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2009 Jun 23 - SAPP to Raymond: Don't insult Sandakan folks

SAPP to Raymond: Don't insult Sandakan folks

KOTA KINABALU, 23 June 2009: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has taken its former deputy president cum State Industrial Development Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah to task, for claiming credit on the cancellation of the construction of coal-fired power plant in Sandakan, describing it as disgusting and a gross insult to the people of Sandakan.

"What moral right has he got to try to claim credit now when all these while he has been conspicuously quiet on the issue, except for all the empty talks about forming a new political party but eventually ended up in joining Parti Gerakan.

"Even then he failed to keep his coveted Deputy Chief Minister's post besides being demoted from a more important portfolio of the Infrastructure Development Minister's post to a less important portfolio of the Industrial Development Minister's post," slammed SAPP Vice President, Poon Kee Yang in a statement issued here today.

He was responding to a statement made by Tan in a local Chinese dailies yesterday, claiming that the government has heard the grouses of the Sandakan folks and has decided to cancel the sitting of the controversial project in Sandakan.

He contended that the cancellation of the sitting of the said project was largely due to strong objection of the Sandakan folks, with the support of SAPP and NGOs like the Sabah Environment Protection Association (SEPA) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

"Both he (Tan) and the Elopura Assemblyman Au Kam Wah were nowhere to be seen during the various public protests organized by the 'pressure group'," Poon noted.

He continued that there is nothing much for Tan to shout about because although such a power plant would not be built in Sandakan now, there are speculations that it would be built somewhere in Lahad Datu, probably at Felda area.

The project was initially proposed to be sited at Silam, Lahad Datu but was later cancelled by the State government following a strong protest from the residents there. In announcing the scrapping of the project, the Chief Minister Datuk Musa Hj Aman even cited environmental and public health concerns as the main reasons behind the cancellation. However, it was later announced that the project will be sited in Seguntor, Sandakan.

Poon also challenged Au who is also the Sabah Energy Corporation (SEC) Chairman make good use of his position to convince the State government to instead opt for gas-fired power plant which is much cheaper, cleaner, efficient and readily-available in the state.

"Failing which, it's only honorable that he steps down as SEC Chairman as, if not for the support of the people, he is just nobody," he said.

He also called on the State government to give a satisfactory explanation on why the state is unwilling to fully utilize the natural gas found in the state but rather have it siphoned-off to the neighbouring state for processing before exporting it to another country.

He fervently maintained that SAPP would continue to object to the construction of coal-fired power plant anywhere in the state, citing its harmful impact on human and environment.

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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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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Twenty points safeguard
20 Perkara
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Bernas Monopoly
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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