Pengerang, Johor: Development comes, unwelcome to some..

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Pengerang: Nature’s Serenity THREATENED!

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PENGERANG: A GRAVE ISSUE

The graves in Sungai Kapal, Pengerang, are to be relocated to Sungai Rengit in March to make way for the Refinery and Petrochemicals Integrated Development (Rapid) project.

The residents have filed a suit against the Johor government to stop the relocation.

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Free Malaysia Today

7:31PM Feb 25, 2014

Good ‘feng shui’ for new site of Pengerang graves

The new Chinese gravesite in Bukit Gelugor, Johor, to which graves in Pengerang will be relocated was selected by a Feng Shui expert for its “good Feng Shui”, the Kota Tinggi district office said.

“This is not the first time Chinese graves in Malaysia are relocated. It has also been conducted in Singapore before. This should be viewed in a more positive manner,” district officer Mohd Noorazam Osman said in a statement.

He added that the government was not moving the graves yesterday, as feared by residents, but was only conducted a survey to plan the layout of the new site.

“No digging or relocation work took place,” he said, adding that the survey was done with assistance of experts to ensure Chinese customs were adhered to.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/255405

Malaysiakini

6:27PM Feb 24, 2014

Pengerang residents, cops face off at graveyard

Several residents got into a tangle with police today as they tried to prevent workers from counting the number of graves at a cemetery in Sungai Kapal, Pengerang, as part of preparations to relocate the graves.

According to Coalition of Pengerang NGOs vice-chairperson Sim Seng San, the residents rushed to the cemetery after receiving word that five workers were counting the graves while being protected by some police officers at around 9am.

The graves are to be relocated to Sungai Rengit in March to make way for the Refinery and Petrochemicals Integrated Development (Rapid) project.

Reached by Malaysiakini, Sim said that upon reaching the site, residents found the main road heading to the cemetery blocked by a police truck.

He claimed that more than 100 police personnel, comprising uniformed and plainclothes officers from the police Special Branch, as well as men from the General Operations Force (GOF), were there protecting the workers at the cemetery.

Even so, Sim said, several residents managed to enter the cemetery before the road was totally sealed off, while some other residents were later allowed in.

Residents, attempting to stop the workers from continuing their work, begun quarrelling with the police, resulting in a resident being temporarily handcuffed, although the man was released not long afterwards.

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Meanwhile, Kota Tinggi district police chief Rahmat Othman explained the police presence this morning was due to the fact the contractor had lodged a police report.

“We received a report that the workers of the contractor were threatened.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/255309

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4:41PM Aug 22, 2012

Pengerang folk sue gov’t over cemetery relocation

Four residents from Pengerang, Johor today filed a suit against the state government to prevent four Chinese cemeteries from being relocated to make way for a massive petrochemical plant.

The quartet are Chong Chun Yet, Chong Ah Sin, Lim Kui Hak and Hong Thian Haw. They have named the state government, the Kota Tinggi Land Office and the state economic planning unit as respondents.

They represented four Chinese cemeteries in Pengerang which will be acquired by the state government. In all, the state government has earmarked five Chinese cemeteries for relocation.

The four respondents are applying for a judicial review by the Johor Baru High Court to revoke the state government’s decision to relocate the four cemeteries on grounds that the cemeteries, all over a century old, were heritage sites.

The residents were represented by lawyers Chia Kwok Wei, Jimmy Puah and Hassan Karim

In their application statement, the quartet claimed they have submitted forms to the National Heritage Department on Aug 8 to nominate the four cemeteries as national heritage sites.

They claimed that the relocation will affect the historical value of the cemeteries and the respondents have acted illegally and beyond their jurisdiction.

The quartet also requested the court to freeze the relocation decision during hearing.

Pengerang folk sue gov’t over cemetery relocation – Malaysiakini

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Malaysian Insider

Najib criticised for blaming opposition over alleged loss of RM40b investment

BY ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH
December 05, 2013

Several Pakatan Rakyat (PR) MPs said the accusation by Datuk Seri Najib Razak during his policy speech at the Umno general assembly in Kuala Lumpur today, was “baseless” and “absurd”.

PAS MP Hanipa Maidin is representing several Pengerang residents in filing for a judicial review of the RM60 billion project and earlier this year the Court granted them a leave application.

High Court judge Zaleha Yusof ruled that there were merits for the case to proceed and allowed the leave for a judicial review.

“If our case had no foundation or basis, the court would not have allowed our leave application,” the Sepang MP told The Malaysian Insider today.

DAP’s Teresa Kok, in a scathing comment, pointed out that Najib was going against the wishes of the people as many of them had issues with the project.

“This is absurd. How can he blame Pakatan Rakyat? It shows the failure of the Barisan Nasional government; before they carry out anything, they do not have dialogues, they don’t have a good briefing for the people.

Mahfuz Omar, the Pokok Sena MP, was convinced that the prime minister was simply trying to shift the focus away from his failure in running the country, corruption and wastage, with his continuous bashing of PR.

Najib criticised for blaming opposition over alleged loss of RM40b investment

CALLING OTHERS TRAITORS,  PENGKHIANAT     
Najib: Traitors for the opposition cost Petronas RM40bil in investment
Published on 05 December 2013 14:35
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in his speech at the Umno General Assembly accused opposition leaders of going abroad to scare investors away from investing in the country.

Video: Pembangkang khianat negara, Petronas hilang RM40 bilion pelaburan

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Umno veep: Scaring away FDI tantamount to treason

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 5 — Malaysians who badmouth their own country are sabotaging the influx of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and deserve to be branded “traitors”, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

The Umno vice-president said politicians who scare away investors away have betrayed the people who elected them as representatives and as such, do not qualify to stay in Parliament.

“I call this group as traitors to the country, and people like these should not deserve to be politicians, don’t deserve to be MPs,” Ahmad Zahid told reporters at the sidelines of the Umno annual general assembly here.

“They should have seen Pengerang as an area where the petroleum industry is being strengthened. They should not have performed sabotage. This is a disgusting act.”

http://my.news.yahoo.com/umno-veep-scaring-away-fdi-tantamount-treason-063000473.html

Free Malaysia Today

Taiwan firm scraps RM35b Pengerang project

Leven Woon | August 16, 2013

Changes in the macro environment of the petrochemical industry forces company to recall its Malaysian project.

PETALING JAYA: Taiwan state-owned Kuokuang Petrochemical Technology Company (KPTC) has confirmed dropping its RM35 billion investment proposal in Pengerang, Johor, citing changes in the macro environment of the industry as a main reason.

Lin Sheng-Chung, chairman of CPC Corporation which controls KPTC, told Taiwan’s Commercial Times that the global trend of shale gas extraction has impacted on the performance of naphtha cracking.

Using ethane in shale gas as the raw material for ethylene only costs half of the amount as compared to using traditional raw material, naphtha.

Lin said since shale gas extraction is more cost-effective, the company needed to reconsider all its investment proposals abroad that were of naphtha cracking nature.

In addition, he said KPTC was making string of investments in China.

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TAIWAN’S KUOKANG PETROCHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANY WILL DEVELOP A PLANT.

It will be known as the KPTC- Malaysia Integrated Refinery and Petrochemical Development (KPTC-MIRPD) and provide synergy with Petronas’ Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development and oil and gas tank facilities provider Malaysia Dialog Group.

Free Malaysia Today

Taiwan firm gets nod for Pengerang plant

Leven Woon | June 4, 2013

The petrochemical company shifts its refinery site to Malaysia following protests by the Taiwanese.

