SAPP: Coal power plant at Tungku
tainted with power abuse
Kota Kinabalu, Nov 9, 2009:
Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president, Datuk Yong Teck Lee, said
the Prime Minister cannot simply force the coal power plant at Tungku.
Prime Minister insist on Felda Tungku for coal power plant even before the
EIA study is done?
"The basis given by PM to site the controversial coal power plant at
Tungku Felda is because he is Felda Minister. Thus the premature approval
to site the coal plant at Tungku is tainted with abuse of power. He
assumes that Felda managers and settlers would not dare to object just
because the land owner is a federal agency.
"In spite of the intimidating nature of the PM's top down pressures,
Felda residents are upset and worried.
"Is the PM aware that some local villagers are affected? Has the State
Cabinet agreed finally to the Felda site even before the TNB briefing to
Cabinet? The BN leaders must be reminded that it was the BN Sabah CM which
first rejected the coal power plant on April 3, 2008, one year before this
PM took office.
"The PM's insistence to locate the coal plant at Felda Tungku will not
succeed in silencing the objections of the people. Instead, the people
will become more incensed at such high handed intimidation.
SAPP takes issue with PM
2009-11-10 (Daily Express) Kudat: Kuala Lumpur should be more tolerant and
not force Sabah people to accept detrimental development projects like the
coal-fired power plant.
Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President, Datuk Yong Teck Lee said all
this while Sabah had to give-and-take with Kuala Lumpur in every matter,
especially those involving oils.
"The statement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak that he has
the authority as the Felda Minister to approve the construction of the
coal-fired power plant in Felda Sahabat near Lahad Datu after the people
in Lahad Datu and Sandakan rejected the project shows that the people are
being forced to accept the detrimental project," he said.
"His statements that the people of Sabah must give-and-take and that only
this type of power plant can solve the State's power woes is totally
unacceptable," he said.
Speaking at the joint-annual general meeting of the branches in SAPP
Tanjung Kapor, Monday, Yong said Kuala Lumpur, instead should be the one
to give-and-take by allowing Sabah to use its own natural gas to generate
electricity, as it is more environmental-friendly.
He said the people in Lahad Datu and Sandakan rejected the coal-fired
power plant to be built in Silam and Seguntor because it invites many
kinds of diseases, besides polluting the environment.
He added there was also no guarantee of consistent supply of coal that
needs to be imported from Indonesia and its price.
According to him, a gas-fired power plant would be ideal because it is
cheaper and can be located anywhere in the State.
Yong said there was no reason for the plant to be built because Sabah is a
producer of natural gas but what is disappointing, he said was that all
these resources were being channeled from Kimanis to Bintulu to be
processed by Petronas and exported to other countries.
The latest media report stated that million of cubic metre of natural gas
is being exported to China following a sales and purchase agreement sealed
between the country and Petronas.
" Sabah is the poorest state in the country and it is also plagued by
various problems like water supply, roads, schools, health, illegal
immigrants and others. Unfortunately, it is not allowed to even use a
small portion of its own natural gas and instead forced to accept
detrimental project," he said.
Yong said Kelantan, which has been under opposition rule for 19 years, is
also not as poor as Sabah and in fact it is not facing so many problems
like Sabah .