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2010 May 14 - Melanie: Petronas must be committed to giving Sabah the much needed gas

Petronas must be committed to giving Sabah the much needed gas

KOTA KINABALU, 14 May 2010: The Federal Government through Petronas ought to ensure adequate supply of natural gas from the oil and gas terminal at Kimanis to generate energy, which is crucial to development in Sabah, said Luyang Assemblywoman Melanie Chie.

She asserted that adequate supply of natural gas is crucial to ensure that proposed development in the state can take off, not to mention development of the oil and gas downstream industries which can generate greater employment opportunities and spur economic development.

Melanie who is also Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Wanita Chief, was responding to Plantation Industries and Commodity Minister Tan Sri Bernard Dompok's recent statement to support the State Governmment's move to develop Kimanis and Sipitang into oil and gas towns.

Dompok said that the Federal Cabinet had instructed Petronas to give priority to Sabah if the State required the resources.

While noting that there was a guarantee that no gas will be transported to Sarawak through the Kimanis-Bintulu pipeline if there is a need (for gas) here, Dompok said therefore the State Government have to look at the infrastructure for the utilisation of gas.

"Petronas wants to go ahead with it so they must have their reasons. But when Sabah needs the gas, they must not export. I think that is the undertaking," he said.

He also revealed that the state government had already received a written commitment from the national oil company assuring compliance.

Nonetheless, Melanie was doubtful of Petronas's assurance.

"Is Petronas truly committed to giving the natural gas we require for our develoment? Is the Federal Government commited to its promise to give priority to Sabah for our oil and natural gas resources requirement?" she asked.

Melanie added that she feared that KKIP Sdn Bhd, a State GLC, would fail if the Sabah Government in upholding Sabah interest is unable to assist them to solve problems related to adequate supply of natural gas for energy intensive industries.

She pointed out that State Minister of Industrial Development Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah had announced that KKIP Sdn Bhd needed 42 million cubic feet of natural gas daily and electricity supply of 354 Megawatts for a proposed solar glass manufacturer.

KKIP Sdn Bhd has proposed to sign commitment to investor, the Sun Bear Polar Sdn Bhd which wanted to build RM5.3 billion plant to produce solar glass panels with silica sand from northern Sabah.

"The investment would fail if the State Government is unable to help to ensure adequate natural gas supply by Petronas. There must be a firm commitment by Petronas. If the State Government is not able to secure this supply commitment from Petronas , other potential invertors either local or foreign would also not come to Sabah," she said.

She continued that if the proposed signing with Sun Bear Polar Sdn Bhd fail, Sabah stands to lose the RM5.3 billion investment which promised to create 1,082 employment opportunity; development of supporting industries and the development of the small and medium enterprises (SMEs), income from land revenue, amongst others.

She also urged the Government to update the people on the status of the Sun Bear investment as to whether it is going ahead or not, and whether adequate natural gas is made available for Sabah industrial development including Sun Bear.

SAPP Policies

SAPP's 17 point Manifesto - Sabah deserves better in terms of more equitable distribution of opportunities, in social, economic and infrastructural development and a better quality of life. [BM][Chinese]

SAPP's Economic Plan for Sabah - SAPP aims to achieve economic prosperity and financial self-reliance for Sabah. Version in [BM] [Chinese]

SAPP's Land Reform Policy - To promote and protect the rights and interests of local natives and other citizens in Sabah [BM][Chinese]

On Oil Royalty - SAPP is not giving up its struggle for more oil royalty payment for Sabah.

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SAPP Constitution (booklet)

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The Birth of Malaysia
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The Original Agreement of Malaysia
Heroes of Kinabalu 神山美烈誌
Schedule 9 of the Federal Constitution

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Continental Shelf Act 83 (1966)
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Petroleum Oil Agreement (1976)


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