SAPP: Coal plant idea not supported by public
Kota Kinabalu, Nov 15, 2009: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) said the State
Government proposal to construct a coal-fired power plant in the State is
not supported by the people.
In fact, SAPP Tungku chief, Datu Suaib Mutalib said the State Cabinet led
by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman had rejected the proposal to build
the plant in Silam, Lahad Datu, the site chosen by the Tenaga Nasional
Berhad (TNB) before.
The reason given by the Chief Minister for the rejection of the coal-fired
power plant proposal on April 2, 2008 was that it would be detrimental to
the health of the people and the environment.
The people in Sandakan also objected to using the same arguments when
Sungai Seguntor was chosen as the alternative site, he said.
"However, the State Cabinet and Sabah Barisan Nasional leaders, especially
those from Umno, never objected when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun
Razak announced that the plant will be built in the Felda Sahabat area
also in Lahad Datu," he said.
Suaib said some of the Umno leaders in Sabah gave their fullest support to
Najib on the matter and that the people in the State must be prepared to
sacrifice to enjoy development through the setting up of the coal-fired
"It is puzzling as none of the Umno leaders has rejected the project with
an open mind," he said.
Suaib also described the move by Sepanggar Umno chief, Jumat Idris, was
"merely an act of lobbying for the Sepanggar Parliamentary seat" in the
He said the people in Lahad Datu did not object blindly to the proposal as
claimed by Jumat but because they understand the consequences of building
the power plant fuelled by coal to generate electricity.
Furthermore, Suaib said the leaders should just wait for the Environmental
Impact Assessment (EIA) Report to be finalised before pledging their
support to Najib.