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2009 Feb 19 - SAPP welcomes assurance, calls for gas-powered plant for Sandakan

SAPP welcomes assurance, calls for gas-powered plant for Sandakan

KOTA KINABALU, Thurs. (Feb 19, 2009) - The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) welcomes the assurance that the construction of the proposed coal-fired power plant at Seguntor, Sandakan, has not commenced.

It reiterated its call to the State Government to consider wider utilisation of natural gas for power generation in the State.

SAPP secretary-general Datuk Richard Yong We Kong said the public protests had apparently caught the attention of the State government leaders on the public's sentiments on the subject.

He laughed off remarks that described the protests were unnecessary saying that it was precisely because of the protests that he believed the State government had not acted contrary to public opinion.

"If we had waited until the government had approved the project, then our protests would have been too late, wouldn't it?" he said in response to Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan who yesterday said the State Government has not committed itself to allowing Tenaga Nasional Berhad to proceed with the power plant at Seguntor.

Said Datuk Richard: "We are pleased that the State Government has bowed to public pressure on coal-fired power generation.

"We are pleased that there is no commitment by Sabah to allow TNB to build the plant at Seguntor. We stand by our belief that if a coal-fired power plant was originally not good for Lahad Datu, it is obviously also not good for the people of Sandakan, or anywhere in Sabah."

Groups that opposed the proposed Sandakan power plant gathered at the Seguntor site last Friday claiming that earth works had begun on the site, and accused the State Government of concealing the truth. SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee was among the protestors.

Speaking to the media after the State Cabinet meeting here yesterday, Datuk Raymond clarified and said it was wrong to accuse the State Government of allowing the construction of the plant as it had not made any commitment to TNB.

Meanwhile, Datuk Richard said SAPP is firm in its call to the State government to consider cleaner alternatives of power-generation such as natural gas, and to seriously re-consider its decision to allow the piping of natural gas from Sabah to Bintulu, Sarawak.

"The Prime Minister promised the Sabah people that the gas pipeline project was cancelled. But we understand that it is going ahead as planned, except now the Petronas is talking about a petrochemical complex at Kimanis and the building of a gas-fired power plant.

"We ask the Prime Minister to own up to his promises to stop the pipeline construction. At the same time, why can't we consider building another gas-powered generation plant in Seguntor, instead of using coal?"  more in Protest worked


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 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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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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