" (Sandakan, 21 June 2009) State Minister for Industrial Development Datuk Raymond SK Tan said, very surely, that no coal power plant will be built in Sandakan, therefore the people of Sandakan, including the Chinese Chambers of Commerce, should not worry about this matter anymore.
Tan, who is also the State Assemblyman for Tanjung Papat, said this when being interviewed after attending the "National Unity Week" opening ceremony.
The Minister pointed out that he knew that the people of Sandakan are very concerned about this matter, but now, he can very certainly say that: No coal power plant will be built in Sandakan, so the people of Sandakan can eliminate their worries in this regard.
He emphasised: The Chief Minister and me have repeatedly stressed that [we] will not do anything which the Sandakan people do not wish for, or any action which will hurt the Sandakan people, and at the same time I have done everything I should do, so please be confident in us!
Datuk Tan expressed this when being inquired about the recent incident in the State Assembly where a Barisan Nasional Assemblyman attacked a certain Municipal Councilor for allegedly opposing the Government’s development projects such as the coal power plant.
The Minister stressed that even he himself do not agree to the building of the coal power plant in Sandakan, therefore he did not criticise or disapprove of the individuals and organisations who are anti-coal power plant, including the Chinese Chambers of Commerce. Also earlier, when he was the Deputy Chief Minister, he had already conveyed the wishes of the Sandakan people to the Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak when they met personally. At that time, he was attending the meeting as the representative of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman, and the meeting was called by Tenaga Nasional Berhad to discuss whether to build the coal power plant. During that meeting, he already very clearly expressed his own wishes and the wishes of the Sandakan people. And the Prime Minister himself at that time also felt that it was very unsuitable to build this coal power plant in Sandakan.
The Minister emphasised that the setting up of a coal power plant requires approval from the State Goverment, but the relevant parties still have not obtained this approval until today, therefore he hopes that the people of Sandakan and the relevant organisations do not ‘fan’/'exploit’ this issue anymore.
The Minister also said that even though the Chinese Chambers of Commerce is very concerned about the coal power plant issue, but I can already confirm that it will not be built in Sandakan, and therefore there should not be any more ‘fanning’/'exploiting’ of this issue. "
Above article translated from Berita Harian Merdeka , see below for full text :
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