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KOTA KINABALU (10th October 2010): Encouraged by public support for its efforts to push for clean energy, Green SURF (Sabah Unite to Re-Power the Future) today held beach clean ups in Tanjung Aru near here, and at Kampung Sinakut, Lahad Datu.

The activity at Kampung Sinakut was particularly significant as it is the site for a proposed 300 megawatt coal-fired power plant. Over 50 villagers joined Green SURF members from Lahad Datu to pick trash from the beach, which forms part of the Coral Triangle.

In Tanjung Aru, volunteers including students, turned up just before the event started at 10.10am, walking the length of the beach to collect plastic wrappers, bottles and a variety of other trash including shoes and food containers.

Several tourists were also seen joining in the clean up. They were given biodegradable plastic bags to carry out the task.

The events in Sabah were part of over 7,000 Global Work Parties held on Oct 10 to push for a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions as concerns grow over the impact of climate change on livelihoods.

The two locations were chosen to highlight how rising sea levels resulting from climate change could have an impact on coastal areas in Sabah, and that no one is spared from environmentally unsustainable development.

Green SURF registered its Borneo-Global Work Party: Coast2Coast with 350.org, an international grassroots campaign aimed at mobilizing people to bring carbon dioxide emissions back down to and below the scientifically-determined safe level of 350 parts per million (ppm), from the current 390ppm level.

After collecting trash, Green SURF members worked alongside those who turned up to spell out “350” on the beach.

Green SURF is made up of Land Empowerment Animals People (LEAP), WWF Malaysia, Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA), Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Sabah branch and Partners of Community Organisations (PACOS).

The five NGOs came together after the Federal Government announced the construction of a coal plant at Kampung Sinakut, at the shores of the Coral Triangle.

In mid August, the federal Department of Environment rejected the Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed project.

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Press Release

Public Invited to Beach Clean Up in KK, Lahad Datu

KOTA KINABALU (7th October 2010): The public is invited to clean up two beaches in Sabah this Sunday as part of a global event to stop climate change.

The clean up activities will be carried out at Tanjung Aru’s first beach near here, and at Kampung Sinakut about 100 kilometres from Lahad Datu, from 9.30am.

The Sabah event to raise awareness on issues such as renewable energy, joins over 6,000 Global Work Parties that will be carried out worldwide on Oct 10 to push for a cut in carbon dioxide emissions.

Green SURF (Sabah Unite to Re-Power the Future) registered the local event with 350.org, an international grassroots campaign aimed at mobilizing people to bring carbon dioxide emissions back down to and below the scientifically-determined safe level of 350 parts per million (ppm), from the current 390ppm level.

Green SURF’s Ms. Cynthia Ong said the coalition is hopeful of attracting a good crowd to both locations, which are vulnerable to rising sea levels resulting from climate change.

“We have seen a lot of support from locals who want Sabah to go for clean energy in solving its power shortage problem.

“This global event on our shores is a good way for the public to learn more about climate change, which is an issue that is not isolated to some parts of the world. It has an impact on all of us,” Ong said in a statement issued today.

She said Green SURF members will work with those who show up to create the number “350” using collected trash.

Green SURF comprises Land Empowerment Animals People (LEAP) of which Ong is Executive Director, WWF Malaysia, Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA), Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Sabah branch and Partners of Community Organisations (PACOS).

The five NGOs came together a year ago after the Federal Government announced the construction of a coal plant at Kampung Sinakut, at the shores of the Coral Triangle.

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Press Release

KOTA KINABALU (3rd October 2010): A Sabah event to raise awareness on climate change and renewable energy joins over 5,200 Global Work Parties that will be carried out worldwide on Oct 10 to push for a cut in carbon dioxide emissions.

Green SURF (Sabah Unite to Re-Power the Future), which has seen growing support from individuals who want clean energy, is holding events at the Tanjung Aru beach here and in Kampung Sinakut, Lahad Datu, ground zero for a proposed 300 megawatt coal-fired power plant.

The coalition of non-governmental organisations registered its Borneo-Global Work Party: Coast2Coast with 350.org, an international grassroots campaign aimed at mobilizing people to bring carbon dioxide emissions back down to and below the scientifically-determined safe level of 350 parts per million (ppm), from the current 390ppm level.

