Melanie engages in verbal spat over coal plant
Kota Kinabalu, Nov 18, 2009: Luyang Assemblywoman Melanie Chia said Sabah
Progressive Party (SAPP) is not against the move to provide more stable
and sufficient supply of electricity to the people.
"We also want the rakyat to get continuous and sufficient electricity
(but) through other alternatives like hydro and gas," she said in her
Budget debate speech.
Unlike other assemblymen who received minimal interruptions from the other
members of the House when debating the Budget, it was not plain sailing
for the SAPP Wanita chief.
The moment she delved into the coal-fired power plant issue, one after
another Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblyman, almost all from the East Coast,
stood up to interrupt asking for "clarifications".
It began when Chia said the construction of the coal-fired power plant
would be detrimental to the marine life and its potential for the
aquaculture industry development in Darvel Bay covering Lahad Datu, Kunak
At this point, Bugaya Assemblyman, Datuk Ramlee Marhaban asked the method
used by Chia to determine the aquaculture industry would be affected if
the coal-fired power plant is built at the (Dent Peninsular) Lahad Datu.
"Show the proof ... it is not the style of the (State BN) government to do
things hastily but everything is done after proper and thorough studies,"
Chia replied that the industry would be affected by the chemical content
being discharged from the plant into the sea.
Just as she was about to move on, Assistant Finance Minister Datuk Tawfiq
Abu Bakar Titingan who is also Apas Assemblyman asked if she has no
confidence in the role of the Department of Environment.
He said based on Chia's statement, it was clear that she had already
decided to go against the project even though the project has yet to get
its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report done.
Right after she stated that SAPP did not wish to object to the move to
give better and sufficient power supply to the people albeit through an
alternative source, Ramlee stood up again.
Before Chia could respond to him, another assemblyman, Suhaili Said from
Tungku stood up showing a Daily Express clipping on the statement by the
SAPP CLC Tungku chief.
Rather than asking for clarifications, Suhaili went on to speak about the
clean coal technology and that if the plant is built in Kampung Sinakut,
Felda Sahabat, it would be the seventh such facility in the country.
Speaker Datuk Juhar Mahiruddin, however, called on Suhaili not to make a
statement as he was supposed to ask for clarification.
Chia then continued saying that based on a Petronas report, Sabah has an
abundance of natural gas resources and she asked the reasons for the gas
in Kimanis not being used in Sabah but channeled to Bintulu which is 500km
away and costing RM1.6 billion apart from the RM1.4 billion needed for the
infrastructure and complex in Kimanis.
Chia also read the reply by the Energy Minister to the Tawau MP at the
Dewan Rakyat about channeling electricity through the East-West Grid.
At this juncture, Tawfiq said it was very risky to have the power plant in
West Coast to supply all the electricity to the East Coast via the
East-West Power Grid especially in the event of natural disasters.
"Is it not better to build another power plant in the East Coast so as to
balance the power supply?," he said. "This is getting too technical but
this is the answer from the Minister," she said. Shortly, Ramlee again
stood up saying "those who are feeling the suffering are us in the East
Coast so it should be the people from the East Coast who should object (if
they want to)".
Chia responded that she was making the statement as a Sabahan and that the
people in East Coast might be unaware about it.
"Is the BN government not caring for the people? Don't underestimate our
level of awareness," said Ramlee angrily resulting in the Speaker asking
him to cool down.
"I believe the Luyang Assemblywoman does not feel what we are feeling É so
don't blame the Government if the people remain in the dark but blame the
opposition," retorted Gum Gum Assemblyman Datuk Zakaria Edris.
Tenom Assemblyman, Datuk Rubin Balang asked: "Does Luyang have other
alternatives because to channel gas from Kimanis it will be too
Chia who had her emergency motion for the current sitting to be adjourned
to allow the call for the scrapping of the proposed coal-fired power plant
project to be specifically discussed by the House denied on Monday, calmly
declined to give way to any more interruption.
She moved on to the issue of the publication of the bond worth RM544
million by the State Government, expressing her concern that the State
Government must pay the amount in full in five years when the bond reaches
"The State Budget must aim for a balanced economy, stable and
sustainable," she said.
Quoted from DE
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MOHON MERUJUK PERATURAN TETAP 23 (1)
TAJUK: MEMBATALKAN RANCANGAN MEMBINA LOJI JANAKUASA ARANG BATU DI SABAH.
Saya, Melanie Chia Chui Ket, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Sabah Kawasan N16
Luyang, ingin mohon merujuk Peraturan Tetap 23 (1) untuk membincangkan
perkara bersabit dengan “MEMBATALKAN RANCANGAN MEMBINA LOJI JANAKUASA
ARANG BATU DI SABAH”
Isu ini penting kerana pembinaan loji janakuasa arang batu di Kg. Sinakut,
FELDA Sahabat, dekat Lahad Datu, seperti yang diumumkan Perdana Menteri
YAB Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak pada September 2009 bakal membawa impak
negatif kepada alam sekitar dan biodiversiti serta ekosistem di negeri ini
selain membahayakan kesihatan rakyat terutamanya mereka yang tinggal di
Perdana Menteri pada Oktober 2009 telah mengumumkan bahawa Kerajaan
Malaysia memberi keutamaan terhadap pembangunan Tenaga Hijau.
Sebagai salah satu inisiatif perkara itu, Perdana Menteri sendiri
mengetuai Majlis Teknologi Hijau Negara yang akan melaksanakan Dasar
Teknologi Hijau Negara.
Perdana Menteri sebagai pelopor Teknologi Hijau diperingkat antarabangsa
dan kebangsaan didapati tidak selari apabila merancang membina loji
janakuasa arangbatu di Lahad Datu.
Negara-negara maju telah menggantikan loji janakuasa arang batu tetapi
kenapa kita di Sabah Malaysia harus mengikut jejak yang telah ditinggalkan!
Teknologi bakal digunakan itu adalah tidak konsisten dengan dasar kerajaan
yang mempromosi teknologi hijau serta mesra alam.
Mengapa setelah ditolak untuk dibina di Silam, Lahad Datu oleh Ketua
Menteri Dato’ Seri Musa Aman pada April 2008 dan seterusnya ditolak
apabila ingin dibina di Seguntor, Sandakan, tetapi diluluskan apabila
dipindahkan semula di Lahad Datu di kawasan Kg. Sinakut, FELDA Sahabat.
Rakyat di Silam, Lahad Datu dan Seguntor, Sandakan telah menolak loji
janakuasa arang batu itu dan kini majoriti rakyat Sabah juga turut serta
menolak loji itu.
Slogan 1Malaysia: Rakyat Didahulukan, Pencapaian Diutamakan seolah-olah
telah berubah kepada Rakyat Dikemudiankan, Projek Diutamakan.
Adalah menjadi harapan agar suara rakyat melalui Dewan yang mulia ini
dapat dibawa keperhatian Kerajaan Persekutuan supaya
keputusan tegas untuk membatalkan projek itu dapat dibuat dengan segera.
Justeru itu, perkara ini adalah kepentingan awam, spesifik dan perlu
disegerakan untuk dibincangkan dalam persidangan Dewan yang mulia ini.
Saya mohon pertimbangan Yang Berhormat Speaker.
Sekian dan terima kasih.
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