Chua: National Green Technology
Policy the way forward for renewable energy
July 30, 2009: After attending the launching of NGTP by PM last week,
Datuk Chua Soon Bui, MP for Tawau, said that it is now more timely than
ever to object the construction of coal power plant in Sabah as it
contradicts the objective of NGTP.
She said although the concept
of green technology is nothing new as many countries in the world such as
Germany, Spain, France, Japan and others had implemented it to overcome
the global problems of global warming, climate change, depletion of
natural resources, energy supplies and food security.
She agreed that NGTP is the way
forward to implement renewable energy resources with sustainable solutions
which minimize degrading impact on the environment. The NGTP is said to
minimize the growth of energy consumption of the present resources with
enhanced economic development, and most important of all, a better quality
of life for all Malaysians.
In 2006, Malaysia consumed
about 14 Gigawatts of energy. The energy requirement is predicted to be 19
Gigawatts in 2010 and 23 Gigawatts in 2015. Malaysia will become a net
importer of oil by 2013.
She commended the government's effort in diverting the energy resources
from oil, gas, coal power and hydropower to more sustainable resources of
solar, wind, biomass and geothermal energies under the NGTP.
In 1979 when the National
Energy Policy was formulated, it was to ensure adequacy, security and cost
effectiveness of energy with efficient utilization of energy. But Sabah
has never benefited for the past 30 years.
Although renewable energy
resource was emphasized in RMK 9 (Ninth Malaysian Plan), no comprehensive
plan was ever implemented. She hoped that the government has strong
political will in the NGTP as it may be more costly to implement initially
but no raw materials are needed, and it is easier to maintain.
She questioned why TNB, being the big power house energy provider in
Malaysia still insists on building the coal power plant in Sabah when
Malaysia is embarking in NGTP. TNB chose to do the opposite.
She also questioned who has the authority to regulate the source of energy
supply. Does it mean that TNB is more powerful to the extent of ignoring
the government's NGTP?
The reasons given by TNB were
that coal power plant is non-polluting technology and cost effective but
the NGTP has already taken into account of the challenge ahead with short
and long termed goals so that quality of life for all citizens and future
generations are ensured.
Coal is definitely not a
renewable energy resource. Beside the pollution factor, people of Sabah
are suspicious of our rich coal mine at Maliau Basin that might be forced
to open when import of coal runs out.
She also said the people of Sabah has never objected the gas power plant
in Kimanis and hoped that it can be sanctioned as soon as possible to ease
the acute power shortage in Sabah.
She urged the PM to intervene on the forced building of the coal power
plant which was said to be the only solution to ensure adequate power
supply in Sabah especially Tawau.
She also urged the TNB not to
hold the people at ransom as it is the government's responsibility to
ensure ‘One Malaysia, People First and Performance Now'. She proposed that
if TNB is not willing to build other renewable energy power plants such as
the solar or hybrid ones, the PM should give a licence through Sabah
Development Corporation (SDC) so that Sabah companies are given a chance
to spearhead the NGTP under RMK 10, and let Sabah become a role model for
green renewable energy provider.