Environment and Livelihoods

OVERHAUL the transport system: How many times must the BN be told!

Posted on July 22, 2012. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

-Malaysia Chronicle–

Although the BN-led government has been in power for decades since Independence, there is a dire need by the governing authorities to formulate a comprehensive national Transport Master Plan with the aim of ensuring a sustainable environment.

Under the Government Transformation Plan (GTP), several agencies have been entrusted in creating a systematic public transport system in the country.

However, the National Key Results Area on Urban Public Transport, if read carefully, with input from all quarters, shows that the government has failed to address the common complaints facing the public transport system such as reliability, journey times, comfort, convenience, accessibility and connectivity.

Formation of policy planners

In the middle of 2010 the Land Public Transport Commission (LTC) was formed to become a single contact point for policy planning and regulatory oversight.

The LTC was established to resolve the problems of divisional jurisdiction and limitations on matters of land transport, as there are many agencies involved, each with its own complex and complicated vision and aspiration, in matters governing the public transport sector.

Prior to the setting up of the LTC, there were a whopping 15 (fifteen) agencies involved in the public transport sector, which was supposed to have been deliberately done so as to cause confusion and to create the opportunity to fuel corruption and abuses on a widespread scale from the time of the era of the Mahathir regime, as overlapping powers of authority were exercised by the governing authorities.

The fifteen government agencies involved were the Economic Planning Unit in the Prime Minister’s Department, Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board, Transport Ministry’s Land Division, Railways Department, Road Transport Department, Road Safety Department, Malaysian Institute of Road Safety, the Housing and Local Government Ministry’s Urban and Rural Planning Department, the Energy, Technology and Water Ministry, the Department of Environment, the Works Ministry, the Tourism Commissioner, the Royal Malaysian Police, the Federal Territories and Urban Well-Being Ministry as well as state governments and local authority.

It is precisely the unnecessarily complex and complicated structure put in place by the BN government of overseeing the inland transport system in the country that is responsible for a grossly inefficient and badly managed public transport system which has caused many Malaysians to opt for private transport thus contributing further to traffic gridlock.

LTC deemed ineffective

It is necessary for the LTC, a statutory body set up by the Land Public Transport Commission Act 2010, to draw up a comprehensive, one-stop Transport Master Plan as it draws up policies and gets involved in the planning, regulation and enforcement of laws, rules and regulations involving public land transport.

The powers of the LTC are stated in the Public Land Transport Act 2010 which was also passed by Parliament about the same time as the Land Public Transport Act.

However, the commission so far has been ineffective to establish a public transport system that is reliable, efficient, user-friendly, safe and especially that which is sustainable to the environment.

Perhaps the commission still needs time to get onto the right bandwidth. But the rising problems associated with transport woes especially in the Klang Valley is beginning to take its toll on public transport users and commuters are beginning to voice their complains in growing numbers.

The LTC needs to act fast and get its act together quickly to prevent a transport crisis from looming in the country.

Any further delay in providing a better and more comprehensive transport system for Malaysians may witness the collapse or breakdown of the burgeoning transport sector which is rife with gross inadequacies at present.

What transport experts say

Transport experts say what is needed to be undertaken by the LTC is to draw up a comprehensive Transport Master Plan to look into the overall aspects of the transport system in the country.

It is from there that the LTC should be able to formulate an effective strategy putting into place policies to be implemented to ensure the sustainability of the environment vis-à-vis the transport needs of Malaysians.

The drawing up of this Transport Master Plan must take into consideration future aspects of growth and envisage changes in the landscape of the country.

It must be pliable enough to take into account these factors, and along the way, accordingly update and review and formulate strategies to ensure a sustainable environment is in place to cater to the transportation needs of Malaysians.

Experts state that it is evident that Malaysian transport planners engaged by the BN government lack a clear vision of a congestion-free city in Malaysia which the LTC also seems to be clueless of at present.