PETALING JAYA: A Taiwanese petrochemical firm has come a step closer to setting up a refinery in Johor following its failure to do so in its home country because of public opposition.

The Kuokang Petrochemical Technology Company has obtained a detailed environmental impact assessment (DEIA) approval from a consultancy known as Daya Eco Techno Sdn Bhd.

The DEIA report refers to the proposed plant as KPTC- Malaysia Integrated Refinery and Petrochemical Development (KPTC-MIRPD). It will be located in Pengerang.

Kuokuang, a state-owned company,  had wanted to build a similar plant in Taiwan in 2005, but it abandoned the plan following public protests there.

Daya Eco’s report, which was released last Tuesday, predicted environmentally sensitive emission from the proposed plant, but said it would be “within the acceptable level” during “normal” operations.

The report also stated that the project site, which covers about 1,476 hectares, had already been disturbed by agricultural, mining and ex-mining activities.

“During the operational stage, air emission, waste generation and industrial risk from the operation of the proposed project is anticipated to be the major concern,” it said.

“Nevertheless, the findings of the air quality impact assessment revealed that the simulated incremental and ambient ground level concentration for the pollutants … are generally well below the acceptable limits during normal operation.”

The project site is tagged as PIPC Investor Lot 2 in the report.

“Minor impact to the surrounding receptors (residents) is predicted during the abnormal operation of the plant,” it said. “However, in considering that the affected receptor will be relocated under the PIPC development resettlement scheme, the impacts are hence negligible.”

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Malaysian Insider

Friday, 19 April 2013 15:47

Dayangku Intan ‘lawan’ Azalina di Pengerang

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PENGERANG – Bukan di Pontian, tetapi penyanyi popular era 80-an Dayangku Intan, disahkan menjadi calon di Parlimen Pengerang pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU13).

Pengesahan itu dibuat Ketua Cabang PKR Pengerang, Mat Daud sekaligus, penyanyi dengan nama sebenarnya Dayangku Intan Tengku Abdul Hamid bakal bertemu dengan calon dari Barisan Nasional (BN) Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.

Menurutnya, Dayangku Intan yang sudah mula menetap di Pengerang menerima surat watikah pencalonan daripada pucuk kepimpinan bagi kerusi Parlimen Pengerang di Kuala Lumpur semalam.

Beliau berkata, pihaknya juga sudah melakukan kempen bersama-sama Dayangku Intan bagi memperkenalkan calon Parlimen itu kepada penduduk di sekitar Sungai Rengit.

Dayangku Intan ‘lawan’ Azalina di Pengerang – Malaysia Chronicle

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Mutakhir
P157 Pengerang
Wartawan Sinar Harian
23 Jun 2012
P157 Pengerang
2013
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1  Datuk Seri Azalina Othman (BN) 1 Azalina Othman Said (BN – UMNO) 0
2 Mohd Azaman Johari (Bebas) 2
3  Tengku Intan Tengku Abdul Hamid (PKR) 3
Penyandang: Azalina Othman Said (BN – UMNO)
Undi: -
Majoriti: -
Penyandang: Azalina Othman Said (BN – UMNO)
Undi: 0
Majoriti: 0

Penyandang 2004: Azalina Othman Said (BN)

Jumlah Pengundi: 38,071
Undi rosak:
Jumlah Pengundi:33,002
Undi rosak:0

P157 Pengerang – PRU13 – Sinar Harian

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Sundaily

Azalina finally faces a challenge in Pengerang

JOHOR BARU (April 20, 2013): After having won the Pengerang parliamentary seat unopposed for two terms, Datuk Azalina Othman will finally face a challenge, not from one but two candidates.

Her rivals in the three-cornered fight during the 13th General Election (GE13) are popular 80s singer, Dayangku Intan from PKR and independent candidate, Mohd Azaman Johari.

Asked about the challenge, Azalina, a former Cabinet Minister, said she was not afraid of the three-way contest since it showed the country practiced democracy.

“I am not worried as the Barisan Nasional has always been consistent in assisting the people in the area, unlike the opposition.

“Although they have brought up many issues, including the Rapid project at Pengerang, we are confident that the people are wise to evaluate it, especially on the issue of jobs for the younger generation in the area,” she told Bernama.

She also expressed confidence that other than the Pengerang parliamentary seat, the Barisan Nasional candidates for the state seats of Tanjong Surat and Penawar the constituency will also do well.

Meanwhile, Dayang or her real name, Tengku Intan Tengku Abdul Hamid said her intention to contest was purely to fight for the welfare of the people. – Bernama

Azalina finally faces a challenge in Pengerang

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Free Malaysia Today

Pengerang folk get a boost

K Pragalath | March 20, 2013

High Court grants residents, seeking to delay RM60 billion RAPID project in Johor, leave application for a judicial review.

PETALING JAYA: Pengerang residents opposing the ongoing RM60 billion Refinery And Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project received a morale booster today when the Kuala Lumpur High Court allowed their leave application for a judicial review.

Despite objections by the Attorney-General’s Chambers, High Court judge Zaleha Yusof allowed the application, said Azhana Khairuddin, one of the lawyers for the residents.

Azhana said that the AG objected to the hearing of the application on two grounds – that it was “frivolous and vexatious, and had lapsed the time period”.

Zaleha ruled that there were merits for the case to proceed and allowed the leave for a judicial review.

Pengerang folk get a boost

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She is expected to be deported back to Taiwan later today.

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Malaysiakini

Taiwanese environmentalist barred from entering M’sia

A Taiwanese environmental activist has been barred from entering Malaysia and is expected to be deported later today.

Grace Kan, who visited Pengerang in Johor for the anti-Rapid campaign on last July, is currently being detained by Immigration authorities at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Sources have told Malaysiakini that Kan arrived at the airport at 10.30pm last night to attend the 3rd Southeast Asian Marine Mammal Symposium (Seamam III) in Langkawi.

However, she was immediately detained by Immigration officials upon arrival as her name is on the blacklist due to her activities in Malaysia last year.

Kan reported that she is being treated well under detention although her cell phone has been confiscated and kept by the authorities, making her currently uncontactable.

Taiwanese environmentalist barred from entering M’sia

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PENGERANG: IS IT SUICIDE?

Chinese daily China Press also reported that the family was believed to be under tremendous pressure after the land they stayed on was acquired for the project and the family was forced to relocate.

No, says brother of dead man.

Malaysiakini

Suicide not caused by land acquisition, says brother
11:19AM Jan 3, 2013

The younger brother of the husband who committed suicide with his wife and son at Pengerang on the first day of 2013 has denied that it was caused by the land acquisition to make way for the RM60 billion Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) project.

Pang Mao Fong, 55, called a press conference with Johor MCA vice-chairperson, Jason Teoh yesterday after paying his last respects to his brother, Pang Jing Rong, 64, sister-in-law, Wang Ya Yee, 58, and their Down Syndrome son, Qi Hao, 20.

According to China Press, Mao Fong believed that the death has nothing to do with the land acquisition as the government has not started the acquisition process.

Suicide not caused by land acquisition, says brother

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Malaysian Insider

Questions over New Year deaths of Pengerang family

By Debra Chong
Assistant News Editor
January 02, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 ― The apparent suicides of a family of three in Pengerang, Johor, where the controversial RM60 billion Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) is being built, is causing a stir among residents fearful of being steamrolled in the oil giant’s bid to take control of their land.