Green SURF’s Ms. Cynthia Ong said that being part of the worldwide network with more than 5,200 events in 175 countries is significant for Sabah, combining local efforts and coming together globally to fight dirty energy and promote clean energy.

“We are changing the energy conversation and we are excited to be part of a global climate change movement with 350.org,” Ong said in a statement issued by Green SURF today.

Green SURF members will work alongside the people of Kota Kinabalu and Kampung Sinakut to collect trash at both locations and spell out “350” on the beach. A local recycling plant will take the trash when the event ends.

Ong said the two beaches were chosen as venues to highlight their vulnerability to rising sea levels resulting from climate change.

She said the event that starts at 10.10am is also a platform to celebrate the first anniversary of the founding of Green SURF which has in a short span strengthened the civil society movement to address energy and related environmental and social justice issues.

“Our initial focus was on mobilizing around the coal-fired power plant issue in the east coast of Sabah and advocating for clean energy options. Within a year, we held numerous events, produced a clean energy options for Sabah report and built both local and global movements to support our campaign.

“The civil society voice is crucial for accountability and we want and need to be an integral part of the conversation; a civil society taking ownership and responsibility is a sign of an evolving society. We intend to stay, we intend to engage and we intend to influence,” she said.

Green SURF is made up of Land Empowerment Animals People (LEAP) of which Ong is Executive Director, WWF Malaysia, Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA), Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Sabah branch and Partners of Community Organisations (PACOS).

The five NGOs came together after the Federal Government announced the construction of a coal plant at Kampung Sinakut, at the shores of the Coral Triangle.

In mid August, the federal Department of Environment rejected the Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed project.

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GREEN SURF TAKES ‘ACTION COMMITTEE’ TO TASK

KOTA KINABALU (28th August 2010): Having received strong support from locals asking the Government to scrap the proposed coal-fired power plant, Green SURF (Sabah Unite to Re-Power the Future) is taking the People’s Assembly Action Committee which surfaced recently, to task.

The coalition of non-governmental organisations wants the Committee to give details on a claim by its chairman, A. Nagaraju that people in Sabah’s east coast want the project to proceed.

Green SURF’s Wong Tack, who is also Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA) president, said Nagaraju should answer who exactly he was referring to.

“The people have been saying no to this project from the first site in Silam, Lahad Datu and eventually the State Government said no to this location due to health and environmental considerations. When it was proposed for Sandakan, people there protested.

“We formed Green SURF last year when Sinakut was proposed as the third site. We have seen support for the coalition grow from day to day, and even individuals have come in to help us.

“We would like to ask Nagaraju who the majority of people in Sabah’s east coast who want this project are,” Wong said in a statement today.

He was reacting to a media report in which Nagaraju claimed the people of the east coast want the project to proceed in order to spur economic development.

Wong also pointed out that caps and t-shirts were given out for free to lure the public to a pro-coal rally organised by the Action Committee in Lahad Datu on Aug 21 in order to draw support.

The Federal Department of Environment (DOE) had in mid August rejected the Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA) that was submitted by Lahad Datu Energy for the 300 megawatt plant at the shores of the globally important Sulu Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion (SSME).

Green SURF had received close to 500 copies of letters from the public addressed to the DOE questioning the DEIA and calling on the Government to reject the project.

Wong added that a poll conducted among members of the Lahad Datu Chinese Chamber of Commerce showed that 86.2 per cent objected to the proposed plant.

He added that the project has now been rejected three times, and that any appeal for it to proceed is an insult to the people and the democratic process.

Wong said even State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun was quoted as saying he hoped any decision by the project proponent to re-submit a DEIA is “dictated by conscience and public opinion.”

“This whole issue has angered the people of Sabah. We wonder why this Action Committee is so eager to see the continuation of this project when we should be focusing our attention on finding alternatives to solve the power shortage problem,” he said.

Apart from SEPA, other members of Green SURF are Land Empowerment Animals People (LEAP), WWF-Malaysia, Malaysian Nature Society (Sabah branch) and Partners of Community Organisations (Pacos).

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Dear Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, I write to you as a deeply concerned and saddened citizen of Malaysia.

Kepada Najib Tun Razak, Perdana Menteri Malaysia, sebagai seorang warganegara Malaysia yang amat perihatin dan sedih, saya menulis surat peribadi ini.

For most of the 45 years of my life, I have been proud to be Malaysian.  Recently, I have become heartbroken to be Malaysian.