Emulate successful transport models

They state that Singapore, despite the limited space of the island-state, is able to maintain free flowing traffic at all times of the day or night and enjoy a relativity higher quality of air and there are less pollutants being discharged by the operation of the different modes of their transport system

Singapore’s model of transport may not be wholly suitable to be emulated by Malaysia, but various aspects and measures of its transport system can be adopted by Malaysia, along with studies of the transport models in Japan and Western Europe as they appear to be successful in lowering their carbon emission from public and private transport vehicles to a large extent.

In the final analysis by transport experts in the country, it is argued by them that only a concerted effort and a cooperative approach by all parties in Malaysia will ensure that the country has a transport system that is efficient, comfortable and that which is also sustainable for the environment.

Malaysia Chronicle

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Green Technology: Accelerating a sustainable transportation system

Posted on July 17, 2012. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

-New Straits Times-

Transportation, public or private, is a topic of much discussion in Malaysia. There is constant talk about the increasing numbers of vehicles on the road, and the subsequent pollution they create. Creating a well-connected capital city and improving connections across the country is one solution to this problem. Another is green transportation.

“Green transportation is extremely important to Malaysia’s economy,” says Ahmad Zairin Ismail, acting CEO of the Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (known as GreenTech Malaysia). “The transportation sector is the second biggest emitter of carbon dioxide after the energy sector. The transportation sector is also closely linked to the fuel subsidy. Improvements in fuel efficiency will lead to reducing the economic burden of the fuel subsidy.”

A sustainable solution: While the government has a constant finger on improving the public transportation system, carbon emissions and climate change are issues too big to be ignored even for a moment.

Using green alternatives to fix the current problems in the system ensures that the solutions are long-term, says          Ahmad. Making these solutions long-term includes public awareness and education, and changing mindsets.

“There are various parties that are constantly looking to improve the public transportation system by increasing efficiency not just in terms of convenience to the users but also in terms of energy consumption,” says Ahmad. “The public bus system has recently been looking into more advanced technologies and concepts. A more green-conscious society can be achieved through the application of green technologies to public transportation. It provides the visibility and proof that there are alternatives out there.”

The best example to illustrate both the viability and convenience of introducing green technology to the public transportation system is that of electric busses. Unlike the conventional diesel bus, it does not contribute directly to the carbon emission total and as a bonus there is also a reduction in noise pollution.

There is no doubt that green transportation can reduce the overall consumption of petroleum and diesel in the country. Electric vehicles also provide an avenue for diversifying sources of energy. Electricity does not have to be generated just through conventional means such as coal, gas and distillates. With increased use of green transportation, more opportunities for renewable sources of electricity such as solar and biomass will open up.

A roadmap for the future: To champion the push towards the use of non-emission vehicles to replace the internal combustion engine, the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water has appointed GreenTech Malaysia to coordinate the development of the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Roadmap.

This EV Roadmap basically outlines the strategies and action plans for infrastructure, required resources, policy and regulation for electric vehicles in Malaysia.

“The EV Roadmap has set a target of 10 per cent electric vehicles for Malaysia by 2020, which is about 100,000 electric vehicles in the country,” says Ahmad. “This is a great opportunity for Malaysia to push forward in the industry and claim a leadership role.”

In developing the EV Roadmap, GreenTech Malaysia consulted with various industry players who have experience in the industry, and best practices from developed nations with more mature electric vehicle policies were studies for comparison.

Malaysia has the advantage of its own car manufacturer, as well as vibrant automotive, electronics and ICT industries, all of which are the key building blocks for the infant electric vehicle industry, elaborates Ahmad. It is important to capitalise on these strengths.

Implementation: The EV Roadmap has been divided into four phases of implementation; Phase 1, the Checklist and Recommendations for Quick Wins, was completed in August last year. Phase 2, which is being carried out now, comprises pilot demonstration projects with Proton, Nissan and Mitsubishi.

Phase 3, slated for next year, will see the completion of the detailed roadmap, and Phase 4 will see the Roadmap’s action plans executed with the goal of achieving the 10 per cent electric vehicle target.

Regulatory framework that will allow electric cars to be driven on Malaysian roads is already in place. Currently, as pilot tests on electric busses are already being carried out, the regulatory framework to enable these public transportation vehicles to operate in Malaysian is being developed.

