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2010 Jul 17 - MP calls govt’s bluff over coal power

Chua: govt's bluff over coal power

KOTA KINABALU, July 17, 2010: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak was either lying or betraying his ignorance when he said that coal was the only viable source of power generation in Sabah. Tawau MP Chua Soon Bui said in a statement today that the government had been misleading the public about the necessity of setting up a coal-fired power plant on the Sabah east coast and its impact on the environment.

Najib himself may have been misled by his advisers, she added.

Citing recent testimonies by experts engaged by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, she said it appeared that the government and power companies had not been telling the truth when championing the use of coal for power generation.

According to a recent briefing by Korean specialists, she said, coal-fired plants emitted the largest amount of carbon dioxide among power generators.

She also referred to a report released last March by the University of California, which gave detailed recommendations of how Sabah could meet its energy needs through renewable energy options.

A recent conference of Malaysian researchers had also concluded that there were green and renewable alternatives to coal, she noted.

Chua asked if the government would still proceed with the plan to build a coal-fired plant in Lahad Datu in the light of such findings.

She also blasted Tenaga Nasional Bhd and Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd for their defence of the coal option, saying their guarantee of clean coal power supply was disingenuous because they could afford to pay the penalty for violating the Environmental Quality Act.

The maximum fine under the 1974 act is RM100,000, which would be a pittance to the two power providers, she said.

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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.

SAPP's Eight (8) Points Declaration - Whereas our mission is to establish a trustworthy govt and a progressive ...

SAPP's 14 point memo in 2006 - Time for Direct Preventive Actions

SAPP Constitution (booklet)

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RCI Report on Immigrants in Sabah
The Birth of Malaysia
Malaysia Agreement Article 1-11
The Original Agreement of Malaysia
Heroes of Kinabalu 神山美烈誌
Schedule 9 of the Federal Constitution

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20 Perkara
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No to coal-fired plant
Sabah Gas pipeline
3 million acres oil blocks ceded
The Formation of Msia & Devt in Sabah
Proclamation of Msia 1963...details
Restore Sabah's right to appoint JCs,
Ex-minister: Review 20-point
Supply Sarawak power to Sabah...
Sedition Act 1948
Continental Shelf Act 83 (1966)
Petroleum Development Act 144 (1974)
Petroleum Oil Agreement (1976)


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