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2nd hand Generators for Tawau again March 6, 2012

Posted by wong jimmy in electricity.
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The Sabah government must insist on new generators instead of second-hand generators that will be installed at Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) site near Taman Millennium East by TNB.
      SESB is in the process of preparing the site to place two 32 megawatt generators at the site, but the problem is that the two generators that will be provided are second-hands from Langkawi.
     Again, why are used generators being sent to Tawau. We object to anything that is not new. The government under the Super Corridor must insist on brand new generators. We don’t want a super second-hand corridor.
    Tawau should get new generators as the people are paying taxes and those in oil palm plantation sector are paying three taxes compared to their counterpart in the peninsular. Why should we be treated different? Why are being treated as second-class citizens?
    The Chief Minister should take note, as a leader he should not allow these second-hand generators. These generators will breakdown anytime.
    Sabahans should be enjoying news ones just like in peninsular who are getting everything new.
    I also would like to remind Foreign Minister Datuk Anifa Aman whose statement in the parliament that Malaysia has a big bungalow but Sabah stays in toilets. I hope he will continue to fight for equality.
    SESB must have long term plan and foresees things ahead in years to come and accepting second hand generator is not a wise solution. We don’t want to be a dump-site for 2nd hands things.

Gensets – old or new, it does matter March 17, 2010

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Second hand gensets? It does matter and I call on the Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) to be transparent over the second hand mobile electricity generators sets supplied to Tawau as the public are not happy with it. All the while, we thought the gensets would be brand new. After all the cause of frequent load shedding and blackouts were due to old gensets. So why is SESB allowing this to happen as SESB themselves had told the people many gensets are already old.

SESB’s Managing Director, Baharin Din had said the cause of shortage of power in Sabah were due to old gensets, so why is SESB getting used gensets again, it does not make any sense. The irony to it is that the people felt they were lied to by SESB who never told its customers the gensets were second hands, when on the other hand, SESB had assured new gensets would be supplied.

When it comes to electricity power generators, it does matter whether its is old or new, and I won’t be surprise if the coal-fired power plant if built would also be second hand.

SESB had failed to convince its customers time-after-time as evident with the failed grid system that promised there will be no more blackouts. I still remember reading Baharin’s statements in the newspaper, two years ago, he said with th egrid system complte, blackouts would be history, and what happened blackouts still continue. And now he is saying it is okay for second hand gensets as long as they functioning and provide electricity, but I like ask, how long could the gensets last, at what cost and is it economical?

I urged Baharin to publish a full details of the purchasing of the 32 generator sets as the public want to know whether they had not been cheated after they already had been lied too.

Electricity – take Sarawak offer – forget the coal-fired power plant March 2, 2010

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I call on the government to act fast and take the Sarawak’s offer of its excess electricity supply through the Lawas Hydro Power Station and save a lot of money from building the coal-fired power plant in Lahad Datu. There is no reason why the state government should not accept the offer. It is just a connection to Lawas which is near our border.

Even Brunei had already signed a deal to buy 300 megawatt in three stages from Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB). The government should act fast and get at least 200 megawatt by 2012 and not relying on old generators and from Independent Power Producer (IPP).

Forget about the coal-fired power plant in Lahad Datu. The government can save a lot of money by buying electricity from Sarawak. We can use the money meant to build the coal-fired power plant to upgrade our drinking water system and have more dams, resevoir and water processing plant built.

Now we can solve both water and electricity problem. So I call on the state government to act fast for the sake of the people and economy.

I also call on the public to save and conserve water as I had been infromed that the water level is getting very low at the Tawau River. Due to El-nino, the water situation is expected to get worst. If the water level at the river is too low, the water processing plant at Cintamata would not be able to pump in raw water and the level as I was informed is already low.