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KUALA LUMPUR (May 8): The Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry (KeTTHA) has assured uninterrupted power supply during the electoral process in the 14th General Election (GE14) tomorrow.


Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has provided a total of 189 sets of mobile generators as back-up and placed them at all polling stations and vote-tallying centres to ensure a smooth electoral process.

"TNB has taken the necessary steps to ensure that there are no incidents of power supply disruption that can jeopardise the smooth running of the electoral process. The steps were taken before nomination started and are well in place for tomorrow.

"Technical personnel from TNB are also ready to ensure continuous power supply during the electoral process process and operations rooms in each state have also been activated," he said in a statement here today.

Consumers are also advised to contact TNB's one-stop centre via Facebook, TNB CareLine or to contact 15454 for any complaints and feedback.

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Don't forget your MyKad and tissues, Maximus says

KOTA KINABALU: Don’t forget your MyKad and tissues on May 9, says Kota Marudu MP Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.

He said these two things were important for those wanting to vote on polling day.
“These two things are important. One ensures you are eligible to vote and the other will make sure your vote counts,” he said during a gathering at Kampung Nolotan in Kota Marudu on Tuesday.
The Energy, Green Technology and Water minister said that the MyKad is the only document recognised by Election Commission personnel to identify registered voters.
“The tissue, or handkerchief, is to cover your inked finger to prevent it from smudging the ballot papers,” Maximus said.
The Kota Maradu incumbent said that a little smudge could compromise the ballot paper.
He also reminded voters to be careful “when marking the ‘X’ on their ballot papers”, stressing that every vote counted. 
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Sabah BN can win GE14 if component parties show solidarity — Najib

KOTA MARUDU (May 7): Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) can win the 14th general election (GE14) if all the BN component parties showed solidarity regardless of who the candidates are.

Hence, the BN chairman said the BN machinery in Sabah should continue to work hard to achieve a clean sweep in the general election on Wednesday.

"This morning I made a visit to Keningau, before meeting the people in Beaufort and later with the people in Kota Marudu here. I saw a very encouraging and conducive atmosphere ...this is a positive sign for BN."

"So I don't see any reason that the BN cannot win on condition all the component parties jointly support whoever are contesting as candidates, because they are BN candidates."

"There is a place (seat) for PBS candidates, a place for UMNO candidates and also places for other parties (component). Most importantly BN must win and form the government," he said at a media conference after Kota Marudu parliamentary constituency meet-the-people session here today.

Also present were Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who is also PBS president and BN candidate for Tambunan state seat, PBS deputy president Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili, who is also BN candidate for Kota Marudu parliamentary seat, BN candidate for Tandek state seat Datuk Anita Baranting and BN candidate for Matunggong state seat Julita Majunki.

Najib said he focused on Sabah because he had warm ties and feelings to continue developing the state.

"Dr Mahathir did not visit Sabah because he did not get support in Sabah...this is because of his track record of 22 years (as prime minister) Sabahans will not forget, he (Mahathir) forgot but the people of Sabah will not forget."

"That's why he (Mahathir) depends on other parties in Sabah. As the prime minister, I take a different approach and I regard Sabah as a true partner and the Sabahans need to advance to narrow the development gap between Sabah and the peninsula with the whole of Malaysia to be considered a developed nation in the near future," he said.

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Maximus presents incentives to 82 pupils scoring at least 3As in UPSR

KOTA MARUDU: Scoring at least three As in last year’s Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) paid off well for 82 pupils when they were rewarded for their hard work.


At a simple ceremony today, these pupils were awarded RM100 cash for each A scored, which is part of the incentive mooted by the incumbent member of parliament here Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili about five years ago.

“Initially, the incentive was given for each A scored, but beginning last year, we decided to be slightly strict and award only those who scored 3As and above in the UPSR,” said Ongkili at the presentation at Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Khoi Ming hall, here.

Also present were incumbent and Barisan Nasional candidate for N5 Tandek Datuk Anita Baranting and District Education Officer Datu Akdan Datu Basran.

Ongkili expressed satisfaction over the positive development, noting that they had met the objective to encourage rural pupils to excel in their studies.

Of the figure, nine pupils scored straight 6As, while 11 others scored 5As, followed by 21 4As scorer, and 41 others scored 3As.

Ongkili, through his Member of Parliament fund and donations, presented RM100 for each A scored, this year totalling RM31, 600.

“This is a healthy development and I believe we have met the objective to encourage pupils in rural schools here to score at least an A,” he said.

In addition, another RM33,000 was presented to 33 Parents Teachers Associations here to carry out motivational programmes.

Ongkili, meanwhile encourage parents to work closely with their children’s teachers, adding that with the right guidance and support, coupled with good learning environment, rural pupils can also excel in their studies.

