Dompok achieved nothing
Kota Kinabalu: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) does not see any sense in
the Federal Government proceeding with the 500km Kimanis-Bintulu gas
pipeline while at the same time wanting to build a full-fledged
petrochemical plant in the State.
Vice President Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said it should scrap plans
for the 500km pipeline and, instead, use the billions of ringgit to
set up a real full-fledged petrochemical plant in Kimanis, and not
"How do you know there is an excess of gas? What is the use of a
full-fledged petrochemical plant in Kimanis when at the same time
you export the same raw material for this plant? It is illogical and
a wastage," he said in a statement, Saturday.
He was commenting on Tan Sri Bernard Dompok's statement that he had
now agreed to the 500km gas pipeline project after the Federal
Cabinet convinced him that a full-fledged petrochemical plant would
also be built in Kimanis, and that only excess gas would be exported
Jeffrey, who is also PKR State Steering Committee Chairman, said it
is unfortunate that Dompok is satisfied so easily and quickly with
the new raw deal or promise by the Federal Government.
"While it looks good to say that finally the Federal Government has
agreed to build a petrochemical plant in Sabah, it is appalling and
raises eyebrows because here at the same time you are killing the
plant by building the pipeline to export Sabah's gas.
"The idea is to scrap the 500km pipeline and build a full-fledged
petrochemical plant here. Dompok now allowed the building of the
pipeline. Dompok achieved nothing. The full-fledged plant may never
take off," he said.
He also said Sabah leaders must examine why Barisan Nasional MPs
like Datuk Ghapur Salleh are sceptical about pledges from the
Federal Government to Sabah.
"I still oppose this 500km gas pipeline project. To me it is
tantamount to bullying Sabah and sabotaging her economy.
"We want to create downstream industries in Sabah. Why must we
export these opportunities to Sarawak, which has its own? Sabah is
in dire need of this opportunity as this State is the poorest among
the 13 states," Jeffrey said.