Selama 45 tahun, saya amat berbangga hidup sebagai rakyat Malaysia. Namun, sejak kebelakangan ini, hati saya terluka menjadi warga Malaysia.

I am profoundly grateful to write this with the support of both my local communities in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo and California, USA, and a larger world community.

Dengan sokongan daripada penduduk dan masyarakat tempatan saya di Sabah, Malaysia Borneo dan di California, Amerika Syarikat dan masyarakat antarabangsa, dengan rasa besar hati saya menulis surat ini.

That said, I take full ownership of and sole responsibility for the views articulated in this letter; I express them from my stand as a mother, an earth citizen and a leader.

Saya sebagai penulis surat ini bertanggungjawab atas segala apa yang ditulis dalam surat ini ingin menyampaikan perasaan mereka dari sudut pandangan saya sebagai seorang ibu, warga bumi dan pemimpin.

I founded and lead a public charity and non profit organisation both in Malaysia and in the US, to bridge between worlds and build partnerships for ecological conservation.

Saya telah menubuhkan dan mengendali satu badan kebajikan bukan kerajaan di Malaysia dan Amerika Syarikat untuk menghubung dan membina kerjasama di antara dua negara dalam kegiatan penjagaan alam sekitar.

I have been at the front lines of the founding and mobilisation of Green SURF (Sabah Unite to RePower the Future), the civil society movement opposing the construction of the 300 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Lahad Datu, Sabah, on the edge of the Coral Triangle, one of three of the world’s most bio-diverse ecosystems. You know.

Saya juga telah berada di barisan hadapan dalam penubuhkan dan pengerakkan gabungan GreenSURF (Sabah Unite to RePower the Future) yang merupakan satu pengerakan awam masyarakat bagi membantah pembinaan ke atas loji penjanaan kuasa arang batu yang terletak di pinggir Segi Tiga Batu Arang di kawasan Lahad Datu yang merupakan satu daripada tiga kawasan yang paling padat dengan kehidupan laut di dunia.

You signed the 6-nation declaration between Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Solomon Islands to collectively protect this 1.6 billion acres of ocean. You also know of course of your pledge at Copenhagen to reduce carbon emission intensity by up to 40 per cent by 2020.

Datuk Seri telah menandatangani perjanjian untuk menjaga dan melindungi kawasan lautan yang seluas 1.6 billion ekar dengan 6 buah negara iaitu Malaysia, Indonesia, Filipina, Paupa New Guinea, Timor Timor dan Pulau Solomon dan juga berjanji untuk mengurangkan pembuangan karbon sebanyak 40 peratus sebelum tahun 2020.

You likely also know that the plant will displace fishing communities who have been there for a long time — irreparably contaminating their livelihoods forever. And if you listened, you would also know that they do not want the “development” that your government is imposing on them.

Datuk Seri sememangnya tahu bahawa loji ini akan meracuni mata pencarian dan menyebabkan perpindahan masyarakat tempatan nelayan yang tinggal dan hidup di kawasan tersebut selama ini dan jika Datuk Seri mendengar dengan teliti, mereka sebenarnya menolak akan jenis pembangunan yang dicadangkan oleh kerajaan pimpinan Datuk Seri.

One of the priorities of Green SURF was to study clean energy alternatives to the coal-plant, and propose them to the government.

Keutamaan dalam gabungan GreenSURF adalah untuk mengkaji dan mencari jalan penyelesaian lain kepada pembinaan loji penjanakuasa batu arang dan mencadangkan ia kepada kerajaan.

We collectively invested tremendous time and resources to identify and commission the expertise of Professor Daniel Kammen at Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory of University of California, Berkeley to conduct the Clean Energy Options for Sabah report. We had no notion of the outcome of the study, and results showed that Sabah is in an exceptional position to shift towards clean energy due to the availability of natural resources.

Gabungan ini telah melaburkan banyak masa dan wang bagi mengenalpasti dan telah melantik Daniel Kammen dari Makmal Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory seorang pakar dari Universiti California, Berkeley untuk melakukan satu kertas kerja mengenai Pilihan Sumber Tenaga yang Bersih untuk Sabah. Kami tidak menentukan apakah jenis sumber penjana yang sesuai tetapi keputusan dan kesimpulan dari kertas kerja menyokong penggunaan penjanaan tenaga dari sumber yang bersih kerana sumber bekalan banyak terdapat di kawasan ini.