Gabungan NGO Pengerang (GNP), a grassroots group that has sprung up in Johor opposing the oil plant in their backyard, suggested that the death of the family with the surname Pang, was due to overwhelming pressure over the project that would have resulted in them losing their homes without proper compensation.

“GNP feels very sad over the tragedy in which a poor family was unable to take the pressure of life, as a result of the land acquisition by the developers, and finally was forced to commit suicide.

“We also urge the government to care over what happened, if the relevant parties still insist on this development, it is believed will cause more tragedies in Pengarang [sic],” the group’s treasurer, Chua Peng Sin, said in a media statement today.

Questions over New Year deaths of Pengerang family

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Malaysiakini

Pengerang family commit suicide on New Year’s Day
10:51AM Jan 2, 2013

Poverty and forced relocation to make way for the RM60 billion Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) project could have led a family of three in Pengerang to end their misery by committing suicide on the first day of 2013.

The Chinese couple – a 62-year-old man and his 57-year-old wife – along with their son, aged 20, who suffers from Down syndrome, were found dead in their home in Kampung Jawa, Pengerang yesterday.

According to English daily The Star, Kota Tinggi OCPD Supt Che Mahazan Che Aik said a neighbour who smelled smoke coming from the house alerted the police at around 10am yesterday.

“When we went to the house, we found the bodies of two men and a woman in a bedroom. We believe that the family might have burnt something and suffocated themselves to death by inhaling smoke,” he was quoted as saying.

According to Che Mahazan, the husband had earlier told a neighbour that he wanted to kill himself and his family because they were living in poverty.

Pengerang family commit suicide on New Year’s Day

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Activists of Gabungan NGO Pengerang were monitoring the transfer of corpses to a new site near Kampung Punggai. Gabungan NGO Pengerang has cried foul over the authorities’ failure to adhere to stipulated rules when conducting the relocation, including digging out graves of people with heirs.

Free Malaysia Today

Villager held over row in Pengerang graveyard

Leven Woon | December 27, 2012

The villager, Abdul Yahya Hamid, told FMT today that he was overcome by emotion when he found out to his surprise that his grandmother’s grave was being moved to the new site.

He said he was weeping at the grave when a man, believed to be a Rapid employee, approached him in a rude manner and asked what he was doing.

They got into a heated argument after he told the man not to disturb him.

“There was no physical contact between us,” Yahya said. “But he lodged a report against me claiming that he was intimidated, whereas he was the one who turned the matter into an issue.”

Yahya was released at 11am today on police bail after being remanded for 24 hours. He has since lodged his own police report against his adversary.

Villager held over row in Pengerang graveyard

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced last May that a Taiwanese petrochemical firm had promised to invest in a petrochemical complex in Pengerang set up by Petronas.

The investment plan, estimated at US$120 billion, will include an oil refinery and a naphtha cracker.

Malaysian Insider

Taiwan oil refiner mulls controversial Pengerang plant, denies pullout

November 22, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 — Taiwanese oil refiner CPC Corp has denied scrapping a proposed multi-billion ringgit petrochemical plant in Pengerang, Johor, saying the controversial project is still undergoing a feasibility assessment despite opposition from environmentalists.

Taiwan’s Chinese-language Economic Daily News reported last Thursday that CPC subsidiary Kuokuang Petrochemical Technology planned to build a NT$10 billion (RM1.06 billion) methyl methacrylate plant at Taichung Port because the Malaysian project had stalled. Methyl methacrylate is used to manufacture resins and plastics.

Taiwan oil refiner mulls controversial Pengerang plant, denies pullout

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Malaysiakini

Pengerang residents pulled out of Parliament PC area

Pengerang residents were pulled out of the designated press conference area at the Parliament lobby when they tried to address the media about a signature campaign to stop the forced removal of burial sites of their ancestors.

Parliament guards pulled out NGO leader Sim Seng San, who refused to budge at first, and later tried to do the same to his colleague Yap Lay Yen.

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“This are is only for parliamentarians. Get up,” the guard said, while tugging at Sim’s (sitting, left in photo) arm.

However, DAP’s Bakri MP Er Teck Hwa (centre in photo) stopped the guard from doing the same to Yap.

“She is a woman, you cannot touch her,” he told the guard who was trying to implement the new ruling by the Dewan Rakyat speaker to disallow non-Parliamentarians from holding press conferences in the designated area.

NONESim and Yap later took questions from reporters outside the designated press conference area, but were again stopped by the guard.

“This area is still in Parliament jurisdiction,” another Parliament guard said, but the guard left when reporters pointed out that the speaker’s ruling only applies to the designated area.

Pengerang residents pulled out of Parliament PC area

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Pengerang MP: Rally participants paid RM30 each

No, nobody got paid to attend. That would, of course be normal, unlike any BN government sponsored event where they provide transport, meals, tee-shirts, etc…

Indeed, people paid for their own transport, meals and accomodation to attend.That’s what we did when we went to Bukit Merah, or attended any Bersih or anti-Lynas gathering.

Malaysiakini

NGOs rebut claim Pengerang rallygoers paid RM30
4:51PM Oct 6, 2012

NGOs that supported the Himpunan Hijau rally against the petrochemical project in Pengerang, Johor on Sept 30 have refuted the local MP’s claim that the participants were paid RM30 each.

In a statement today, the Johor Yellow Front, consisting of 30 NGOs, said that Pengerang MP Azalina Othman’s statement in the Dewan Rakyat was “confusing” and “disappointing”.

“We strongly deny Azalina’s claim that most of the rally participants were outsiders who received RM30 each to attend.

“We demand that she furnishes proof of the claim, or else retract it and apologise to all Malaysians,” they said.

NGOs rebut claim Pengerang rallygoers paid RM30

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In the first place, why does Rapid need such a ridiculously massive 22,500 acres?

Also, in relocating the people of the 17 affected villages, the villagers or land owners were offered an average of RM2.80 per sq foot (psf) for their land.

According to property surveyors, the land is worth between RM12 and RM15 psf! If this is not a land grab, what is?

Malaysia Chronicle

Friday, 05 October 2012 07:11

Behind the Pengerang land grab: WHY S’gor PR said NO but Johor BN said YES

Written by  Victor Lim

Malaysians are so informed and familiar with the land grabs in Sarawak and its Taib Mahmud.

However, land grabs have also been taking place in Johor for decades and it is ongoing. Only, now it has become more blatant.

The BN government would abuse, exploit and use the Land Acquisition Act 1960 to freeze the prices of parcels of land eyed by its well-connected cronies to facilitate the gazetting of acquisitions. The prices are always very much below market value.

The latest land grab in peninsular Malaysia is in the form of the RM60 billion Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) mega project.

The approval of Rapid is not only a front to grab land belonging to poor villagers, it is also a dirty political ploy to falsely give the Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) a boost.

The BN is using the Land Acquisition Act to force sell 22,500 acres, belonging to thousands of poor villagers, at dirt cheap prices.
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Everwish claimed in its presentation that the project had a potential to accumulate foreign exchange reserves of US$4.26 billion (about RM13 billion) a year.

HOWEVER, the Selangor PR government rejected the proposed project on grounds….

Read more:
Behind the Pengerang land grab: WHY S’gor PR said NO but Johor BN said YES

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Malaysiakini

PKR: Pengerang project guise for massive land grab
  • Koh Jun Lin
  • 1:46PM Oct 4, 2012

The petrochemical project in Pengerang, Johor is a guise for a massive land-grab by Johor menteri besar Ghani Othman to enrich his cronies, alleged PKR vice president Chua Jui Meng.

azlanChua claimed that when the Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) was originally proposed to Selangor last year, the land request was for 2,889 acres, while Petronas later requested for 6,400 acres of land in Johor.

