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2008 Nov 11 - Gassed out, Sabah interest

Gassed out, Sabah's interest

Tony Thien | Nov 11, 08 12:18pm

Sabah Progressive Party (Sapp) is "not surprised" that Upko failed to persuade the federal government to scrap the RM3 billion Kimanis-Bintulu pipeline.

yong teck leeSapp’s rationalises that this is due to the imbalanced federal-state power relationship that constantly undermines divided states like Sabah.

"Once again the interests of Sabah have succumbed to the vested interests of federal bodies like Petronas. Once again, our political leadership has failed Sabah,’ Sapp president Yong Teck Lee said in a statement to Malaysiakini last night.

He said it was apparent that if Upko carried out its threat and left BN - as media reported - then Umno and BN will fill their void with Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS).

Both Upko and PBS seek to represent the non-Muslim bumiputera communities in Sabah.

"It is not a coincidence that Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had chosen to announce the decision to go ahead with the gas pipeline at the PBS Congress in Kota Kinabalu, while at the same time, praising PBS and its leaders.

"This is divide and rule in a glaring public display," argued Yong - a former chief minister who led his party’s exit from BN last September.

merdeka statement launch 020807 bernard dompokConspicuous was the lack of local support for Upko leader and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Bernard Dompok’s (left) efforts to hold the Abdullah to his promise to scrap the pipeline on May 31.

Neither the (Upko) State Minister of Industrial Development Ewon Ebin, nor the Federal Deputy Minister of Industry who is also LDP President Liew Vui Keong, spoke out against the pipeline.

Sabah Umno leaders - at state and federal level - were unconcerned that Sabah will suffer serious serious energy shortages in the next few years, Yong said.

He pointed out that Umno run Sabah losing out Petronas’ investments to Umno-free Sarawak is a clear betrayal of Umno’s pledge to lift Sabah.

"This is the sad state that Sabah is in today to the extent that our (state) government now even pretends to be happy that ‘surplus’ gas will be used to build a full fledged oil and gas industry in Sabah.

"How can Sabahans fall to such dismal state that even our government leaders have come to expect the people to believe such nonsense?" implored Yong.

The early bluster from Upko’s leader and youth leader gave false hope to the people, as they eventually relented and now are content "eating humble pie".

The 500km pipeline from Sabah to Sarawak was seen by many as an impediment to the former's energy sufficiency goals. Most leaders in Sabah opposed it as it was feared the state would be shipping out most of its gas away. The federal government for now promises only to pipe-out Sabah’s surplus gas.

Sabah first

peter chin fah kuiThe Sapp chief said Dompok’s announcement that "the federal cabinet has now agreed to create a full-fledged petrochemical industry in Sabah using local oil and gas" sits unwell with Plantation and Commodities Minister Peter Chin Fah Kui (left) statement that "Petronas should look into Sabah’s gas reqirements".

Chin’s statement is vague and non-committal for Yong, as it seems Petronas has no idea about Sabah’s energy needs.

"The gas and oil belongs to Sabah, not anybody else.

oil world market 141008 04"Petronas only has a right to extract the oil and gas. If we cannot use it, then do not exploit it. Leave it there for future generations," exclaimed Yong.

He suggested the state government jettison the pipeline by applying land laws, which is specifically under state prerogative as enshrined in the federal constitution.

‘Until such time that the Sabah’s oil and gas industry has reached a full fledged capacity, and if there is a surplus of gas, then we allow the construction of the pipeline,’ he pointed out.

As a bare minimum the federal government must build a power plant capable of providing sufficient energy to Sabah, before constructing the pipeline.

The Government must explain intelligently with facts and figure to show whether there will be surplus of gas, said Yong.

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

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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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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
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Scrap Bernas monopoly on rice
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