We are in fact in an opportune position to lead the nation and the region in clean energy — the kind of leadership the world so urgently needs now.

Negara kita sebenarnya berada di posisi yang bagus untuk menjadi peneroka pertama dalam penggunaan sumber tenaga bersih di gagasan ini di mana kepimpinan ini amat diperlukan dan dinantikan oleh masyarakat di seluruh dunia.

I wonder if you know that Sabah is the last coal power-free frontier of Borneo. FYI, the 5 core NGOs in Green SURF are amongst the largest, oldest and most recognized conservation groups in Sabah and Malaysia — collectively responsible for most of the conservation work in the nation, with partnerships that span the world.

Adakah Datuk Seri tahu bahawa Sabah adalah negeri yang terakhir bebas dari loji penjanakuasa arang batu di pulau borneo? Untuk pengetahuan Datuk Seri, gabungan GreenSURF terdiri daripada 5 badan bukan kerajaan perlindungan alam sekitar Malaysia yang telah lama bergiatan dalam aktiviti kerjasama antarabangsa dan telah mendapat pengiktirafan dari seluruh dunia.

We have tried every avenue available to communicate to you the results of our findings and to engage in discussion about the future of energy for Sabah.  After months of unsuccessful attempts to meet with you, I can only conclude that you do not want to meet with us.

Kami telah mencuba pelbagai cara yang ada untuk menyampaikan kepada Datuk Seri hasil kajian ini supaya dapat membincangan pelan sumber tenaga sabah di masa akan datang. Setelah beberapa bulan mencuba dan gagal, kami berpendapat bahawa Datuk Seri tidak berniat untuk membuat perjumpaan ini.

This confuses and disturbs me. Your words in public are about listening to the rakyat (people) and hearing their views. A sizeable portion of the rakyat of Sabah has been doing everything within their power to be heard by you. To no avail.

Kesukaran ini amat mengelirukan dan menganggu saya kerana Datuk Seri telah berucap tentang kesediaan untuk mendengar isi hati dan kehendak rakyat. Sebahagian besar masyarakat dari negeri Sabah telah melakukan segala daya dan kuasa untuk mendapat perhatian dari Datuk Seri tetapi masih mengalami kegagalan.

We have given you the benefit of the doubt that word is not getting to you, and yet we have met with those around you who promised they would convey our message to you. Many months, memos, reports, letters, faxes, emails and phone calls later, and we have not received a single response from you or any member of your administration.

Kami tidak yakin akan alasan bahawa mesej ini tidak dapat diterima oleh Datuk Seri, kerana telah berjumpa dengan setengah pihak yang berjanji untuk menyampaikan mesej ini kepada Datuk Seri. Beberapa bulan belalu, beberapa memo, kertas kerja, faksi, email dan panggilan telefon, kami tidak menerima apa apa balasan dari Datuk Seri atau kakitangan dalam pentadbiran.

We also did our best at state level government, and have huge support from within the government but ultimately the message is that this is untouchable because “ini Najib mau” (Najib wants this).

Kami juga telah berkerja keras dengan kerajaan negeri dan telah mendapat sokongan padu dari kerajaan negeri tetapi akhirnya diberitahu bahawa mereka tidak dapat berbuat apa apa kerana ia dikatakan “ini Najib mahu”.

Sir, my most consistent experience of your administration is stone walls, arrogance and insincerity. I am shocked by the behavior of the leadership of my nation.  I find it patronising, archaic, oppressive, blatantly and self-righteously elitist and top-down.

Pengalaman saya dengan pihak kerajaan telah menemui jalan buntu. Saya berpendapat, kesombongan dan ketidak tulusan dari pihak Datuk Seri adalah amat menindas.

I do not experience your administration as democratic, transparent, open, accountable or responsible. There is a deep incongruence between what you are projecting externally and what we have experienced internally.

Saya tidak dapat merasai bahawa  kerajaan Datuk Seri sebagai demokratik, telus, terbuka, dan bertanggungjawab. Terdapat perbezaan yang besar antara yang ditunjukkan oleh pihak kerajaan dengan apa yang dikatakan oleh Datuk Seri.

I can only surmise that you intentionally run your administration in this manner. Otherwise, it would mean that your leadership is incompetent and ineffective.