However, the compulsory land acquisition that is now taking place in phases to make way for the project in Pengerang would eventually gobble up 22,500 acres of land, said Chua, who is also Johor PKR chief.

“This shows that Ghani Othman’s intention is to get large tracts of land on the cheap. Cheap! (This is) in order to start a land bank again.”

PKR: Pengerang project guise for massive land grab

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Malaysiakini

Pengerang MP: Rally participants paid RM30 each
  • Aidila Razak
  • 2:05PM Oct 4, 2012

Those who participated in the Himpunan Hijau rally against the Pengerang petrochemical project on Sept 30 were paid to the tune of RM30 per head, a parliamentarian claimed today.

Debating the budget in the Dewan Rakyat, Azalina Othman (BN-Pengerang) said that this was how the organisers managed to attract people, mostly outsiders, to attend the rally.

“They said 7,000 people attended, but I don’t know how it could be that many. From what I was made to understand there was only 3,000 people, it’s a small area, so I don’t know how they can fit in 7,000. Most were outsiders, who were bused in… and were paid RM30 per person,” she said.

Pengerang MP: Rally participants paid RM30 each

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Protest against Petronas’ RM60b Pengerang project

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Over a thousand protesters have squeezed into the tiny Kampung Sungai Rengit square in Pengerang to protest Petronas’ RAPID project. — Picture by Clara Chooi

Himpunan Hijau Pengerang Lestari protestors demonstrate against the proposed RM60 billion petrochemical project in Pengerang on September 30, 2012. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

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It ended officially at 11.45am

Free Malaysia Today

Ancestors ‘join’ thousands in Pengerang rally

Leven Woon | September 30, 2012

Ancestors photographs were placed at the rally venue in a symbolic move to oppose the proposed grave relocation.

FMT ALERT

KOTA TINGGI: More than 3,000 people gathered at Pengerang, Johor today for the Himpunan Hijau Lestari Pengerang rally against a massive petro-chemical plant, with some local residents bringing ancestral photographs to the scene.

Clad in green, the protesters started to gather at Dataran Sungai Rengit since early morning, to the  backdrop of a huge lobster statue at the square entrance.

By the time the rally began at 10am, the squre was packed with protesters holding placards that read, among others, “Don’t wait until our villages are pawned”, “Taiwan treats it as rubbish, we take it as treasure”, “Defend sustainable Pengerang”.

A row of empty chairs were also placed in front of the stage where 10 local residents later placed their ancestors photographs on the chairs in a symbolic move to oppose the proposed grave relocation.

“The authorities always say there are only a few people protesting against this project, but today not only the entire village has come out, we even invited our ancestors to come,” said Gabungan NGO Pengerang vice chairman Sim Seng San.

Ancestors ‘join’ thousands in Pengerang r…

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Malaysiakini

11.45am - Emcee Hismauddin Rais leads protestors in singing’Suara Rakyat’ and to recite the Earth Charter, the latter of which is printed on the back of the protestors’ green T-shirts as well as in chants the slogan, “stop rapid”.

He then announces that the rally has ended, and urged protestors to pick up the garbage as they leave.

11.40am: Pengerang NGO coalition chief cum Pengerang green rally chairperson Anis Afida Mohd Azli takes to the stage as the final speaker and urges protestors not to fear any threats or allegations, because they have the support of Malaysians across the nation.

She thanks all the protesters from all over the country for turning out in support of the Pengerang community.

However she declares the struggle is not over yet and and they will continue to fight for the people.

11.35am – Himpunan Hijau chairperson Wong Tuck says although the fight against the government had been hard, it must go on.

11.30am PAS veep Salahuddin Ayub says next week, Parliament will debate the budget. “We from PAS, PKR and DAP will make your struggles the topic of our speech.

This is because your MP is not fighting for you. She has challenged us to a debate, yet she is not present today.

1.25am: Chua, claiming to represent his party’s de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, also promises that the Rapid project would be scraped if Pakatan takes over the federal government.

11.20am: PAS Johor commissioner Mahfodz Mohamed also sticks to the theme of sustainable development, saying the party opposes development that only benefits cronies.

1.10am: Himpunan Hijau Kuantan committee member Clement Gan urges for sustainable development, saying that neighbouring countries should be concerned about the environmental damage here, as it may affect them.

10.50am: Himpunan Hijau Bukit Koman chairman Wong Kim Hoong takes to the stage and blames the premier for failing to fulfill his promises and slogans.

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THE AUTHORITIES ACT BUT THE PROTEST GATHERS STRENGTH!

Roadblocks have been set up along the highways leading to Pengerang. The main road in front of Dataran has been sealed off by police. FRU (riot police) trucks are seen moving through the area.

1 A bus from Raub has been stopped from using the highway by Transport Department officials and had to use the old route to Pengerang.
2 According to Johor Dapsy chief Tan Hong Pin, the Ulu Tiram toll plaza at Desaru Highway has been blocked by the police.

Malaysiakini

Himpunan in Pengerang to protest oil refinery
  • Koh Jun Lin
  • 8:53AM Sep 30, 2012

Protesters are now gathering in fishing village of Pengerang in Johor for the ‘Himpunan Hijau Lestari Pengerang’ (Pengerang Sustainable Green Rally) against a nearby oil refinery project.

7.50am: More than 120 people led by Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall CEO Tang Ah Chai arrive in three buses and they are joined by another bus from Bukit Koman Ban Cyanide Committee.

8.45am:The crowd around Dataran Sungai Rengit has now swelled to about 300, most of them seeking shelter under the trees or at shoplots from the hot sun and cloudless skies.

9.05am: Organisers ask those under 15 years old to leave the protest venue before the rally starts at 10am, in accordance to the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

The announcement, which is made through the public address system, also asks those wearing masks to remove them.

Himpunan in Pengerang to protest oil refinery

Protest begins against Petronas’ RM60b Pengerang project

See also Pengerang rally a sign of trouble for Umno in Johor

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Malaysiakini

Pengerang rally organising member gets ominous gift
  • Koh Jun Lin
  • 6:54PM Sep 29, 2012

Less than a day before the rally against the Pengerang petrochemical plant in Johor, an organising member has found a bag containing a dead snake deposited in front of her home.

The python’s head was almost severed save for a stretch of skin, and along it were flyers promoting tomorrow’s rally.

According to the treasurer of the Pengerang NGOs coalition Chua Peng Sia, the group’s deputy secretary Goh Woan Tyug first spotted the bag outside her house but did not dare to open it.

Goh contacted former committee member Hong Thian Hwa for help at 4.26pm, who arrived to inspect the bag.

“Goh only told me that the bag felt soft and moist to touch.

“When I opened the bag, it was a dead python and several of the rally’s flyers,” he said.
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This is the second attack on Goh’s residence – previously, unknown parties splashed her other house and car with red paint and sulphuric acid, respectively.

