Chua: Terms of reference on EIA
Dec 1, 2009: Reference 06300 Control and Enforcement ..."I would like to
ask the Menteri on Terms of Reference (TOR) regarding the EIA (Environment
Impact Assessment) and SIA ( Social Impact Assessment) to be conducted by
the Department of Environment (DOE) in Sabah on the viability of the coal
power plant in Kg.Sinakut at Felda , Lahad Datu. What are the major
considerations on the TOR, When is the EIA and SIA going to start? How
Long does it take to complete?
Similarly, I also wish to know on the same study carry out on the Kaiduan
Dam, when is EIA and SIA going to start and time taken for its completion.
Does the people has a chance to present their views? I wish the government
would understand that it's not just a political issue as some senior
politician put it, it is not for the sake of objections that we are doing
it, it is about creating a cleaner and safer environment for our future
As many countries, liked Australia, world biggest producer of coal and
highest (GHG) Green House Gas emission would be considering reducing the its
coals production and coal power production because of its Global warming
impact causing rapid raising of seawater level in Australia. Similarly,
China has also reported its closed down of many coal power plants to
reduce pollutions and global warming impact. Green peace Indonesia also
reported to urge its government to stop its coal mining as Indonesia is
the 2nd world coal producing nation.
We should learn from these experienced nations but not to take steps
backwards. It is our conscience, from the people of Sabah, that we are
doing it for our mother land and our further generations.
Many people in Sabah would like to know the real reasons on why the
initial planned coal power plant was rejected in Silam, Lahad Datu and
again rejected in Sandakan , as announced by the Chief Minister of Sabah is
viable in Kg. Sinakut, Felda Tungku?
From the pictures and information given to me by the anxious people of
Sabah, I would like to know:
(1) At the 2100 MW Mjanjun Coal power plant, and the Kapar coal power
plant in Klang, Is the direct discharge of chlorinated and sulphated
cooling waste water directly into the sea harmful to the coral and marine
life ? We would risk our 'sea food basket ' in Lahad Datu. Is zero
sulphate discharge possible to the sea?
(2) In USA, No coal power plant is allowed to be built at the seaside, all
the wastes must not be allowed to be discharged back into the sea
including water must be recycled. But an incidence of a burst sludge pipe
had killed many marine life.
(3) Kg. Sinakut is 100 km away from Tabin wildlife reserve, Borneo Wild
cat and Leopard project and the Lahad Datu town, Is the government 101%
sure that the air pollutants and acid rains would not affect all these
people and animals, flora and fauna at the said area? Darvel Bay is a rich
food source and a potential of seaweed worth RM3 billion...are these rich
potentials for the livelihood of the people affected?
(4) on the 15, may 2009 at Manado, Indonesia, Leaders of 6 countries
including the PM of Malaysia, pledged to the declaration of protecting the
natural resources of the coral triangle that is at risk due to over-fishing,
illegal fishing, unsustainable coastal development, pollution and climate
change. PM YAB Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said it is a political
commitment for marine preservation.
I urge the government to consider the public interest with 1 Malaysia
concept, People First , "PLEASE STOP IT !"
by Datuk Chua Soon Bui, Member of Parliament for Tawau cum SAPP vice