Saya dapat membuat kesimpulan bahawa segala ini adalah cara kepimpinan Datuk Seri untuk mentadbir negara ini. Jika tidak, ia menunjukkan bahawa kepimpinan Datuk Seri adalah tidak berfungsi dan berkesan.

I am angry, and I am not willing to accept systemic disempowerment of our people. I am writing this open letter as a last resort. Sabahans are speaking up because we are deeply troubled and scared about the fate of our ecological and cultural legacy, and what we will be able to hand down to our future generations.

Saya amat marah dan tidak dapat menerima cara kerajaan dalam usaha mengurangan kuasa rakyat secara sengaja. Surat terbuka ini adalah sebagai satu usaha terakhir saya. Rakyat Sabah telah bangkit kerana rasa terganggu dan risau akan keadaan alam sekitar dan kesinambungan budaya hidup penduduk tempatan kepada generasi yang akan datang.

Please show true leadership and listen. You and your administration have much to do to regain a modicum of respect amongst many Sabahans.

Tolong tunjukkan kepimpinan yang tulus dengan mendengar rintihan ini. Datuk Seri dan pihak kerajaan perlu mengandakan usaha untuk memulihkan rasa hormat dan sokongan dari rakyat sabah.

If 1 Malaysia is more than a PR campaign and is truly intended “to provide a free and open forum to discuss the things that matter deeply to us as a Nation”, please walk your talk.

Sekiranya 1Malaysia dikatakan bukan hanya satu propaganda kempen dan sebenarnya bertujuan untuk memberi peluang kepada rakyat Malaysia satu tempat untuk berdialog dan berbincang hal penting demi kepentingan  negara kita, diharap Datuk Seri ikhlas melaksanakannya.

Yours sincerely, for the children, Cynthia Clare Ong Gaik Suan.

Yang telus, untuk anak anak kita, Cynthia Clare Ong Gaik Suan.

c.c.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
United Nations General Assembly
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Human Rights Watch
Amnesty International
The Parliament of Malaysia
Suhakam – Human Rights Commission of Malaysia
Professor Daniel Kammen, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.
FaceBook, Twitter, blogs and websites
Local, national and international mainstream and alternative media
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Comments on Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA) for the 300MW Coal-Fired Power Plant in Sinakut, Lahad Datu, Sabah.

Komen tentang Kajian Terperinci Kesan Alam Sekitar bagi Loji Penjana Pembakaran Batu Arang 300 MV di Sinakut, Lahad Datu Sabah.

Key points for public comments:
Isu kepada komen umum.

1. One of the objectives for the DEIA is to improve on the environmental design of the project. However, the public or technical people are unable to assess the environmental design as it is not outlined/described and it is therefore difficult to know the efficiency of the plant. For instance, the DEIA does not specify the type of plant parts used. To assess the plant, we need to know types of parts used for the coal plant as the type used will determine efficiency of the plant in the waste generated.

Salah satu objektif bagi DEIA adalah memperbaiki perancangan alam sekitar bagi projek tersebut. Walaubagaimanapun, orang ramai dan pakar pakar gagal mengkaji perancangan alam sekitar tersebut disebabkan ia tidak diperincikan dan dijelaskan dan oleh itu amat sukar untuk melihat keberkesanannya. DEIA tidak menjelaskan jenis peralatan yang akan digunakan. Untuk meneliti loji tersebut, perlu diketahui jenis dan peralatan yang akan digunakan di loji penjana batu arang kerana ia akan memberi gambaran akan keberkesanan penjanaan loji tesebut dan sisa yang dihasilkan.

2. The potential mitigation measures mentioned in the DEIA are shallow and general. One of the objectives of the DEIA is to facilitate informed decision making. However, the DEIA report does not allow for this as there is a lack of basic design details, poor data on the marine environment, and assumptions of sufficiency based on no data are unacceptable at this level of review and assessment.

Kaedah pengawasan dan pengawalan yang dinyatakan dalam DEIA adalah lemah dan tidak terperinci. Salah satu tujuan kajian DEIA dijalankan adalah untuk memberi maklumat kepada pembuat keputusan. Walau bagaimanapun, tida dinyatakan laporan DEIA disebabkan kekurangan dalam pelan rangka, maklumat data mengenai kehidupan laut dan tanggapan bahawa kajian telah cukup dilaksanakan..

3. Compensatory mitigation for impact on marine environment, loss of income, health impact, greenhouse gases and others are completely overlooked.

