SEPA 'no' to Kubota project, 'yes' to geothermal power
TAWAU: The authority concerned has been urged to stop the Kubota power station project immediately.
Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA) said it will protect the rights of the residents of Taman Millenium, including taking legal action if the need arises.
SEPA president Wong Tack claimed the project is too close to the housing estate, and the association is very concerned about the well-being of the residents whose safety and health should not be unnecessarily uncompromised.
The residents should not face a similar situation as the resident of Lahad Datu when the purported coal-fired power plant project was proposed, he said.
"Many of the residents at Taman Milenium are medium class families. Today, why do they need to sacrifice themselves fir the Kubota Power Station project which is not specially created for them or Tawau residents only.
"In fact, the project acts as grid for East Coast areas," Wong told a press conference here yesterday.
According to him, the land where the project is located does not belong to Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) but acquired for electricity project which had been approved in 1999.
The land is being paid for by the people as taxpayers and should not be used for power generation project, he said.
Wong said the power plan project is a heavy industry and should never be placed near the residential area.
He said it seemed the sitting of the project is in violation on environmental laws under the Department of Environment (DOE).
This means that the DOE has violated its own laws for having approved the project, he asserted.
Touching on the Geothermal Power plant project at Aps Kiri here, Wong said he is in favour of the sustainable green project but still worried about whether the project could be completed successfully due to certain factors.
The project is being developed at a forest reserve and the government has granted a big allocation for the access road and water treatment plant.
So Wong hoped to see the sincerity of the government in completing the project without any obstruction in future in order to solve the electricity supply problem faced by Tawau residents since 20 years ago.
Commenting on the Yellow Bersih 4.0 assembly recently, Wong described it as successful where it created awareness on the present situation in the country among the people.
"I participated in the rally on that day and it was very joyful and full of hope. It seems like anew society and a new phenomenon in the country where everyone regardless of age, gender, race was gathering together without any violence.
Wong hoped such assembly could be held in the rural areas such as Tambunan, Bintulu, Alor Star instead of just having it in Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu.
Also present at the press conference was Tawau SEPA chief Gary Yap.
Source from: The Borneo Post
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