Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Storm is Imminent

On September 14, 2012, at least eight thousand people came to Skudai, Johore to listen to Anwar Ibrahim speak. This kind of turnout is bound to send shivers down the ranks of BN. I can just visualize Chua Soi Lek and son quavering and quivering and acting out to the awful imperatives of a mental breakdown!

Two observers, a veteran journalist and a former journalist, were mesmerized by the diversity of people present, with all ethnic groups significantly represented. The former had marveled: “They were completely unfazed by the heavy presence of police. And they hung on to Anwar’s every word until midnight.”

Listen to Anwar’s speech:

Johor has 26 parliamentary seats. At present, the BN holds 25 seats and Pakatan (DAP) has one. The BN’s seats are held by UMNO (16), MCA (7), MIC (1) and Gerakan (1).

As I have said this morning, a storm is imminent.

Still on Johore – this time the Penggerang projects that are raising alarm. It is idiotic nonsense to tell the residents that the choice is between a petrochemical monster that spews pollutants and remaining as a fishing village for the next 1,000 years. The statement made last Thursday by Dialog executive chairperson Ngau Boon Keat, is certainly inappropriate because it means he does not have empathy with the fishermen and their families.

Dialog Group is partnering with the Johore government and Dutch company Royal Vopak to invest up to RM4.08 million for the development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage, loading and regasification terminal to import LNG for trading purposes and domestic use. Dialog is also behind the RM5 billion Pengerang Independent Deepwater Petroleum Terminal (PIDPT) undertaking. And not forgetting the RM60 billion Refinery and Petrochemicals Integrated Development Project (Rapid), which is a Petronas venture.

All these projects will destroy not just the environment but the locals’ livelihood. Penggerang residents are up in arms but does the government care?

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