“One of the most important factors that will enable smooth implementation is putting in place proper infrastructure, especially for charging electric vehicles,” says Ahmad. “The charging infrastructure is foreseen to be a mix of normal chargers, fast chargers, and battery swapping, situated at public locations, homes, office buildings and commercial centres.”

Though studies in other countries have indicated that the utilisation of public charging infrastructure low, it is still necessary to develop a highly visible charging infrastructure so as to alleviate the fear of range anxiety in potential electric vehicle users, he reveals.

There will, of course, be a requirement for this infrastructure to meet certain quality standards. A Standards Working Group focusing on electric vehicle charging has already been set up, and several internationally accepted standards are being reviewed for adoption.

The standards will be based on relevant IEC standards, reveals Ahmad. They will be implemented and enforced by local authorities or municipalities as well as relevant commissions. The IEC – International Electrotechnical Commissions – is the standards organisation for all areas of electrotechnology.

Opening doors: All these plans need human capital to see them through. The EV Roadmap is certainly affording great opportunities to several local universities that actively support the industry.

Business opportunities are also rife in the green public transportation sector, from supplying the charging infrastructure hardware and providing charging services to developing new value added digital applications such as route planning, charging station booking, mapping solutions and more. The electric vehicle industry will inevitably spawn local spin-off industries such as motor and controller manufacturing, battery manufacturing, and battery storage energy solutions.

“Our economy is growing rapidly, and the government is continually supporting the growth of new businesses and incentives channelled through the Malaysian Investment Development Authority,” says Ahmad.

The transition into green transportation will not be a quick and easy one for Malaysia, especially taking into account the heavy fuel subsidy that the rakyat is used to; it seems that going green does not currently offer enough benefits for people to make the shift.

But as the fuel subsidy is phased out and the country slowly moves towards normalising the costs of energy, adopting green technology in all sectors will result in more monetary benefits, which will certainly turn the tide. The transition will then start to accelerate. It is only a matter of time before Malaysia’s economy completes its next cycle of evolution.

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Public transport gains support

Posted on June 12, 2012. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

-The Star-

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Improving Urban Public Transport National Key Results Area (NKRA) has shown encouraging results as there is now an increasing number of people choosing public transport as their preferred choice for commuting.

He said the number of people who travelled by bus rose to four million while over 10 million passengers have travelled along the Kelana Jaya Light Rail Transit (LRT) line in 2011.

He said the load factor for buses, Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) Komuter and LRTs are now more evenly distributed with more people riding the bus while the rail services are less crowded.

In a recent entry to his blog, Najib said customer satisfaction with public transport rose to 53%.

The Government has also taken great strides in improving the quality of public transport.

Even so, he said it is imperative for the Government to provide a solid and reliable public transport infrastructure to keep up with the country’s economic growth.

As such, he said the Government would add more bus lanes, six-car train sets for the KTM Komuter, upgrade the LRT and KTM Komuter stations, provide more parking bays and build a new integrated transport terminal (ITT) in Gombak this year.

Najib noted that issues pertaining to public transport were often brought up during his engagement with the public on social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook.

He said as urban public transport becomes more accessible and efficient, he hopes to see a decrease in the reliance on private vehicles for inter-city travel.

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No formal application yet from Kuokuang Petrochemical to invest in M’sia – Mustapa

Posted on June 11, 2012. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

(Bernama) — The International Trade and Industry Ministry has not received a formal application from Taiwan’s Kuokuang Petrochemical Technology Co to invest in Malaysia, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the decision for the company to invest in the country would be made by its board of directors and not the Taiwan Government eventhough the government has 43 per cent equity in the company through CPC Corporation.

“However, the board has allowed the company to conduct a feasibility study to build a petrochemical plant in Pengerang,” he said in his written reply to Hee Loy Sian (PKR-Petaling Jaya Selatan).

Hee wanted to know whether Kuokuang Petrochemical Technology Co had received approval from the Taiwan Government to invest in the RAPID project in Pengerang.

Mustapa said the proposed petrochemical project was still in the initial stage and the company was doing a study to determine the feasibility.

