Chin told to resign over statement on coal plant
Published on: Sunday, January 23, 2011
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Sandakan: Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Peter Chin Fa Kui has been urged to resign in light of his statement that the Federal Government will hold talks with the Sabah State Government again to discuss the proposed coal-fired power plant in Lahad Datu.Sandakan Anti-coal-fired Power Plant Action Committee Chairman, Stephen Wong Tain Fatt, expressed disappointment with Chin who was also reported as saying that coal is the only solution to address power shortage in the East Coast of Sabah.

Chin also insisted that the 300Mw coal-fired power plant be built in East Coast.

The proposed site was in Felda Sahabat in Lahad Datu.

Wong said Chin was persistent in pursuing the coal-fired plant, which has become controversial following strong objection from the people.

Furthermore, he said the Department of Environment had rejected the plant's Environment Impact Assessment (EIA).

He cited the Mamut Copper Mine in Ranau where a substantial amount of money had been used to rectify the problems, including the contamination of the river in the vicinity, not to mention the health risk posed to the villagers after it ceased operating for 11 years.


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