For the past few years, Sabahan activists have been battling the government’s proposed 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant on the east coast of the state, one of the most pristine marine environments in Malaysia. The proposed site for the power plant has been moved several times, from Silam to Sandakan and now to Lahad Datu.

We speak with environmental activist Wong Tack for some clarity about this long-running saga, as well as the very real possibilities of alternative, clean and renewable energy sources for the state. We also ask him about the Malaysian government’s proposal to operate a nuclear power plant by 2021.

Wong Tack is the president of the Sabah Environmental Protection Association, which is part of the larger Green SURF coalition.