He said the company management had informed the ministry that the plant would be set up at another location if the feasibility study findings showed Pengerang was not a suitable location.

Mustapa said the company must conduct the environmental impact assessment study to gather the people’s feedback on the petrochemical plant before the project was approved by the Department of Environment.

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Pengerang residents: Ignored but unrelenting

Posted on May 29, 2012. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |


On 27 May, 2012, some 300 residents of Kampung Sungai Kapal braved the rain to protest against the impending  RAPID petrochemical project. The project, touted to be even bigger than Kertih, will begin in 2016.

The protest was organised by several NGOs such as the Johor Yellow Flame, Johor People’s Action Group and several political parties and they called themselves the Gabungan NGO Pengerang.

Perhimpunan Rampas banner.

A self-employed trader in fish products Wahid bin Maarof, expressed with vehemence that the government should not grab the land and burial grounds given to his ancesters since the days before Merdeka. He was unhappy that the authorities concerned continued to ignore a memorandum sent three times to the Prime Minister’s Department.

He is active as a committee member of Persatuan Anak Pengerang. He said that it was ironic that Haji Sulaiman whose land was given by Tun Razak, now has that same piece of land taken by his son. Many others are suffering the same fate.

Haji Sulaiman (right) was the first to have been informed that his land had been taken is here submitting his memorandum.

Wahid Yusun in crutches and friend Sapri listening to the speeches.

Postman of Pengerang, Hassan bin Yusum, when asked why his hands were trembling, said he had been on sick leave for two months yet he braved the rain because he did not want to see Kampung Sungai Kapal disappear. He has been delivering letters to this area for five years.

Hassan (in white carrying flag) joined the rally despite being unwell.

Captain Asnal too of Kampung Sungai Kapal, complained about the deteriorating standards of living. He used the proton car as an example saying the price of the car has shot up so much but the quality had gone down.

Capt Asnal (in green) complaining that he is “hati sakit” with what was going on in the country.

When Citizen Journalists Malaysia (CJMY) spoke to several NGO representatives, one of whom was the Assistant Chairman of Johor Yellow Flame Alan King said that on 2 June, several prominent photographers would shoot scenes of the area.

“Later, by mid June, 12 artists from the Singapore Water Colour Association including prominent local artists such as Tan Shu Qiay and Khoo Ai Choo would capture scenes of Pengerang before they are lost to posterity.

“The exhibition would take place in July in a gallery on Jalan Tan Hiok Ngee”. He said this was one way the locals could preserve their memories of the place.

Alan King is arranging for artists and photographers to shoot local scenes in the Save Pengerang Art Project.

Chairperson of Taman Molek DAP, Marcus Siew, was also there to show his support. He felt the authorities, in the name of development, did not care about the loss of land, schools, temples, mosques, burial grounds and culture.

Marcus Siew explaining that nhe angry lobsters logo was to tap on the popularity of Angry Birds and to remind people that Penerang is famous for its lobsters.

The outspoken pengetua of the madrasah, Abdul Hafiz, is a member of the organsing committee. He came with his mother Awabi Zainal Abidin and claimed that the people who allegedly stole their land was UMNO.

Abdul Hafiz ready to shoot intruders with his bow and arrow.

It rained dog and cats during part of the afternoon and yet Rohani Ismail and her five children were undeterred.  Squeezing under one umbrella, she told CJMY that she was there because her husband worked in the area even though they were from Kulaijaya. She supported the rally because the government allegedly wanted to steal the people’s land.

Rohani Ismail (in black tudung) with her five children and a friend.

Anand Ang, 73 who lives in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, was there to support the cause of the Pengerang folks. He said he loved his country but in recent years, things have gone from bad to worse. He was staying two nights in a hotel in Sungai Rengit. The next day, he planned to join in the Hindraf gathering in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.

Anand Ang who commutes between his children in Singapore and KL, was there to lend support

“Hidup, hidup, hidup Pengerang!”


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Petronas seeks 10-12 partners for RAPID project

Posted on May 23, 2012. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

(Bernama): The US$20bil Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project in Pengerang, Johor will potentially require 10 to 12 partners, Petronas Group chief operating officer Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffinsaid.

