents; and water supply availability has been upgraded to 24 hours a day.

A total of 80 PDAM Tirta Musi personnel were also trained by the Penang Water Services Academy (PBAPP’s sister-company that specialises in water industry training services).

Penang Green Office Certification by the Penang Green Office Council






2011 Penang State Level Safety Week 2011
Video Presentation on Safety
Best Video and Best Director
2006 Gold ( Class II ) – OSH Awards
by the Malaysian Society for Occupational Safety & Health
2001 MWA Outstanding Water Award for Management 2001
by the Malaysian Water Association
2001 Silver Award – OSH Awards
by the Malaysian Society for Occupational Safety & Health