Free Malaysia Today | September 30, 2012
PKR to scrap Rapid when it gets to Putrajaya
PKR vice president Chua Jui Meng says a Pakatan federal government would not allow the petro-chemical project to continue.
KOTA TINGGI: PKR will scrap the proposed RM60 billion Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Project (Rapid) in Pengerang should they come to power after the next general election, said its Johor state chairman Chua Jui Meng today.
Addressing some 3,000-strong crowd during the Himpunan Hijau Lestari in Pengerang today, Chua said a Pakatan federal government would not allow the petro-chemical project to continue.
“Anwar (Ibrahim) has asked me to convey this message to everyone here today, that we will reject the project and rebuild the livelihood of the locals ,” he told the cheering protesters.
Speaking to FMT later, Chua said the decision was made in PKR’s political bureau meeting chaired by de facto leader Anwar recently.
He said Rapid will be scrapped alongside with the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant in Gebeng, Pahang.
“I want to warn companies who wish to invest in the Rapid project, even if (Prime Minister) Najib (Tun Razak) gives them license, we will revoke it once we come into power,” he said.
He added that Pakatan was willing to incur extra costs to compensate investors’ losses.
Johor DAP chairman Boo Cheng Hau told the crowd that Johor should develop its fishing industry as it has some 400km of coast lines.
“We should develop something that can benefit a lot of local people, not just one or two persons such as the case of this project,” he said in his addressing speech.
Meanwhile, PAS vice president Salahuddin Ayub said his party will raise this issue in Parliament next week.
“We from PAS, PKR and DAP will make your struggles the centre topic of our speech,” he said.
The Johor government is planning to acquire some 8,094ha of land in Pengerang for the development of the Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC).
About 2,550ha will be developed by Petronas Rapid, while 544ha will be for the Pengerang Independent Deepwater Petroleum Terminal.
Phase 1 of the relocation exercise will begin in March next year with three villages, namely Kampung Sungai Kapal, Kampung Teluk Empang and Kampung Langkah Baik.
By October next year, four villages will follow suit, namely Kampung Sebong, Kampung Batu Mas, Kampung Jawa and Kampung Sungai Buntu.