He said Petronas prefers to finalise the choice of its partners in RAPID before the national oil and gas giant declares its final investment sanctioning, slated to take place in the middle of next year.

The project, which was introduced in May 2011 and officially launched a year later, has so far secured the partnership of three corporations, he said.

Wan Zulkiflee said Petronas has a stringent method of analysing its potential partner, and among the criteria for the partners would be ability to bring technology, marketing networks, operational experience and project management execution skills to RAPID.

“The project is currently undergoing the front end engineering design (FEED), and only after that would Petronas finalise the investment sanctioning,” he told reporters after the annual general meeting of Petronas Chemical Group Bhd (PCG).

He said the company has done the conceptual design, which was part of the feasibility studies, and the on-going FEED exercise will focus on the configurations of the plant, including what products are to be used and the estimated portions of capital expenditure.

“Partners does not mean only foreign partners but (we need) partners with skills and values. It can be Malaysian companies as well, but it will be very few players in the petrochemicals space other than PCG,” Wan Zulkiflee, who is also PCG chairman, said.

Asked which party is involved in negotiating with landowners in Johor, he said: “All the compensation and interaction with landowners will be done by the state government.”

At the moment the RAPID project is an entire Petronas Group project, and if the time comes for PCG to contribute, the company would have to look at the viability of the project, and if it makes sense then the chemicals producer would be involved, he added.

The RAPID project by Petronas in southern Johor is expected to meet the burgeoning demand for energy and petrochemical products especially in Asia in the next 20 years, while enhancing both Malaysia’s and the region’s petrochemical industry through attracting investments from world-class oil, gas and petrochemical firms.

The sprawling 2,000-hectare RAPID complex is also poised to trigger economic activities for Pengerang, creating thousands of jobs in view of the massive spin-offs from ancillary and supporting services.

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Rapid to create various job opportunities in Pengerang

Posted on May 14, 2012. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

— Bernama- KUALA LUMPUR: The multi-billion ringgit refinery and petrochemical integrated development (Rapid) project in Pengerang and its spin-off activities will create thousands of jobs during the peak of its implementation.

Petronas chief operating officer Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin said that between
40,000 and 50,000 workers would be needed during the construction period to build the refinery, petrochemical plants and related infrastructure and facilities.

The complex itself would need some 4,000 trained technical staff once it starts to progressively come on-stream from end-2016 onwards. Petronas is already recruiting 400 engineers this year for the project, he told Bernama in an interview.

Rapid is being undertaken by the national oil corporation involving an investment of US$20 billion, with world class oil, gas and petrochemical companies as potential partners.

The 2,000-hectare site at Pengerang is ideal because of its strategic location near international shipping lanes. It is one of the deepest points in Peninsular Malaysia and is well-sheltered.

Wan Zulkiflee said this would be conducive for deepwater port facilities, enabling very large crude carriers (VLCCs) and other vessels to berth for crude and products transportation.

“Its close proximity to regional demand centres (Asean, China and India) is also expected to attract potential tie-ups with global partners in logistics and product distribution,” he said.

The refinery would have a capacity of 300,000 barrels per day, producing higher grade fuels that meet European specifications, as well as supplying feedstock to the petrochemical complex for the manufacture of various products, including differentiated and specialty chemicals.

The project is in line with the government’s desire to set up new engines of growth for Malaysia and create new businesses and employment opportunities that will raise incomes and improve the people’s quality of life.

“For example, during the construction period, with 50,000 workers you would see requirements for services like transportation, housing, food, hospitality, medical and other needs,” he said.

In the longer term, Wan Zulkiflee expects Rapid to fuel the growth of local suppliers, service and maintenance providers to support the operation of the complex.

“A lot of attention is being paid to the potential opportunities during RAPID’s implementation.

“Post-commissioning is also very important as the complex would require various support services during its entire operational life,” he said.

Recently, Petronas signed Heads of Agreement with diversified chemical group BASF to jointly own, develop, construct and operate production facilities for specialty chemicals and plants for precusor materials within the RAPID complex.

