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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Kinsik: Chan, don't simply blindly shoot, get your facts right!

SANDAKAN - Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) claimed misinformation or ignorance had led Sabah DAP Secretary Chan Foong Hin to make blatant accusations against its President over the so-called failed energy projects in Sabah.

“He was either misinformed or fed with the wrong information,” said PBS Vice President Datuk Daniel Kinsik, today.

Kinsik, who was the Political Secretary to the then Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) Minister and now PBS president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, also advised Chan to get his facts right before blatantly accusing PBS President of the alleged wrongdoings.

Correcting Chan’s allegations, he said award and project management of the Trans-Sabah gas pipeline was under the Ministry of Finance and the Economic Planning Unit (EPU).

“It was not under KeTTHA, as publicly informed. So was the Tawau Green Energy (TGE) project, which was approved before Ongkili’s tenure as the energy minister.

“It’s a private sector project and every effort was done by the government to assist and ensure the project succeed,” he noted.

The project ran into problems due to complication on the private sector funding of the energy company.

He said the company completed its first phase of well drilling work, so Chan’s allegation that there was nothing done on the project is not true.

“As for the so-called solar schools  project in Sarawak, the project waa under the Ministry of Education with direct funding by the Minustry of Finance. KeTTHA was not involved at all … which means Chan was again misinformed on this matter,” he said.
Kinsik (right) doing the #hi5 sign along with PBS President Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili (middle) and PBS candidate Datuk Linda Tsen Thau Lin. SNT Pix/Credit PBS

As regards to the upgrading of the Sabah transmission line and developing a complete loop, called the Southern Grid, the project was planned some five years back and was already identified for funding in later half of the current 11th Malaysia Plan.

On the decision to surrender the Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) to the Sabah Government, this was already decided by the Barisan Nasional government before the 14th general election, as publicly announced.

Kinsik said Chan can check the Federal Cabinet minutes on the matter, stressing that the Pakatan Harapan government had just simply endorsed the decision, which is now stalled.

“Chan also mentioned small solar and mini hydro projects in remote villages of Sabah. What he needs to know is that these were on-going projects carried out by the Rural and Regional Development Ministry (KKLW) in the last 12 years. These projects were not under the purview of KeTTHA.

“He (Chan) should pick a lesson or two from Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal because these were his (Shafie) pet projects when he was the then KKLW Minister.

“So my friend Chan, it’s best to get the facts right so we can all comment smartly on Sabah energy status and needs, so together we can truly build the state’s energy future together,” Kinsik advised.-SabahNewsToday

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