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2009 Sep 13 - Chua: Extend National Energy Commission to Sabah

Chua: Extend National Energy Commission to Sabah

Tawau, Sep 13, 2009: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Vice President and Member of Parliament for Tawau Datuk Chua Soon Bui, urged the Prime Minister, YAB Dato' Sri Najib bin Tun Razak to extend the National Energy Commission to Sabah in view of the repeated power disruptions that have haunted the people of Sabah especially Tawau for more than 20 years. Up to now, no assurance has been given by the SESB/TNB on regular and reliable power supply.

She asked how much longer does the people of Sabah have to suffer and how much longer does the business sectors have to 'succumb' to huge losses.

Chua said energy is a national security item and it is the government's duty to supply and protect it for the interests of all Malaysians including Sabahans. She also said while TNB celebrated its 60 glorious years of powering the nation on the 1/9/2009 with its continuous resilience and commitment to powering the nation's progress and enhancing the quality of the life of Malaysians, why can't TNB do the same in Sabah with its long experience in national power supply?

"The National Energy Commission should take up the task to re-evaluate the power planning, management, maintenance, enforcement of SESB/TNB in Sabah, so that a holistic approach can be implemented to achieve high quality services comparable with those of peninsular Malaysia.

"The Malaysians in Sabah are tired and fed up with all the excuses or temporary measures of SESB/TNB.
She urged the government to be sensitive to the suffering of the people especially, at the height of the power disruption, everybody experienced around 7 ‘dark hours' daily at the beginning of August, as it is the real concern of the people. Although the supply has improved in the past 2 weeks, she has continued to receive complaints that the power supply is still unstable in the rural areas.

She hoped that the SESB/TNB would ensure that the Malaysians in Sabah especially in Tawau would be able to celebrate a 'bright' Hari Raya Aidilfitri like all other Malaysians in the peninsular Malaysia, in line with PM's motto of ‘One Malaysia, People First, Performance Now'.

She also urged the Prime Minister, YAB Dato' Sri Najib bin Tun Razak to enforce KPI (Key Performance Indicators) through the relevant ministry on SESB/TNB so that Sabah can enjoy a continuous and reliable power supply within a stated time frame. She hoped the power disruptions would be a nightmare of the past for the people of Sabah through close monitoring of the KPI.

On the related matter of proposals of power supply for the East Coast of Sabah, she strongly felt that it is a matter of immediate concern because the present west-east coast grid is said to be unstable, that means the power supply at the end of the grid, i.e. Tawau power supply can't rely on grid system and it suffers the most during load shielding. The planning of a power plant in the East coast is of utmost urgency.

On the recent announcement by the chief minister of Sabah, YAB Datuk Musa Aman, with the option of setting up a 100MW Geothermal power plant in Andrassy, Balung, she urged the government to seek views from foreign experts from Japan. Apparently, the geothermal reservoirs with underground chambers where hot water is turned into steam by the magma of the earth core may contain traces of dangerous elements such as mercury and arsenic, which if leaked into the river will be hazardous.

Studies on geothermal power were done more than 10 years ago in Tawau and it was found non-viable due to several environment hazards. Fluids drawn from deep earth core may carry a mixture of gases, notably carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide pollutants can contribute to global warming, acid rain etc.

She said she doesn't want to see a repeated case of the coal power plant announced by SESB/TNB without the blessings of the people. It would be a worse political time bomb that could cost the ruling government in the coming elections as voiced out by both the ruling and opposition YBs and leaders. Don't lie to the people because the people always know the truth

"Apart from the problem of frequent power breakdowns, the people of Sabah also face difficulties due to cuts in water supply, unsatisfactory roads and other infrastructures. It is also the government's responsibility to provide the above facilities to improve the quality of life for the Sabahans. It is hope that with the PM's visit to Sabah, the PM and his central government will give immediate attention to the problem of lack of infrastructures in Sabah. In line with the PM's wish to prioritise the people, it's high time now to deliver these long awaited facilities to the Sabahans who are sick and tired of empty promises. It is hoped that the performance of the government is prioritised; concrete actions are always welcome, not empty promises," Chua said.

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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 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

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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Twenty points safeguard
20 Perkara
Illegals & IC issues
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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Take action against anti-Malaysia elements
Call for Philippines Consulate in Sabah
Get the RM1 billion and solve the QEH debacle
SAPP's objection of coal-fired plants in Sabah
SAPP: Explain the RM 601 loan to KL company
The missing billion ringgit "special grant"
SAPP on SEDIA Bill 2009
SAPP supports the call for the abolishment of Cabotage Policy
Probe illegals having Mykad also
Political Autonomy for Sabah
Sabah Schools still awaiting share of RM30 million
Special fund: Eric wants ACA probe
Oil royalty: SAPP not giving up
Scrap Bernas monopoly on rice
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