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Coal powered plant – people very disappointed September 14, 2009

Posted by wong jimmy in SESB.

The people were expecting good news but instead were very disappointed to hear that the coal powered plant will go ahead to tackle the electricity woes. Worse, I heard the construction at Felda Sahabat, Lahad Datu had already started even before the announcement made.

The people and myself are very disappointed, we were hoping for a good news on electricity woes. but instead receive bad news, something that the people rejected. Even more disappointing was that PM did not mention on any compensation for those who suffered from the blackouts especially the business sectors.

Businessmen to simple housewives have suffered and not even a bit of compensation was mentioned. Our ‘blackouts’ last for hours, in peninsular, even a 5-minutes ‘blackouts’ will create outrage from the people and TNB will have to apologize and even pay compensation.

Notice, when PM was here on Sunday, there was no blackout in Tawau the whole day, not even a minute!

The state government owed an explanation to the people, why it allow the building of the coal powered plant at Felda Sahabat, which is a plantation and meant to help the local farmers and pioneers by resettling them there. Has Felda Sahabat become a Federal Territory and the people have no say?

The state government who holds about twenty percent of shares through Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd must make it transparent to the people. We are talking about the future of our air quality and environment. This is no simple matter, even the haze produced from Kalimantan, Indonesia could reach Sabah and lingered about a week in Tawau alone. In future we will have double pollutions, the haze and the coal plant and nobody can guarantee there will be no pollution.

The PM’s slogan ‘People First’ has no more meaning as it had not put people first in respect to the coal plant even though majority of the people are against it from the very start at Darvel Bay, Lahad Datu before proposed to Sandakan.

People felt they had been forced to accept and their views are not important. It is no more like the olden days where parents will choose the sons or daughters partners and force them to marry whom the parents chose. That era is gone, people have changed, they know better, and they know what they want.  But BN wants to push their way and force the people to accept, eventhough it is very clear the people do not agree or accept. 

Personally, buying new generator sets would be more practical and faster way to tackle the electricity supply for the whole state for short term measures and tapping into water, solar and wind would be the best choice for the future.

I feel power thefts could be remedied by shifting power line poles further away or have underground cables for areas rampant with power thefts. This way losses could be minimize and will help in the short and long term measure.

I believe in equal competition and the Energy Commission should invite investors – local or foreign – to become another power supplier. With competition, I believe TNB and SESB will perform better.

Indeed, to many people, PM’s visit was a waste of time and people’s money, even the water problem was not mentioned. This is not ‘People First’, this is ‘People Second’, and not ‘Action Now’ but ‘Acting Now’, this is a very sad moment for Sabah who are left behind very far and only given promises after promises. Precious times had been wasted all these years to put things into the right direction.


PR or work pass dispute September 6, 2009

Posted by wong jimmy in PR/Workpass.
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Permanent Residency or work pass for West Malaysian and Sarawakian in Sabah The PR or work passes for West Malaysian and Sarawakian to work and stay in Sabah, has been a highly disputed matter recently in the papers by the politician. Sabah DAP has been contacted by the press to give comment on the matter, Dr. Hiew King Cheu the state chairman and Jimmy Wong Tse Phin the vice chairman, have shared the view that there is some differences between the PR and the work permit.

The two can not be mixed together, and it is not to be taken as one entity. Some people may be allowed to stay permanently, but not necessary they are working, some are working and wish to stay here permanently, and some are working here without the intention to stay for long. These can be divided into the following groups:-

(1) temporary stay with work permits,

(2) settled down with local wife or husband with children and grand children,

(3) working and staying here for over a long number of years,

(4) owner of businesses and properties,

(5) foreign expatriate or second home seekers,

(6) people with ground of good services and conduct records.

The granting of PR and work permits is entirely the jurisdiction and power of the Sabah state government under its Chief Minister department and the Immigration department. The Immigration power is under the state government, and is stipulated under the Malaysia Agreement – 20 Points.

To many Sabahan, they may not agree to allow the West Malaysian and Sarawakian to come into Sabah to live and work here. That is why in the first place Sabah Immigration Act provided that Malaysian from outside Sabah must go through the process of applying for entry permit, work permit and later PR status in Sabah.

This is still a step set down to control the influx of outsiders into the state, and to protect the rights of the locals in Sabah. This has become totally different, because the number of people from outside the state will be more than the locals now, especially the Pilipino and the Indonesian who had become Sabahan through various means. Some Pilipino and Indonesian are holders with PR and work permits. It is very easy for them to obtain PR and even Mycard. Some without any identity and document are being given “green cards” by the BN government to register them, and they are eligible to live and work here in Sabah happily and legally. Their numbers are alarmingly on the increase, will the BN government continue to give them the priority on the Mycard, PR and green card? What is happening and what is the BN government doing to the thousands of West Malaysian and Sarawakian who came and worked their life for more than 30 years with a family here and contributing to the economy and development of Sabah?

It is very unfair for the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib to talk so much about 1-Malaysia, and that he will remain talking about his slogan and no action done. We want to see something to be done to stop and clear away the illegal foreigners from obtaining Sabah PR status and identity.