Sabah discriminated by BN government
KOTA KINABALU, 26
May 2009: The Barisan Nasional (BN) Government is discriminating
Sabah when it comes to providing the needed development, in
particular, energy supplies, said Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).
SAPP Wanita Chief Melanie Chia said it is evidence when the Tenaga
Nasional Berhad (TNB), a Government Linked Company (GLC), which has
been monopolising energy supply in the country, has confirmed that
power from Bakun dam in Sarawak is very unlikely to be channeled to
"Is this another confirmation of the disparity managed by the
Barisan Nasional Government," Melanie, who is also Luyang
Assemblywoman asked in a statement, here, today.
She said Sabah also deserved to be supplied with energy from either
Bakun dam or another dam in Sarawak, Murun dam, and not only
peninsula due to our power problems, which persistently hit all over
the State since the last 30 years.
"Why energy generated from Bakun goes all the way to Peninsula and
not Sabah?" she asked adding Sabah needed energy more than Peninsula
because West Malaysia probably has sufficient supply while Sabah are
in dire needs.
She said there is no reason not to channel energy to Sabah from
Bakun or Murun when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had
recently said that part of the energy from Bakun goes to Indonesia .
In addition, a minister has also indicated that energy from Murun
will be exported to Brunei .
Melanie said the people here will certainly be dejected if energy
from Sarawak could not be channeled to Sabah .
According to her, energy problems like sudden power failures,
disruptions and rations are considered norm all over the State with
the East Coast the hardest hit areas and the problems have never
been improved even before Bakun dam project was considered.
"Power cut is part of life in Sabah for years," she added.
She further said that recently Energy, Green Technology and Water
Minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui had said that there is a
possibility that Sabah will receive energy from Bakun or Murun.
She added it seems that the Minister and TNB differs on decisions.
"I wonder who has the higher power between them, is it the Federal
Minister or the TNB Chairman," she asked.
She also queried reasons behind Moggie's statement that coal-fired
power plant is the only option to address energy problems in the
"Has Moggie got a hidden agenda? Why is he so insistent on the
coal-fired power plant as the only option for the East Coast,"
Melanie further asked.
Moggie was reported to have said that until now TNB had yet to
identify anything that can substitute the coal-fired power plant for
"We are not saying we are giving away the plan to have a coal-fired
power plant. We are open for anything, if there is practical option
or alternative available out there. Based on our observation, now
there is no other alternative practical option," Moggie said.
Melanie noted that TNB targets to commission the first nuclear power
plant in Malaysia by 2025 if the government decides to include
nuclear as an acceptable energy option.
Head of nuclear energy unit TNB, Dr Mohd Zamzam Jaafar was reported
to have said TNB cannot ignore nuclear energy amid the uncertain
future supply and volatile fossil fuel prices as well as gas
Coal price, Dr Mohd Zamzam said, has also been very volatile.
According to Melanie, if Moggie had intended the coal-fired power
plant as a long term solution to the energy problem in Sabah , it
does not seem to syncronise with the overall energy planning in view
of the scarcity of raw material and volatility of coal price in the
medium and long term.
"We Malaysians in Sabah are still puzzled by Moggie's insistent on a
coal-fired power plant for Sabah ," she added.