Progress has also been made in the various other technical and commercial aspects of the project for Petronas to “reach the final investment decision (FID) by mid-2013,” said Wan Zulkiflee.

By then, it would be clear who Petronas’ partners would be in the project.

Except for pre-FID works, no other contract has been tendered out or awarded.

Petronas will begin pre-qualification exercises for various tender packages for the project in stages, the earliest of which is expected to be held in the third quarter of this year.

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Projek RAPID, Pengerang Projek Pembangunan Terbesar Negara – Najib

Posted on May 14, 2012. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

(Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak berkata industri minyak dan gas di Pengerang, Johor, kini diambang menerima pelaburan keseluruhan RM120 bilion dalam tempoh lima hingga enam tahun.

Perdana Menteri berkata separuh daripadanya akan disumbang oleh Projek Pembangunan Bersepadu Penapisan Minyak dan Petrokimia (RAPID) Petronas bernilai RM60 bilion serta jangkaan pelaburan berbilion dolar oleh syarikat Taiwan dan Jerman.

Beliau berkata sebuah syarikat petrokimia Taiwan akan membuat pelaburan di kawasan itu bernilai US$10 juta hingga US$12 juta bagi menampung keperluan RAPID.

Sebelum itu, Petronas telah menandatangani Perjanjian Dasar Induk (HoA) dengan satu kumpulan kimia kepelbagaian Jerman, BASF, bagi membangunkan, membina dan dan mengendalikan kemudahan pengeluaran secara bersama bagi mengeluarkan kimia khusus serta loji bagi mengeluarkan bahan mentah awalan di dalam Kompleks RAPID itu.

Najib yang juga Menteri Kewangan, berkata kesemua projek itu bakal melonjakkan dan mengukuhkan Johor sebagai satu pusat minyak dan gas serta petrokimia yang unggul di Asia serta dunia.

“Projek RAPID ini adalah sebahagian daripada Program Transformasi Ekonomi (ETP) yang kerajaan kenal pasti sebagai projek berimpak tinggi dan mampu membawa perubahan besar kepada taraf sosio ekonomi rakyat.

“Ia mampu menghasilkan kapasiti pengeluaran sehingga 300,000 tong sehari penapisan minyak mentah untuk menghasilkan produk petroleum seperti petrol, bahan bakar jet dan diesel,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap pada majlis Pelancaran projek RAPID, di Pengerang, di sini Ahad yang disempurnakan oleh Sultan Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.

Yang turut berangkat ke majlis itu ialah Tunku Mahkota Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim serta empat lagi putera baginda.

Najib berkata, projek RAPID yang lebih besar daripada kompleks sedia ada di Kerteh, Gebeng dan Melaka itu juga mampu menghasilkan produk petroleum seperti petrol, bahan bakar jet dan diesel.

“Projek itu juga mampu mengeluarkan 9.0 juta tan produk petroleum dan 4.5 juta tan petrokimia setahun yang boleh mengeluarkan pelbagai bahan kimia berkaitan dan ia nanti akan dilengkapi dengan kilang pengisian gas bagi menerima tangki Gas Asli Cecair (LNG),” katanya.

Beliau berkata, kompleks itu nanti akan terdiri daripada sebuah loji penapisan minyak dengan kapasiti 150,000 tong sehari serta sebuah loji perekah nafta dengan kapasiti 800,000 tan setahun.

Menurutnya, jika kedua-dua buah projek ini berjaya dilaksanakan, wilayah Johor Selatan berupaya memproses 450,000 tong sehari dan perekah nafta sebanyak 3.8 juta tan setahun.

Najib berkata, disebabkan projek RAPID ini dipercepatkan pelaksanaannya, pihaknya yakin projek Petronas akan berupaya mencapai matlamatnua dalam tempoh lima tahun dengan dijangka mula beroperasi akhir 2016.

Selain itu, Najib berkata pembangunan projek itu tetap mengambil kira kepentingan alam sekitar mengikut piawaian antarabangsa.

