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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.



1. kent - November 22, 2009

Dear Mr Wong ,

tats the end result for voting BN , Sabahans till today are still asleep , fell into a very deep sleep , haven’t wake up from their dreamland yet , who else could we blame , except the locals themselves , as they had voted for BN almost half a century……..

they vote BN , means they want to continue to enjoy black out , continue to enjoy water shortage , enjoy the haze from indonesia , enjoy the pollution from tis power coal project…….

sigh………..wat else can we say……….

2. sputjam - November 23, 2009

Dear Jimmy,
wind turbine cost much more than coal powered plants for equivalent energy generated in contruction cost. We are talking about in several multiple times in financial terms, although the cost of generating electricity could be free. The ideal solution should be hydro, but that would mean losing carbon absorbing trees.
For rural sabah/sarawak, a friend of mine tried to sell solar/wind turbine combination, but the federal minister for rural development ( a sabahan) has no time to meet him.
Meanwhile, there is a plan to build a gas power plant in Kimanis. I think, in the long run, these power plants will benefit the poor sabahan, as the state has a huge number of unemployed and very low labour rates. If there is sufficient power, I am sure there will be numereous investors queing up to invest in some labour intensive industries, especially oil and gas fabrication and others.
Big problem in sabah is electricity theft. It seems that every household is doing it. Until this problem is solved, come next time when there is a need for another power plant, many will be reluctant to invest.

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