NONE

Pengerang rally organising member gets ominous gift

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Malaysian Insider

10 big questions to ask about Pengerang — Thomas Fann

1: The RAPID Project requires 6,424 acres of land but why is the Johor government using the Land Acquisition Act 1960 to acquire 22,500 acres of land?
2: What is going to happen to the fishermen and smallholders who would have lost their means of livelihood?
3:  The villagers have to give up their 1-2 acres of land and houses in exchange for 6,000 sq ft of land with a house on it, some 15-20km away, with little or no money in their pocket and no land to earn a living.  Is this a fair deal?
4: Why is our government so keen to welcome KuoKuang Petrochemical of Taiwan when they have been rejected by their own country?
5: Is it true that a petrochemical plant the scale of Rapid would need massive amount of processed water a day to operate, almost 75 per cent of Johor’s current daily consumption, thus causing aacute e acute water shortages in Johor?
6: Will there be a nuclear power plants to be setup in Pengerang
7: Is extra land being acquired for a third link between Johor and Singapore?
8: Can we trust the glowing DEIA (Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment) report by Integrated Envirotect Sdn Bhd since it is paid for by the developers?
9:  Have the voices of the Pengerang people been heard?
10: Taiwanese company, KuoKuang Petrochemical, will be given a tax holiday of 10 years! Their government rejected them and ours give them this incentive to move here.  What is going on here?

10 big questions to ask about Pengerang — Thomas Fann

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Malaysian Insider

PAS forms group to tackle Pengerang issue

By Lisa J. Ariffin
September 25, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 — PAS has announced the setting up of Mantap, an organisation formed by the party’s central committee to resolve the Pengerang land-grab issue for the development of the Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC) in Johor.

PAS Kubang Kerian MP Salahuddin Ayub said today Mantap would ensure the development in Pengerang would not affect the wellbeing of its villagers.

The villagers’ interest is our interest. We are not against the project but just want to make sure they get as much compensation as their land is worth,” party vice-president Salahuddin (picture) told a press conference in Parliament here. “We support fully any development. What Mantap strives for is the land-grab issue

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PKR duo in eight-hour tour of Pengerang ahead of rally

Harakahdaily, 24 September 2012

Sep 24: Ahead of the September 30 rally to protest controversial land acquisition for the development of the Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) in Pengerang, Johor, PKR vice president Chua Jui Meng and supreme council member Dr Tan Kee Kwong yesterday visited the affected townships, spending some eight hours in walkabouts to meet residents.

BEWARE OF LAND GRAB … Chua (in cap) and Tan (in yellow shirt) speaking to residents during two separate stops in Pengerang

Chua and Tan, respectively the former Health minister and former deputy Land and Cooperative minister, distributed materials to warn residents of ‘land grab’ by the state government.

“The only way to stop them from exploiting the available laws to force sell your land is to change the government in the next general election,” said Chua during a stopover.

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Are there skeletons in the closet?

Harakah Daily

Pengerang: ‘Anything else you are hiding?’

Harakahdaily, 20 September 2012

Sep 20: PAS vice president Salahuddin Ayub (pic) has urged the Johor state government to come clean on land acquisition plans in Pengerang, and warned that any attempt to conceal details from the public would eventually fail.

“Before this, we exposed that the land acquisition in Pengerang for the RAPID (Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development) project was not following procedures and this had been hidden from the people.

“What else is being hidden by the UMNO-BN government led by (Johor Menteri Besar) Ghani Othman?” he asked.
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The Johor state government had planned to acquire some 8,094ha of land in Pengerang for the development of the Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC), which will affect 3,122 people from 927 families.

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Pengerang: ‘Anything else you are hiding?’

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1,000 Pengerangites residing in Singapore plan to return on Sept 30 for the rally

Free Malaysia Today

Big turnout expected at Pengerang rally

Leven Woon | September 22, 2012

The organisers of the rally say thousands is expected turn up for the Sept 30 rally.

PETALING JAYA: A big turnout is expected at a rally to oppose the the building of a petrochemical plant in Pengerang, Johor.

The organisers, Gabungan NGO Pengerang, said the rally on Sept 30 will be held at Dataran Sg Rengit.

The rally is to oppose the RM60 billion Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Project (Rapid), which involves massive sea reclamation and construction.

Gabungan NGO Pengerang treasurer Chua Peng Sian, said that all 15 hotels in Pengerang are fully booked for next Sunday.

Big turnout expected at Pengerang rally

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The  September 30 rally is the final chance for Pengerang residents’ voice to be heard.

It’s do or die, MP warns Pengerang residents

Harakahdaily, 14 September 2012

Sep 14: Bakri member of parliament Er Teck Hwa has reminded Pengerang residents that they were faced with a situation unlike the ones in Gebeng, Kuantan and Bukit Koman, Raub.

Saying the two flashpoints of residents’ protests against hazardous plants were not about land acquisition, Er (pic) said the coming September 30 rally was a final chance for Pengerang residents’ voice to be heard.

“For outsiders, if a civil campaign fails, it can be reorganised and initialised again. On the contrary, for the Pengerang residents, they have only one chance,” Er told Harakahdaily in a statement.

“The Pengerang Refinery and Petrochemical Project is completely different. The land of the local residents will be taken back for this development project. While the residents are being forced to move out because land is taken away, the affected areas will be left empty. If the said areas are without tenants, how can the struggle be continued?” he asked.

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The state government plans to acquire some 8,094ha of land in Pengerang for the development of the Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC), affecting 927 families. Residents have until today (September 14) to state their case on government compensation for their acquired land and properties.

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It’s do or die, MP warns Pengerang residents

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Malaysiakini

Pengerang residents to hold two anti-Rapid rallies
2:11PM Sep 10, 2012

Pengerang residents who are affected by the RM60 billion Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) project, are to hold two rallies this month to send a strong message to the government and their elected representatives that the giant petrochemical plant is not welcome.

In a statement issued today, Hasnul Ahmad, secretary of Pengerang NGOs coalition, an ad-hoc organisation against the mega project, said a rally dubbed ‘Himpunan Hijau Lestari Pengerang’ (Pengerang sustainable green rally) would be held at Sungai Rengit, Pengerang, on Sept 30.

azlanThe Malay community in Pengerang, he said, would hold another rally, dubbed ‘Kampungku Suaraku’, (My village, my voice) at Sungai Kapal, Pengerang, on Sept 16 to raise the greater awareness on the issue among of Malay residents in the area.

‘Kampungku Suaraku’ aims to send a clear message to the prime minister, Johor menteri besar and the Petronas management that Pengerang residents do not agree with the Rapid project, the statement says.

Through the rally, the coalition aims to debunk statements made by their elected representatives, in both Parliament and the state assembly, that majority of the residents welcome the project.

“The Pengerang people will prove that they do not agree with the project.

“This rally will be the platform for Pengerang residents to raise their voice and safeguard their rights,” Hasnul said.

Pengerang residents to hold two anti-Rapid rallies

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Some cemeteries in Pengerang also house graves dating back to the late Qing Dynasty period.

Free Malaysia Today

Relocating graves: ‘Don’t make it racial’

Leven Woon | September 7, 2012

Other races should also protest against the relocation as their cemeteries would also have to make way for a petrochemical project in Pengerang.

KUALA LUMPUR: Those against the relocation of the eight Chinese cemeteries in Pengerang, Johor, should invite other races to join them.

There are a total of eight Chinese and 11 Malay cemeteries in Pengerang, and most of them will be acquired to make way for the RM60-billion Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project.

Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall CEO Tang Ah Chai said the Pengerang groups should avoid treating it as a racial problem.

“We should avoid twisting it into a racial issue. We should consolidate support from other races. This is a cultural issue,” he said.

Tang was speaking at a press conference after a dialogue session with nine representatives from Pengerang, who were here today to seek help. They also met the Kuala Lumpur Kwangtung Cemetery committee members, who faced a similar relocation issue in the 1990s.

Relocating graves: ‘Don’t make it racial’

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Harassment and Intimidation?