Penyelesaian pampasan kesan akan alam sekitar, kehilangan sumber pendapatan, kesan kesihatan, gas rumah hijau dan lain lain yang diabaikan.

4. Earthquake risk: It is inaccurate to say that the site is safe from earthquake tremors. The whole Dent peninsula is within the 40-100 kilometre range of earthquake tremors generated onshore and offshore. In April 2008, an earthquake at the Celebes Sea caused tremors in the Tungku area, near the proposed site. This resulted in cracks on several buildings including SMK Tungku and Hospital Tungku. A New Sunday Times article on 20th May 2007 quoted Sabah Mineral and Geoscience Department director Alexander Yan as saying Sabah has experienced 78 quakes in the last century.

Risiko Gempa Bumi: Ia adalah salah menyatakan bahawa lokasi cadangan adalah bebas dari risiko gempa bumi. Seluruh Semenanjung Dent berada dalam jarak 40-100 km dari kawan aktif gempa bumi. Pada April 2008, gempa bumi di lautan Celebes Sea menyebabkan gegaran berlaku di daerah Tungku yang berdekatan dengan lokasi penjana elektrik arang batu.

5. Sampling done for the DEIA do not cover a wide enough range of sites to give a full understanding of the site and its surroundings. In short, sampling site chosen are not good enough to represent the area. In assessing the marine area, only two days were taken for sampling and why certain sites were chosen were not indicated. A habitat map showing sand, mud/silt, seagrass, rocks, corals and areas of high benthic diversity should have been done. Comparisons are made with far away locations and coral ecosystems instead of similar habitats. This is misleading.

Pengambilan sample oleh DEIA tidak merangkumi satu kawasan yang luas yang dapat memberikan satu gambaran yang luas mengenai kawasan tersebut. Secara ringkas, sampel yang diperolehi tidak memadai. Hanya dua hari diperuntukan dalam pengumpulan sampel dan terdapat ada sampel bagi kawasan yang penting.

6. There is no mention that Darvel Bay is home to resident and migratory marine animals like turtles, whale sharks, dolphins, dugongs and others.

Tidak disentuh akan Teluk Daevel adalah kawasan manusia dan haiwan laut seperti penyu, ikan yu, lumba-lumba, dugongs dan lain.

7. Fish species used in the report as indicators are not representative of species found at the site. The species list should have been modified to cover locally common, unique or commercially important species.

Spesis ikan yang tertulis dalam laporan pada hakikat tidak wujud di kawasan lokasi. Senarai hidupan laut perlu diubahsuai supaya ia merangkumi haiwan laut yang umum, unik dan banyak.

8. There will be a large impact on larvae fish according to the study, but that there will be no impact on adult fish. It is misleading for the DEIA to state that there is no impact on adult fish as larvae wont have a chance to grow. Marine zones like seagrass, mudflats and mangroves are spawning areas for fish and crustaceans. Impact on fish larvae will effect fish populations over a wider area.

Kajian menyatakan bahawa akan ada kesan kepada larva ikan tetapi tidak menyatakan akan kesan kepada ikan yang matang. DEIA telah membuat petunjuk yang salah apabila menyatakan tidak akan ada kesan kepada ikan matang di kawasan di mana ikan larva tidak mempunyai peluang untuk hidup. Kawasan laut yang mempunyai rumpai laut, dataran lumpur dan paya bakau adalah kawasan pembiakan kepada ikan dan udang.

9. In its list of mammal species, the report stated two mammals that are not present in Sabah. The two are wild pig (Sus scrofa) and Dusky langur (Semnopithecus obscurus). In its list of bird species, the White rumped shama is not present in Sabah.

Senarai haiwan mammal dalam laporan sememangnya tidak wujud di kawasan lokasi. Dua haiwan babi liar (Sus Scrofa) dan Dusky Lngor. Senarai burung liar seperti White Rumped Shama) tidak terdapat di kawasan lokasi.

10. There is a lack of assessment and interpretation of results on phytoplankton. The report calculates Boyd’s Biodiversity index for phytoplankton and shows it to have a value approaching that of pristine waters, but this is not indicated.

Terdapat kelemahan dalam membuat penilaian dan interpretasi tentang kehidupan plankton. Laporan memberikan index pengiraan Boyd’s bagi menunjukkan kepentingannya dalam laut tetapi tidak diterangkan dengan lebih teliti.

