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2010 Jul 24 - Stop Kimanis-Bintulu gas siphoning

Stop Kimanis-Bintulu gas siphoning

SAPP maintains that Sabah should keep its natural gas for local industries

KOTA KINABALU, July 24, 2010: The State government should not have agreed to or allowed Petronas to siphon the natural gas from offshore of Sabah all the way to Bintulu, Sarawak in the first place, if it was really serious about developing the local industries, the oil and gas industry in particular, said Luyang State Assemblywoman, Melanie Chia.

For the same token, Petronas should not have even think of such a plan let alone pushing for it despite strong objection from the people of Sabah, besides Federal Cabinet's instruction (to Petronas) to give priority to Sabah if the State required the resources, as what has been noted by Plantation Industries and Commodity Minister Tan Sri Bernard Dompok in his statement two months ago.

Dompok also noted that there was a guarantee that no gas will be transported to Sarawak through the Kimanis-Bintulu pipeline if there is a need for gas in Sabah.

Melanie who is also the Women Chief for Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) contended this while responding to a statement by State Industrial Development Minister, Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah on Friday, that Petronas will only agree to let Sabah keep a portion of the gas channeled to the Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal if it is able to substantially build up its infrastructure and manpower to support the oil and gas industry in Sabah.

She further contended that the siphoning of Sabah natural gas to Sarawak clearly showed that Petronas was never sincere to allow Sabah to develop its gas industry.

"They (Petronas) have been taking our resources since 1976. Until today, we do not see any development in gas downstream industries in Sabah. This somehow caused many people to wonder why a state like Melaka which has no natural gas and oil can have downstream industries in oil and gas," she said.

On Tan's assertion that the State need to first ensure that there are proper infrastructures and adequate human resources in place, before convincing investors to come in to invest in the said industries in Sabah, she turned around and asked what had happened to the Sun Bear Polar Sdn Bhd (Sun Bear Polar) which was supposed to build RM5.3 billion plant in the Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) to produce solar glass panels with silica sand from Pulau Balambangan, in northern Sabah.

In April this year, Tan had said KKIP needed the state government's assistance to resolve various issues, including getting natural gas supply from Petronas Bhd at 42 million cubic feet daily, electricity supply at 354 megawatts and access to the silica supply at Pulau Balambangan.

He said this in response to a question from Datuk Liew Teck Chan (SAPP-Likas) during the last State Legislative Assembly sitting.

Melanie noted that she had in fact warned that the proposed investment by Sun Bear Polar would fail if the State government is unable to help to ensure adequate natural gas supply by Petronas.

"The question here is whether the State government is able to ensure adequate supply of natural gas by Petronas. Can the Minister concerned please tell us where is Sun Bear Polar now?" she asked.

She reiterated that if the proposed signing with Sun Bear Polar Sdn Bhd fail, Sabah stands to lose the RM5.3 billion investment which promised to create 1,082 employment opportunity; development of supporting industries and the development of the small and medium enterprises (SMEs), income from land revenue, besides RM2.5 million in annual tax.

She thus urged Tan who is also Vice President for Gerakan to stop issuing rhetorical statement to mislead the people of Sabah over the issue, and to convince his party president cum Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Tan Sri Koh Shu Koon to convince his immediate boss cum Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to instruct Petronas to stop the Kimanis-Bintulu gas pipeline project, if he is really sincere and committed to developing the various industries in Sabah.

"I believe it is not too late still to stop the said project," she said.

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)

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

more on ...
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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SAPP bid to discuss Sabah claim rejected
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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