Malaysiakini

Anti-Rapid activist’s home and car splashed

  • Lee Long Hui
  • 2:54PM Aug 29, 2012

The house and car of an anti-refinery project activist in Pengerang, Johor, was found splashed with red paint and sulphuric acid early this morning.

Goh Woan Tyug, the deputy secretary of the Save Pengerang Coalition, said had received a phone call from her mother at 6.30am this morning, informing her that her house, located at Kampung Jawa Laut, was found to have been splashed by two plastic bags full of red paint.

NONEAfter asking her mother to wait at the home to check out the matter further, Goh discovered that her car which was parked outside her Kampung Sungai Rengit home had also been splashed, but this time with sulphuric acid.

Goh, who is also a kindergarten teacher, explained she has been renting a room in Kampung Sungai Rengit for the sake of her job.

When contacted by Malaysiakini, she said that she and her mother have lodged police reports over the two incidents at the Pengerang and Sungai Rengit police stations respectively.

Anti-Rapid activist’s home and car splashed

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Malaysiakini

Pengerang folk sue gov’t over cemetery relocation
  • Wong Teck Chi
  • 4:41PM Aug 22, 2012

Four residents from Pengerang, Johor today filed a suit against the state government to prevent four Chinese cemeteries from being relocated to make way for a massive petrochemical plant.

The quartet are Chong Chun Yet, Chong Ah Sin, Lim Kui Hak and Hong Thian Haw. They have named the state government, the Kota Tinggi Land Office and the state economic planning unit as respondents.

They represented four Chinese cemeteries in Pengerang which will be acquired by the state government. In all, the state government has earmarked five Chinese cemeteries for relocation.

The four respondents are applying for a judicial review by the Johor Baru High Court to revoke the state government’s decision to relocate the four cemeteries on grounds that the cemeteries, all over a century old, were heritage sites.

The residents were represented by lawyers Chia Kwok Wei, Jimmy Puah and Hassan Karim

In their application statement, the quartet claimed they have submitted forms to the National Heritage Department on Aug 8 to nominate the four cemeteries as national heritage sites.

Pengerang folk sue gov’t over cemetery relocation

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Malaysian Insider

Johor government to meet Pengerang residents over Rapid

 August 21, 2012

MUAR, Aug 21 — The Johor government will hold a meeting with about 2,000 residents of Pengerang, whose land was acquired for the construction of a Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) complex.

Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman (picture) said during the meeting to be held early next month, the government would brief the residents on the relevant National Land Code provisions.

“They will have an opportunity to hear evaluations from the side of the authorities, which they have a right to,” he told reporters at his Aidilfitri open house at Sungai Mati, Ledang today.

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Malaysian Insider

Muslim graves to be relocated for Pengerang project

August 21, 2012

JOHOR BARU, Aug 21 — Muslim graves would be relocated to make way for the construction of the RM60 billion Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Complex (RAPID) project in Pengerang.

A statement issued by the office of Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman here today said the new site of the graves has been identified.

Muslim graves to be relocated for Pengerang project

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Malaysian Insider

No Muslim graves shifted for Pengerang project, says Ghani

August 20, 2012

JOHOR BARU, Aug 20 — The Johor mentri besar has clarified there has been no relocation of Muslim graves to make way for the construction of the RM60 billion Refinery and Petrochemical Intergrated Complex (Rapid) project in Pengerang.

In a statement issued here today, Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman also clarified that the state government was working closely with the Chinese associations to find an amicable solution to the relocation of Chinese cemeteries.

“There has been no relocation of Muslim graves. As for Chinese cemeteries, the state government is working closely with Chinese associations to find an amicable solution to the relocation of the graves,” he said.

The mentri besar was responding to media reports on the Rapid project and the relocation of Chinese graves by Johor MCA deputy chairman Datuk Hoo Seong Chang yesterday.

No Muslim graves shifted for Pengerang project, says Ghani

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Malaysian Insider

Johor MCA deputy chief to meet family members of deceased over relocation of graves

August 19, 2012

JOHOR BARU, Aug 19 — Efforts to locate and meet the family members of the over 3,000 Chinese graves in Pengerang would start after Hari Raya, said Johor MCA deputy chairman Datuk Hoo Seong Chang.

Hoo, who was tasked by MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek to look into the matter, said he would have to meet with the state government about the matter first.

This was because the state government has its own ongoing mechanism on the relocation of the graveyards and dwellers there, he said.

“We will have to study and understand the mechanism to determine where and when is the right time for me to intervene,” he told reporters at Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman’s Hari Raya open house here today.

The graves were to be relocated to make way for the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID).

He said that registration of the family members of the deceased would take time because while some were still staying in Pengerang, many had moved out to other districts and states.

Hoo said he would also seek the approval and advice from graveyard associations before doing so.

“Hopefully, the family members will be willing to cooperate with us,” he said.

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Johor MCA deputy chief to meet family members of deceased over relocation of graves

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Confrontation erupted during a seminar held by UPEN Johor at Sg Rengit, Pengerang today. Angry residents were questioning Pengerang MCA chairman Tan Yong Seng for his betrayal of their homeland. Residents asked ‘do MCA betray the community and helping others to destroy the whole village?’Maybe this photograph is far from Pulitzer Prize, but it will definitely become the classic image for ANTI-PETROCHEMICAL MOVEMENT!
愤怒的边佳兰人和边佳兰马华区会主席陈勇成对峙,他们质问马华为何出卖村民,甘愿成为灭村的帮凶。Confrontation erupted during a seminar held by UPEN Johor at Sg Rengit, Pengerang today. Angry residents were questioning MCA Pengerang Division chairman Tan Yong Seng for his betrayal of their homeland. Residents asked ‘do MCA betray the community and helping others to destroy the whole village?’
UPEN Johor telah mengadakan satau talimat di SJKC Yok Poon, Sg Rengit untuk perkembangan Projek RAPID.

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Pengerang Exhibition
Photos from The Green Patriots album courtesy of Frank Tan Poh Peng

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The Green Patriots at Pengerang, 4 August 2012

Mr. Wong Tack, gives a speech at Pengerang on Aug 4, 2012.

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Come join us at 27/07/2012, 8pm at Sekilau Restaurant, Kuantan for the sharing session of 5 Taiwanese activists on their experience in resisting environmentally hazardous projects.

For further information, pls call Mr. Wong (010-9020925) or Mr. Pang (016-9154400)

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PETRONAS is spearheading the development of Project RAPID; the creation of a Refinery And Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID).

RAPID is estimated to cost about RM60 billion and will comprise…….a further development of about 22 mini petrochemical complexes is a major downstream oil, gas and petrochemical project in Pengerang,

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Malaysiakini

Johor yet to accept Taiwan’s ‘reject petrochem project’
1:08PM Jul 31, 2012

The Johor state government has clarified that the letter of undertaking it signed with Taiwan’s Kuokuang Petrochemical Technology Co on the construction of a RM35 billion petrochemical complex in Pengerang is not equal to a final approval.

Yesterday, Johor Menteri Besar Abdul Ghani Othman (left) unprecedentedly issued a Chinese statement, stressing that the state government will ensure the project does not bring a huge impact to the environment and surrounding residents before giving its final green light.

The signing of the letter of undertaking with the Taiwanese corporation on July 9 has further escalated the protest by Pengerang residents, who fear that the project would jeopardise their livelihood and the environment.

