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2009 May 30 - SAPP Yes to gas-powered but No to coal-fired

SAPP Yes to gas-powered but No to coal-fired

KOTA KINABALU, May 30, 2009: Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) should consider building gas-powered power plant so as to address the decades long energy problems all over the State, said Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).

Gas-powered power plant is the best option to overcome the perennial problems as it is eco-friendly and cheap, said SAPP Information Chief Chong Pit Fah.

"Sabah is the major natural gas producer in the country so there is no reason not to consider building such plant here rather than wasting funds with coal-fired power plant," he said in a statement, here, today.

He said coal-fired power plant could invite many problems like sickness to the people residing at surrounding areas and the workers are not spared off.

Pit Fah further said that coal supplies are also another factor as importing the commodity is not economical.

He said the people would certainly not understand with TNB for favouring coal-fired power plant.

"We could save lots of money with gas-powered power plant because gas supply readily available. But huge sums could go down the drain with coal-fired power plant as we have to rely on imported coal," he said.

He said there is also no reason for the Federal Government to channel all the gas from Sabah to Sarawak for processing at Bintulu and later export it to Japan.

He said some part of the processed gas should be channeled back to Sabah for power plant usage, which could save the government's kitty.

"Moreover we do not have to worry about gas supplies because we are the producer. Coal supplies could lead us to major headache if prices escalate and exporting countries like China and Indonesia could not fulfill demands," he said.

He said the people here are also wonder reasons behind TNB reluctance to channel energy from Bakun dam or Murun dam, both in Sarawak, to Sabah.

He said TNB should explain to the people why it can commit itself to supply Bakun hydro power to peninsula and Kalimantan but cannot commit anything to Sabah.

He added that TNB's refusal to commit showed the Barisan Nasional (BN) government was discriminating Sabah in all matters, and energy supply is one fine example.

He also welcome TNB Chairman Tan Sri Leo Moggie's recent statement that the utility company is now in talks with Petronas and relevant government agencies to initiate the development of a gas-powered power plant in Kimanis.

Chong said the involved parties should speed ups the gas-powered power plant project as Sabah in dire needs of consistent and cheap energy supply.

He said the TNB could later build another three gas-powered power plants in Sabah with two plants be sited at the East Coast to address energy problems over there.

He also called on TNB to speed up the construction of the two hydro potentials in Sabah, namely the Upper Padas and Liwagu rivers.

He added that both hydros, which could generate huge energy, are more reliable and safer when compared to coal-fired power plant.

Moggie in his recent statement also said "TNB are including these for examination, if and when they should be implemented, to be put in the system. These have not been formalised and firmed up in timing."

As such, Pit Fah called on the State Government to push TNB to formalise both hydro projects as soon as possible because it would certainly benefit the people very much.

SAPP is against dirty coal ...more

Coal's Assault on Human Health
Coal pollutants affect all major body organ systems and contribute to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the U.S.: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory diseases. This conclusion emerges from our reassessment of the widely recognized health threats from coal. Each step of the coal lifecycle-mining, transportation, washing, combustion, and disposing of post combustion wastes-impacts human health. Coal combustion in particular contributes to diseases affecting large portions of the U.S. population, including asthma, lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke, compounding the major public health challenges of our time. It interferes with lung development, increases the risk of heart attacks, and compromises intellectual capacity.

Oxidative stress and inflammation are indicated as possible mechanisms in the exacerbation and development of many of the diseases under review. In addition, the report addresses another, less widely recognized health threat from coal: the contribution of coal combustion to global warming, and the current and predicted health effects of global warming...more


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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]

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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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Bernas Monopoly
No to coal-fired plant
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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,
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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SAPP's objection of coal-fired plants in Sabah
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The missing billion ringgit "special grant"
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