Beliau memberi jaminan Petronas sentiasa mengutamakan aspek penjagaan alam sekitar dalam setiap projeknya dan mengharap penduduk kawasan itu tidak perlu risau terhadap kesan negatif terhadap alam sekitar.

Penduduk juga akan diberikan pampasan sewajarnya dengan setakat ini sebanyak RM4.1 juta sudah dibayar kepada nelayan terjejas, selain menubuhkan jawatankuasa khas bagi mengendalikannya, katanya.

Pada majlis itu, Najib turut menyampaikanreplika cek RM1.24 juta kepada Ahli Parlimen Pengerang Datuk Seri Azalina Othman untuk membaik pulih 124 rumah nelayan menerusi Projek Khas Perumahan Nelayan.

Sebelum ini, sebanyak RM1.7 juta telah disalurkan menerusi projek khas itu dengan melibatkan 172 buah rumah.

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Johor Sultan launches Pengerang RAPID project

Posted on May 13, 2012. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak looking at the RAPID project’s replica at the launch in Pengerang. BERNAMA

KOTA TINGGI (May 13, 2012): The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, today launched a refinery and petrochemical integrated development (RAPID) project in Pengerang and advised detractors to change their mind lest the people there be denied development.

He expressed sadness that a small group of people was opposed to the Petronas project and was trying to instigate others to stage protests and make unreasonable demands.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman and Petronas president and CEO Datuk Shamsul Azhar Abbas were also present at the event.

Sultan Ibrahim said the selection of Pengerang as an oil and gas industry hub was a blessing for Johor because the state and its people would stand to benefit from the large investments pouring in.

The RAPID development would also open up jobs and businesses which would help raise the living standard of the people, he said.

The older people would be happy that their children and grandchildren would be able to secure employment in Pengerang itself and not have to find jobs elsewhere, he added.

The sultan said he had been informed that due compensation would be paid for the property acquired for the development of the project, and advised the people not to make unreasonable demands.

Sultan Ibrahim said the government and related parties should exercise fairness in resolving the problems associated with the people, adding that he would make regular trips to Pengerang to ensure that the project progressed as planned.

RAPID, which involves an investment of RM60 billion, will have the capacity to refine 300,000 barrels of imported crude oil and would offer 4,000 permanent jobs.

Abdul Ghani, in his speech, said the quantum of compensation for the affected people would be announced in October at the latest.

“The government realises that the matter of compensation is uppermost in the minds of the people. We hope that they will be patient and wait for the announcement,” he said.

Abdul Ghani gave the undertaking that the state government would ensure that the people derived the best benefit from the implementation of the project.

He said the affected people would be relocated in stages, with the first batch set to move in March next year from three villages, namely Sungai Kapal, Teluk Empang and Langkah Baik.

Abdul Ghani said he was convinced the project would be a catalyst for the development of various oil and gas support industries which would provide local companies the opportunity to interact with international oil and petrochemical companies expected to participate in the project.

This would help raise the level of skills, knowledge and capability of the local companies in the fields of engineering, procurement or technical installation, he said.

Shamsul, in his speech, said RAPID symbolised the determination of Petronas to develop its downstream transactions and consolidate further the company’s capacity to compete in the petroleum and petrochemical products market in the Asian region. – Bernama

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Pengerang folks made aware of RAPID consequences

Posted on March 31, 2012. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |


Chua Jui Meng (Johor PKR Chairperson), Hassan Karim (Johor PKR Deputy Chairman, Steven Chong and Jimmy Puah, a lawyer by profession, gathered at Pengerang, Johor for a dialogue with the residents recently.

Jimmy Puah explained the Land Acquision Act 153, and guided the landowners on the finer details of the act.

He said that by now Borang A is being exhibited at the Land Office. With Borang B the Land Office officers will come over to measure their lands.

Later Borang C, Borang D and then finally the landowners will be served with the Borang E.

He said if the landowners are not happy with the compensation figure they can contest their cases at the Johor Bahru high court.

Jimmy Puah stressed that with the Refinery and Petroleum Integrated Development (RAPID) project, in the near future their sea will no longer be blue and their sky will be black.


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