The proposed venture is part of Petronas’ Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) project in Pengerang, a mega project under the Economic Transformation Programme to transform southern Johor into a refining and petrochemical centre.

azlanAccording to Oriental Daily News, Abdul Ghani said the letter of undertaking only allows Kuokuang to conduct an investment feasibility study and land survey.

The letter also requires Kuokuang to conduct an environmental impact assessment to identify whether the plant is suitable to be established at Pengerang.

“We reiterated that the letter of undertaking does not guarantee Kuokuang the approval to invest in Pengerang. The final decision of the state government depends on whether Kuokuang can comply with the laws and regulations of Johor and Malaysia, as well as the requests of society particularly on environment, health and safety.”

Abdul Ghani stressed that the state government is concerned about the environmental impact, hence it is now working closely with the Department of Environment to ensure Kuokuang abides with all laws and regulations.

“Unless Kuokuang has fulfilled all the requirements, and all relevant authorities also agree that the project will not bring a huge impact to the environment and the safety of surrounding residents, the state government will not approve this investment,” the statement stated.

Johor yet to accept Taiwan’s ‘reject petrochem project’

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Come join us at 27/07/2012, 8pm at Sekilau Restaurant, Kuantan for the sharing session of 5 Taiwanese activists on their experience in resisting environmentally hazardous projects.
For further information, pls call Mr. Wong (010-9020925) or Mr. Pang (016-9154400)

由小亭电影主办,反莱纳斯联盟联办的台湾反国光石化/公害经验分享会邀请到了以下五位主讲者:1. 蔡嘉阳(彰化县环境保护联盟前理事长)
2. 施月英(彰化县环境保护联盟总干事)
3. 甘宸宜(白海豚台湾妈祖鱼保育联盟执行长、环境信託)
4. 陈秉亨(反六轻、七轻、八轻)
5. 林进郎(反台塑六轻与国光石化,渔民)这一次,我们邀请到5名来自台湾且拥有多年参与环保与反公害运动的社运领袖来到关丹分享他们反国光石化的经历,让关丹反公害运动从中学习与借鉴。这五位主讲者专程从台湾过来马来西亚,将会前往边佳兰考察,与当地居民交流,之后前来关丹莱纳斯厂考察,并于27日晚上与关丹市民分享他们参与反公害运动的经验、心得。入场免费,诚邀所有关丹市民出席此分享会。任何疑问,请联系黄先生(0109020925) 以及彭先生(0169154400)
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Sponsored by the….and the anti-Lynas Union Liaison Office in Taiwan, anti-Kuo Kuang Petrochemical have  invited the following five keynote speakers:A. Caijia Yang (Changhua County Environmental Protection Union, the former chairman)
Shi Yueying (Changhua County Environmental Protection Union, the Director-General)
Gan Chen Yi (white dolphins Taiwan Matsu Fish Conservation Union chief executive, the Environmental Trust)
Chen Bingheng (anti-six light, seven light, eight light)
Lin Jinlang (anti Formosa Plastics Group’s sixth naphtha Kuo Kuang Petrochemical, fishermen)This time, we invited five from Taiwan and has years of participation in environmental protection and anti-nuisance movement of social movement leaders came to Kuantan to share their experience of anti-Kuo Kuang Petrochemical, the Kuantan anti-nuisance movement from and learn from.Five keynote speakers come from Taiwan, made ​​a special trip to Malaysia, will go to the side of good blue inspection, communication with local residents, and then come off Danlainasi plant inspection, and the evening of the 27th and the people of Kuantan to share their involvement in anti-nuisance campaign experience, experience.Admission is free, invite For Dan public to attend the sharing session. Any questions, please contact Mr. Wong (0109020925), and Pang (0169154400)

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Taiwan outsourcing Pollution to Malaysia? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jens Kastners
Friday, 27 July 2012
Taiwan's protesters: Is Malaysia next?

Taiwan’s protesters: Is Malaysia next?

After protest stalls giant petrochemical in Taiwan, plans are to build it in Malaysia

A long-running saga has come to the end for a US$12.8 billion attempt by the Kuokuang petrochemical company , which is owned by Taiwan’s 43% state-controlled CPC Group, to build a refinery for the production of petrochemical products such as ethylene, benzene, toluene and xylene. It is the victim of environmental protest. The government instead is now seeking to export its environmental problem to Malaysia.

In early July, the state-run oil refiner CPC Corp, without fanfare, signed an investment agreement with Malaysia’s Johor state government to build the integrated refinery and petrochemical plant in the village of Pengerang, Johor. Preceding the move was close to a decade of fierce environmental protest in Taiwan, forcing the island’s government to choose between major business interests on the one side and nature and health on the other.

In April 2011, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou opted for the latter, and last month an obviously upbeat Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak announced that an undisclosed Taiwan-based petrochemicals firm had agreed to invest in a new integrated complex in the south of the country.

But for Taiwan’s manufacturing industries, which need the plant to ensure smooth supply for the production chain, the Malaysia twist augurs the emergence of an acceptable solution. But it may be another case for Malaysia, where equally fierce environmental protest has stalled a US$850 million rare earth processing plant being built by Australia’s Lynas Corp. near the east coast city of Kuantan and made the plant a potent political issue.

There is little doubt that Kuokuang’s implementation would help drive the Malaysian economy and aid in Najib’s effort to build a regional petrochemical hub in its quest to compete with Singapore.  However, the Taiwanese must ask themselves whether their economy can cope with the precedent of environmentalists driving out a major infrastructure operation that is clearly needed by the rest of the island’s business community.

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But are they welcome in Malaysia?

While Malaysia’s Najib was obviously encouraged by winning the plant, there already have been indicators that in Pengerang an environmental storm has begun brewing. Last month saw hundreds of residents rallying against the Kuokuang project, claiming that it would bring severe pollution of air, land and sea, along with land seizures from reluctant villagers and would require relocation of residents, the town’s Mandarin school as well as a graveyard containing nearly 3,000 tombs. Also the recent developments surrounding the Lynas case inevitably comes to mind.

In addition an enthusiastic group of Taiwanese environmentalists, who last year fought it out to the end for the Changhua dolphins, has since been spotted at Pengerang beach, fraternizing with their local counterparts.

But Yang Yungnane, director of Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University’s Research Center for Science & Technology Governance, is cautiously optimistic that the case is about to be settled to the liking of the government of Malaysia and Taiwan as well as the business world.

“There might be a risk if local environmental groups are strong enough to make the protest getting recognition from the Malaysian public,” Yang said. “But the likelihood that the project passes is higher than it being rejected.”

Taiwan outsourcing Pollution to Malaysia?

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Malaysiakini

‘Petrochemical project may shorten lifespan of M’sians’
  • Lee Way Loon
  • 1:28PM Jul 26, 2012

Citing an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study, a group of Taiwanese environmental activists have urged Malaysia to be wary of the damage that may be caused by the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) project in Pengerang, Johor.

taiwan environmentalist giving talks pengerangThe EIA study, conducted by Taiwan Chung Hsing University’s Environmental Engineering Department professor Tsuang Ben Jei in 2010, showed that the average life span of the people islandwide will decrease by 23 days if the Kuokuang petrochemical project was to be launched.

This gave rise to a huge anti-Kuokuang movement, which led the Taiwanese government to scrap the controversial project in 2011.

Since then, the state-owned Kuokuang Petrochemical Technology Co had announced that it would consider reviving the project in Malaysia.

NONESpeaking to reporters in an joint interview on Tuesday, Taiwan anti-Kuokuang activist Chen Ping Heng (left) warned that that the project may be more harmful to Malaysia as the size of the Rapid project in Pengerang is much bigger than the shelved Taiwan Kuokuang project.

