Wednesday, April 2, 2008


Lahad Datu power plant may be cancelled: Musa
Govt will re-look into project due to complaints


The Lahad Datu coal-fired power plant project may be cancelled due to persisting objections from various parties concerned over possible negative environmental impacts. Following numerous complaints and requests for the project to be stopped, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said he would re-look into the project’s approval and reconsider whether the State Government should continue with “I will visit the power plant and see whether we need to advise the developer to continue with the project or not,” he said to reporters yesterday. He added the Government would re-study the whole project and further scrutinize all aspects before making any decision. On the suggestion by Sepanggar Member of Parliament Eric Majimbun to revive the Special Affairs Ministry at Federal level which was set up when Sabah and Sarawak joined Malaysia, Musa said the proposal would be looked into. The same goes to the call to scrap the quota system for nominations to contest party positions in the Umno election in December. Musa said the matter would be discussed and decided by the Umno Supreme Council, the Party’s highest decision-making body. “Being a democratic Party, Umno will provide the opportunity and avenue to members to express their views on the proposal. “After hearing members’ opinions, the Supreme Council will deliberate on the matter thoroughly before making a decision,” said Musa, who is also a Supreme Council member.