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2010 Aug 18 - SAPP vows to scrap controversial dams and coal plant proposals

SAPP vows to scrap controversial dams and coal plant proposals

Yong (left) receiving the new membership forms from Benjamin, meanwhile witnessed by the othersPENAMPANG, August 18, 2010: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has vowed to scrap the controversial coal-fired power plant in Sinakut, Lahad Datu, and the two proposed dams in Kaiduan, Papar and in Kg Tambatuon, Kota Belud when it comes to power in the next general election.

Promising this was SAPP President, Datuk Yong Teck Lee, while speaking at the official launching of its Kg Nambazan branch in Moyog here on Sunday. The said ceremony was held at the residence of its branch chairman Benjamin Siowou.

Also present at the occasion were former State Finance Minister Datuk Mohd Noor Mansor, SAPP deputy presidents Datuk Eric Majimbun and Datuk Liew Teck Chan, its Secretary-general, Datuk Richard Yong, its Information Chief Chong Pit Fah, its Moyog vice chairmen, Aloysius Danim Siap, Florian Chong and Alex Masabal.

"We shall fulfill whatever promises that we have made as Credibility is one of SAPP's seven values," declared Yong to the thunderous applause of those present.

The former chief minister of Sabah was convinced that this can be achieved citing that under the Federal and State constitutions, both land and water supply come under state jurisdiction.

"Hence, whatever developments which the State government do not agree with can be stopped. We will then look into the various other options which are more environmental-friendly and efficient like natural gas, micro hydro dam etc with full consultation with the stakeholders," he said.

He also contended that all these proposed mega projects are unnecessary, with inflated costs and do not benefit the people.

"Why must we allow our natural gas be siphoned all the way to Bintulu, Sarawak instead of keeping it for our own use, to power our houses and industries, instead of purchasing the coal from Kalimantan, Indonesia for the coal-fired power plant purchased from China, at a whopping cost of RM1.7 billion? While Petronas and TNB (Tenaga Nasional Bhd) are laughing all the way to the bank, all that the people of Sabah will get at the end of the day is a host of pollution-related health issues," he said. Sabahans will also be the ones who have to pay higher electricity bills due to the inflated cost of the coal plant.

He questioned the rationale behind the increase in the project cost from RM1.2 billion to RM1.7 billion, even before it is implemented. He was concerned that the cost may further increase when the project is implemented.

On the proposed Tambatuon dam project, Yong said he was outraged by the recent statement by the Federal Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister, Datuk Seri Noh Omar that the RM450 million project is meant for irrigation purposes.

"Irrigation of the padi fields can always be done by channeling water from the nearby rivers, it's not necessary to build a mega dam," he argued, adding that the said amount of money should be better utilize to provide for better irrigation, to construct better roads and to provide subsidies for the farmers.

He added that Noh Omar's recent declaration that the Government will proceed with the project despite objections from the people in the surrounding areas again revealed that all these while the State Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders and elected representatives had been misleading the people by saying that the Government would first listen to the people's views before making a decision.

As for the proposed Kaiduan dam project, he expressed surprise that the elected representatives concerned claimed that they were "in the dark" over the matter when it had been announced by the contractor involved much earlier.

"SAPP youth wing has initiated a solidarity gathering for the three issues and if the Government proceeds with these projects, there will be protests in the state.

"We have taken a stand that we will hold a major protest if they (Government) proceed with any of these projects," he said, adding that all these pressing issues exist due to the fact that the people of Sabah have been divided by the Federal government.

"If we in Sabah are united, I doubt they (Federal government) dare to do this to us," he said.

He thus stressed that it's time for Sabahans to wake up and to stop repeating the past mistake of being exploited by the UMNO/BN-led Federal government through the 'divide-and-rule' tactic, which had been successfully applied on the various State governments during USNO, Berjaya and PBS eras.

"We are easily divided therefore we are easily ruled and this is still happening in Sabah today," he noted.

Such a tactic, he said is now being intensified by the BN-led Federal government following the outcome of the last general election where BN lost its two-third majority in Parliament besides the five states plus the federal territory of Kuala Lumpur to the opposition.

He said BN now realized the importance of Sabah and Sarawak without whom it would have lost the Federal government in the last general election.

Yong cited that among the glaring examples of such tactic was the Federal government reversal of its decision on the Sabah Sarawak gas pipeline project.

He recalled that the then Prime Minister Tun Ahmad Abdullah Badawi had during his visit to Sabah to attend the state-level Harvest Festival here on 31 May 2008, declared that the Government would not proceed with the said project. This was following a request from UPKO, so that the natural gas found in Sabah could be kept for its own utilization.

"This (the announcement on the cancellation of the project) was not from anybody but the Prime Minister himself. But six months later, during his visit to Kota Kinabalu, he (Abdullah) reversed the decision.

"When I read the news I realised that our friends in UPKO had been taken for a ride.

"Let me ask Tan Sri Bernard Dompok - where did Abdullah Badawi choose to announce the decision to go ahead with the gas pipeline? There answer to this is - it was at the PBS congress where Pairin (PBS President) was sitting next to him (Abdullah Badawi). This was a message to UPKO that don't try to be smart as we (KL) still have PBS. This is a glaring divide and rule tactic," he highlighted.

On the illegal immigrants issue, Yong took a swipe at Putatan MP, Datuk Marcus Mojigoh that he was actually not angry with Datuk Seri Idris Jala, the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of the National Key Results Area (NKRA) when the later revealed that the illegal immigrants issue is not included in the NKRA.

"He (Marcus) was angry not because the issue was not included in the NKRA but rather that Idris had exposed the secret that the Federal government do not have the intention to resolve the illegal immigrants problem in Sabah," he said.

He added that the Federal government's glaring lack of political will and sincerity in resolving the perennial issue is further confirmed when the Government during Abdullah's helm announced a meager budget of RM50 millions under the then Deputy Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib to undertake the monumental task, following pressure from SAPP MPs Datuk Eric Majimbin and Datuk Chua Soon Bui, who had declared a vote of no confidence against Badawi.

"It was all talk only where until today nothing has been done to address the problem and, this was further confirmed when Idris recently revealed that it (illegal immigrants issue) was not in the national agenda. Do you think that UPKO and PBS leaders really don't know about this (the non-inclusion of the issue in the NKRA) despite been in the government for so long?" he asked.

Yong later received some new membership forms from Benjamin.

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)

Our Sabah..

Books on ....
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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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,
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Sedition Act 1948
Continental Shelf Act 83 (1966)
Petroleum Development Act 144 (1974)
Petroleum Oil Agreement (1976)


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