Kuokuang is only one of the investors in the Rapid project, which is estimated to acquire some 22,500 acres of land, affecting up to 15 villages in Pengerang.

“Taiwanese were estimated to have their life shortened by 23 days because of the air pollution, but the project here is much bigger than in Taiwan which means the damage will be more serious,” said Chen.

Chen is currently visiting Malaysia with five other Taiwan environmental activists under the invitation of Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH).

azlanThe other five are Grace Kan, Shy Yueh Ing, Chien Yu Chun, Lin Jin Lang and Cai Jia Yang.

They visited Pengerang and shared their experience with Malaysian civil society before heading back to Taiwan.

However the activists were harassed by the police in the wee hours of last night.

After forcibly ending a dialogue between them and Pengerang residents, police took the Taiwanese visitors to the local police station and questioned them for one hour.

‘Petrochemical project may shorten lifespan of M’sians’

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Malaysiakini

Pengerang police question Taiwanese activists
  • Lee Weng Keat
  • 12:12PM Jul 26, 2012

Six Taiwanese environmental activists visiting Pengerang in Johor to support local residents in their anti-petrochemical complex movement were harassed by the police in the wee hours of last night.

After forcibly ending a dialogue between them and Pengerang residents, police took the Taiwanese visitors to the local police station and questioned them for one hour.

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According to independent documentary maker Chou Z Lam, who was at the dialogue, plainclothes police from the Special Branch, carrying video cameras, appeared at a local temple where the dialogue was to be held long before it started at 7pm.

Police also set up a roadblock not far from the temple but it failed to deter some 500 residents from attending the dialogue.Residents forced to end session at 10.30pm

About 10.30pm, police forced the residents to end the dialogue.

Kota Tinggi district police chief Che Mahazam Che Aik ordered the six activists to follow him to Sungai Rengit for questioning but the local residents opposed this on grounds that the police had no reason to order them, nor arrest warrants.

The stand-off continued until 11.30pm when government personnel believed to be immigration officers turned up.

A compromise was reached after Che Mahazam gave his assurance that no one would be arrested.

The six activists were taken to the police station around 12.15am today and released after an hour of questioning.

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Chou also said the tyres on two cars, one belonging to a local resident the other to Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall chief executive officer Tang Ah Chai, who was host to the Taiwanese activists, had been punctured last night.

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The harassment, residents said, began yesterday when documentaries on the Kuokuang petrochemical plant the activists brought with them were screened in public in Pengerang.

Last night, about a dozen Special Branch personnel in plainclothes appeared and recorded the event but did not interfere.

Six Taiwanese environmental activists visiting Pengerang in Johor to support local residents in their anti-petrochemical complex movement were harassed by the police

www.malaysiakini.com/news/204665

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What are the pengerang folks doing?

Posted on March 17, 2012 by admin

Pengerang folks rally against gas refinery

The sleepy town of Pengerang, Johor today saw some 200 people holding a short protest against Petronas’ plans to set up a gas refinery in Pengerang, Johor.

Protestors are worried that the RM20 billion Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) would pollute the environment.

They are also worried that the Rapid plant would affect sea fishing activities, which is the main source of income for the locals.

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Malaysia Oil & Gas by JPM

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 16:35

Petronas Rapid to attract M$120B investments – ALERT

According to the New Straits Times, the Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical
Integrated Development (Rapid) project in Pengerang is expected to attract
M$120B in investments in the next 5-6 years, following the official launch by
the Sultan of Johor. Cumulative investments are higher than earlier estimates
of M$96B. This reinforces our positive view on the Malaysian oil & gas
sector, poised for multi-year growth. Dialog remains our top pick.
· Taiwanese company could potentially set up another oil
refinery/naphtha cracker. PM Najib said the project has drawn the interest
of a Taiwan-based petrochemicals company, which is conducting an
investment study to build an integrated oil and petrochemical complex
estimated at US$10-12B (M$30.7-36.9B), with a refinery capacity of
150,000bpd and a naphtha cracker with 800,000 tonne capacity p.a. Earlier,
Petronas proposed to build a 300,000bpd refinery and a 3MM tonnes p.a.
naphtha cracker. Kuo Kuang has proposed to take part in the project.

· Rapid is an important project under the ETP. Rapid is one of the entry
point projects under the M$1.4T Economic Transformation Programme to
turn Southern Johor into a new refining and petrochemical centre in
Malaysia. A detailed feasibility study was completed in Oct 2011, and the
project has since progressed to a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED)
stage, but a final investment decision (FID) is only expected by mid-2013.
Meanwhile, Petronas is finalising the selection of potential partners and
licensors for the various facilities within the project. The site topographical
survey and soil investigation work have been completed, while the
Environmental Impact Assessment Study (EIA) is currently being
performed. Except for pre-FID works, no other contract has been awarded.
Petronas will likely begin pre-qualification exercise for various tender
packages for the project in stages, the earliest of which is expected to be
held in 3Q 2012.

· Dialog (DLG MK), our top pick, is a prime beneficiary. In our view,
Dialog stands to be a prime beneficiary as the Rapid project complements
Dialogs plans to build the M$5B 5MM m3 Pengerang independent
deepwater terminal at Pengerang. So far, Phase 1 construction is underway.
Upon completion, Dialog will be the largest independent tank farm owner in
Asia, with total gross capacity of 6.4MM m3, raising total gross capacity by
more than 8x within the next seven years. Dialog should benefit from three
bites of the cherry: 1) EPCC revenues from construction of terminals,
storage tanks, and downstream facilities, 2) recurring revenues from rental
of tank terminal, and 3) plant maintenance services.

· Petronas Chemicals (PCG MK) a beneficiary too. Our regional
petrochemicals analyst Samuel Lee thinks Petronas Chemicals is a
beneficiary of parent company Petronas’ capex spending, as this will lead to
access to feedstock for further capacity expansion (most regional
petrochemical producers need to rely on 3rd party sourcing for feedstock).

Sasin Bangkok Forum – Malaysia Oil & Gas by JPM

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Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID)

Announcements – 13 June 2011
Oil, Gas and Energy

PETRONAS is spearheading the development of Project RAPID; the creation of a Refinery And Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID).

  • Investment
    RM60 billion

Still at the detailed feasibility study stage, RAPID is estimated to cost about RM60 billion and will comprise a crude oil refinery with a refining capacity of 300,000 barrels-per-day, a naphtha cracker with a combined annual production capacity of approximately three million tonnes of ethylene, propylene, C4 and C5 olefins and a further development of about 22 mini petrochemical complexes is a major downstream oil, gas and petrochemical project in Pengerang, Johor. RAPID will be the largest green-field investment; not only for PETRONAS in the downstream sector but also within the Asia Pacific region. The recommended development site at Pengerang is also strategically located to access regional demand centres, near international shipping lanes, deepwater port facilities and complement existing refineries and petrochemical hubs within Malaysian eastern corridor and Singapore.

RAPID is set to leverage on opportunities opened up by global mega trends in technological advancements, increasing consumer awareness and affluence. Through this project, PETRONAS is set to further expand and diversify its petrochemical business through volume growth, a more diversified product base and more importantly, a greater focus on premium specialty chemicals industry in the vibrant Asia Pacific market.

Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) … complexes is a major downstream oil, gas and petrochemical project in Pengerang, Johor.

etp.pemandu.gov.my/…Update-@-Refinery_And_Petrochemical… – Cached

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