BN flip flops again!
Nov 25, 2009: The legacy of
PM Najib: Coal is Dirty, Not Environmentally Friendly
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct
31 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak admitted today that the
government needs to revise its energy policy, calling the current one
obsolete and in need of a revamp.
In his keynote address at electricity utility TNB's 60th anniversary
celebration here, he said the current policy was proven to be costly, both
environmentally and financially.
Heavy dependence on independent power producers (IPPs) and costly natural
resources like natural gas have taken its toll on the government
financially while cheaper options like coal is damaging to the
environment, said the prime minister.
"I don't like the current energy policy. It's not right," he told some
1,500 TNB workers attending the event.
"We are overly dependent on the IPPs and expensive resources like natural
gas to produce energy and coal is what we call DIRTY technology, it's NOT
environmentally friendly," he added.
Relations between IPPs and the government have not been good in recent
Many leaders from both sides of the political spectrum are calling for the
government to be firm with the IPPs which they claimed have been stepping
on its toes by providing energy at high prices.
While Najib today said the government should stop depending on the IPPs,
he did not mention how the government planned to do so.
Later at a press conference, Najib said the government had begun embarking
on a new energy policy that he claims would be focusing more on
As revealed in Najib's maiden Budget recently, the prime minister told the
media that his administration had started studying sectors like renewable
energy and green technology to replace the current policy.
"It's not a short-term solution, it's a long one but we need to make the
first step," he said.
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PM Najib: Sabah Should Accept Dirty Coal
Much time wasted in solving Sabah's power woes, says PM
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Kota Kinabalu: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said there is
need for some sacrifices to be made in order to achieve development and
something good, particularly in addressing the power woes in Sabah.
He said he made the decision to have the proposed coal-fired power plant
project to be re-located to Felda Sahabat Felda in Lahad Datu since the
project had been rejected by other districts in the State.
"First, it was to be built in Lahad Datu but the people there objected and
then moved to Sandakan but the people there also objected so lastly in my
capacity as the Minister of Felda I decided to build it in a Felda area.
Its okay," he said.
[Blog note: So, the people of Felda are less important than those in Lahad
Datu and Sandakan?? This statement proves that the PM KNOWS FULLY WELL
about the fierce objections of Sabahans, then WHY still push it down our
According to him, the Federal Government was committed in addressing the
power woes in Sabah and he had even directed the Energy Minister, Datuk
Peter Chin, to ensure the problem in Sabah is addressed by next year.
[Blog note: If the Federal Government is 'committed', then the Federal
Government should NOT EXPORT our Kimanis Gas to Sarawak (but let Sabah use
it for electricity), and should NOT channel Bakun's hydro-power all the
way to West Malaysia, Brunei or Indonesia (but export it to Sabah, which
is much, much closer)!!]
However, he said that despite the dire need of power supply, the move to
set up the power plant was objected just because it is using coal to
"But, if not we won't have any power. Our people must decide you want
power at the same time you don't want the power plant. You want the plant
somewhere else, not in your own backyard.
[Blog note: The PM must have been misinformed. The people of Sabah WANT
power plants - but we just DON'T want coal (or nuclear, mind you)!! How is
that difficult to understand, dear PM?]
"So this is our problem we have wasted much time pushing it around," he
said, adding that in order to achieve something good there is a need for
all to make some sacrifices.
"We have to accept what is good and we have to be realistic. If we
understand and are willing to sacrifice we will achieve higher level of
development for Sabah," he said.