11. The socio-economic study is doubtful. It states that the community in Kampung Sinakut are squatters, which cannot be the case for a traditional village with a village headman. The DEIA also states that “Orang Sungai” are of Indonesian descent. This clearly shows ignorance on the part of those doing the study.

Kajian sosio-ekonomi adalah amat kurang yakin. Laporan menerangkan bahawa kebanyakan penduduk Kg Sinakut adalah penduduk haram dan tidak boleh dikira sebagai penduduk tradisional. Laporan DEIA juga menjelaskan bahawa “orang sungai” berasal dari kawasan Indonesia. Ini menunjukkan kejahilan dalam membuat kajian.

12. A baseline study shows that acid rain is already present at the site with a pH of 4.66. There is a need to further study why acid rain is happening in the area. It is also wrong to compare agriculture and forested Dent peninsula with Petaling Jaya which is industrialised and urbanized.

Kajian menunjukan akan kewujudan hujan asid pada PH 4.66. Oleh itu, kajian yang lebih terperinci adalah perlu untuk mengenal pasti punca dan sebab. Adalah salah dalam membuat pembandingan industri penanaman di hutan semenanjung Dent dengan kawasan industri seperti di Petaling Jaya.

13. Climate change as a major impact is not mentioned. The scope of the DEIA should include measures to minimise/mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from the proposed project.

Perubahan cuaca sebagai satu kesan utama tidak diterangkan. Laporan DEIA sepatutnya memastikan langkah pengawalan dan penyelesaian kepada masalah gas rumah hijau dari loji tersebut.

14. Despite repeated newspaper articles that mention clean coal technology will be used, there is no mention of it in the DEIA. This is a cause of grave concern.

Laporan DEIA tidak menerangkan teknologi bersih batu arang walaupun ia telah banyak kali dinyatakan di media cetak surat khabar. Ini menimbulkan rasa bimbang.

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To:
The Department of Environment, Malaysia.

Comments on the Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment for the 300 MW coal-fired power plant in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

Komen ke atas Laporan Terperinci Kesan Alam Sekitar bagi loji penjana batu arang 300 MV di Lahad Datu, Sabah.

Having read the DEIA report that was put up at some public places, I have a number of concerns on the overall project. There are glaring technical issues:-
• the existing physical environment has been wrongly represented by the consultants, thereby misleading the public;
• the full adverse impacts from the plant has not been discussed analytically,
• identification of species that do not exist in Sabah have been listed, and
• that potential mitigation measures are shallow and too general.

Setelah membaca laporan DEIA yang telah dipaparkan kepada tatapan umum, terdapat beberapa perkara yang perlu di ambil perhatian ke atas projek ini. Terdapat beberapa isu yang ketara
• terdapat perbezaan yang ketara berbanding yang tertulis di laporan dan yang sebenarnya di kawasan lapangan oleh pakar runding, oleh itu ia memberi gambaran yang palsu.
• Kesan penuh ke atas alam sekitar tidak dibincangankan secara terperinci.
• Jenis spesis haiwan yang tertulis dalam laporan sebenarnya tidak wujud di sabah, dan
• Kaedah pencegahan yang terlalu ringkas dan rambang.

This does not allow me to assess the real situation. In short, the whole study is faulty and should be dismissed.

Ini tidak memberikan gambaran kepada situasi sebenar. Secara ringkas, banyak kelemahan dalam perlu diselesaikan dalam penyelidikan ini.

I would like to single out some points which I feel are important to Sabah’s tourism industry and our potential as a seafood basket for the nation and region. The following are my comments:

Saya merasakan beberapa perkara yang perlu diambil perhatian seperti potensi industri pelancongan sabah dan potensi sumber perikanan di negara dan rantau ini.

1. There is no mention that Darvel Bay is home to resident and migratory marine
animals like turtles, whale sharks, dolphins, dugongs and others.

Terdapat haiwan laut seperti penyu, ikan yu, ikan lumba-lumba dan lain hidupan laut yang lain tidak disenaraikan sebagai hidupan di Teluk Darvel.

2. Fish species used in the report as indicators are not representative of species found at the site. The species list should have been modified to cover locally common, unique or commercially important species.

Spesis ikan yang disenaraikan dalam laporan sebagai rujukan kehidupan laut tidak wujud di kawasan yang dicadangkan. Senarai haiwan patut diubah supaya ia merangkumi kehidupan laut tempatan yang unik dan banyak.

3. There will be a large impact on larvae fish according to the study, but that there will be no impact on adult fish. It is misleading for the DEIA to state that there is no impact on adult fish as larvae wont have a chance to grow. Marine zones like seagrass, mudflats and mangroves are spawning areas for fish and crustaceans. Impact on fish larvae will effect fish populations over a wider area.

Kajian menyatakan bahawa akan ada kesan kepada larva ikan tetapi tidak menyatakan akan kesan kepada ikan yang matang. DEIA telah membuat petunjuk yang salah apabila menyatakan tidak akan ada kesan kepada ikan matang di kawasan di mana ikan larva tidak mempunyai peluang untuk hidup. Kawasan laut yang mempunyai rumpai laut, dataran lumpur dan paya bakau adalah kawasan pembiakan kepada ikan dan udang.

I am unimpressed with the way this study has been carried out, and I will continue to closely monitor the next step that the government takes on this plant.

Saya terkilan denagn cara kajian ini dilaksanakan dan akan memerhati dengan lebih dekat langkah dan pendekatan kerajaan tentang loji ini.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

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Related:
Time is running out…(EIA deadline this Friday)

Green SURF: Gas from Sabah a viable option to coal

KOTA KINABALU (19th July 2010): Use locally available natural gas and improve the efficiency of existing power plants as immediate steps to overcome electricity shortage in Sabah while keeping tariffs low.

Green SURF (Sabah Unite to Re-Power the Future) spokesman Wong Tack said it should not take the government more than two years to expand on gas powered plants and to also upgrade the East West grid if there are problems with the facility.

Reacting to the statement made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak that the cost of alternative energy is too high for consumers in Sabah, Wong said the nation’s leader has been misinformed on the fact that there are other sources of power to a proposed coal plant.

“We want to stress that we have natural gas which we should be using locally for our power needs.

“We are not only talking about renewable energy from biomass waste, which in any case, studies have shown to be a cost competitive option to coal,” he said in a statement.

The Prime Minister had on Sunday said that in the short term, there are not many alternatives to a coal plant for Sabah to get continuous and uninterrupted supply at a reasonable cost.

Green SURF is concerned that a dirty source of energy is being proposed for an area known as a seafood basket, leaking massive amounts of toxic discharge into a productive marine ecosystem, which is also a valuable environmental asset at the apex of the Coral Triangle.

Though it covers only one per cent of the earth’s surface, the Coral Triangle is home to over 30 per cent of the world’s coral reefs and slightly more than a third of the world’s coral reef fish species.

The controversial 300 megawatt proposed coal plant at Kampung Sinakut on the shores of the Dent peninsula, was cancelled twice at other locations due to local protests on the environment and health of the people.

Wong said even if the coal plant in Lahad Datu is eventually forced on Sabahans, it will not solve the current shortage as the first phase will only be ready in three years.

“The coal plant is not a solution if there is an urgency to improve power supply. We believe the Prime Minister was misinformed and the decision to build a coal plant was misguided.

“The government should be able too expand natural gas plants and upgrade the grid system before the next elections. By having power in place, the government wont risk losing power in the elections,” he said.

Wong said once more natural gas is used and inefficiencies are corrected, green alternative energy sources can come into the picture.

He said both international and local energy experts have come up with reports to show that Sabah stands to gain from venturing into the green economy.

“Green technologies create job opportunities. We have millions of tonnes in waste from oil palm. Foreigners are making pallets from oil palm waste here in Sabah and sending it back to their countries for clean energy,” he said.

Wong also expressed disappointment that Green SURF was once again unable to meet Najib despite months of efforts.

“We could not even get two minutes of his time when he was in Sabah over the weekend. This is not in line with the 1Malaysia concept which promises that the people come first. We just want an opportunity to tell him that there are viable alternatives to a coal plant,” he said.

Green SURF is a coalition of five non-governmental organisations – Sabah Environment Protection Association (SEPA), WWF-Malaysia, Land Empowerment Animals People (LEAP), Partners of Community Organisations (Pacos) and Malaysia Nature Society.

For further queries on this Press release, please contact Mr Wong Tack at 013-885 1232.

Related News:
Government Seeks Public Views Over Proposed Coal-Fired Plant In Lahad Datu

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