“Some of the top scorers last year came from far-flung schools. They are forced to walk for hours to their schools, and yet, they were able to perform well in their UPSR.

“Such motivational programmes may look small but it offers big impact on the children, especially their studies,” he said.

Ongkili also reminded parents not to misuse the incentives given to their children.

“It is meant to buy your children’s education supplies,” he said.

Meanwhile, Datu Akdan said that the UPSR performance here showed improvement with an increased of 3.40 per cent, from 49.93 per cent in 2016 to 51.70 per cent last year.

“Last year, at least two schools recorded 100 per cent passes for Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) namely SMK Tansek and SMK Kota Marudu, with two students scoring four flats in their examination.

“Kota Marudu topped the northern zone in terms of sports and academic, and came out fourth in sports this year from 24 districts statewide,” he noted.

This, Datu Akdan said, was possible due to the change of attitude amongst students, adding there was zero discipline cases recorded here.

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RM5 billion fund to develop green industry

KUDAT: A RM5 billion fund has been allocated under the Green Technology Financing Scheme (GTFS) 2.0 to spur green technology industrial growth in the next five years.

Launched by Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, the GTFS attracted participation from 28 financial institutions since it was introduced in 2010.

Its objective is to help finance green project nationwide such as energy, construction, transportation, water and waste.

“As of last year, RM3.5 billion funding has been approved by finance institutions to support 319 green projects throughout the nation.

“Of the figure, 37 projects were implemented in Sabah with a total of RM288 million funding. Nine of them (37 projects) are in Kudat involving RM59 million funding,” said Maximus at the launch of GTFS 2.0 here today.

In addition to the conventional funding, he said GTFS 2.0 also offered attractive package via issuance of bond with maximum limit of RM300 million for each company – 15 years for manufacturing company and 10 years for consumer company.

The RM5 billion funding under GFTS 2.0, announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in October last year, was a continuation from the initial GTFS introduced eight years ago.

The allocation provided by the government under the scheme increased from RM1.5 billion in 2010 to RM3.5 billion in 2012.

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In Kota Marudu political merry-go-round, BN’s Ongkili seeks to keep seat for sixth term

KOTA MARUDU, May 3 — The giant replica of a cob of corn atop the traffic circle at the intersection between the northern Sabah districts of Kudat and Kota Marudu has long been a landmark to visitors amid the forest of oil palm plantations that stretch as far as the eye can see.

But the signature crop of the Rungus ethnic community has been barely visible this past week. Political party flags and posters, bearing the faces of electoral contenders for the Kota Marudu district 130km from Kota Kinabalu, have encircled the giant cob entirely.

There are flags from at least five different political parties and eight candidates’ posters surrounding the area, with incumbent Kota Marudu MP Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili and the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) flags dominating in numbers.

It is indicative of the PBS’s deputy president’s will and desire to retain the KDM seat he had narrowly won by a 842-vote margin in Election 2013.

KDM is the political term used to describe the voting bloc of Kadazandusun, Murut and Momogun ethnic groups. They are also generally, but not always accurately, known as non-Muslim Bumiputera.

Ongkili’s closest challenger in the last election was PKR’s Maijol Mahap, who is again contesting, but this time on a Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah ticket. There is also Parti Warisan Sabah’s Barlus Mangabis and Parti Cinta Sabah’s Paul Porodong, making it a four-corner fight for this seat.

Before the elections, political observers predicted that Ongkili, who is the caretaker federal energy, green technology and water minister, would be able to defend his seat for the sixth term if internal political factors could be avoided.

But a closer look on the ground suggests that party sabotage is not the only factor to consider as Ongkili, one of six Sabahan federal ministers in the recent Cabinet, has some hit and misses with the voters of Kota Marudu.

A divided constituency

In the agricultural town of Kota Marudu, the tallest building in town is four floors high and there is one KFC and Pizza Hut where families go when they feel like splurging. There are people in their 50s sitting around in coffee shops, and young children running around, but very few young adults are seen.

In a rural community where 80 per cent of the people are small-time farmers, a candidate’s ability to meet voters and make personal contact is imperative and generosity is even more appreciated.

A 55-year-old businessman who did not want to be named due to his position as a PBS branch chief, lamented that he does not see much of Ongkili in the constituency in the last five years.

“Since he became a minister, he’s been hard to come by. During his open house, we didn’t get to see much of him. In a small town like this, people remember small gestures of generosity, especially when they’re going through tough times, like now.

“Say for instance, you help repair or fix a church here. There are about 10 to 20 families who go there. When people notice the change, they’ll ask, and they’ll hear your name. We remember things like this, no matter how small,” he said.

Another voter, a 52-year-old from Kampung Marak Parak, said that his entire life in Kota Marudu, the socio-economic status of the people has not changed and have perhaps gotten even worse as living costs shoot up.

“Most of us are subsistence farmers or fishermen. We sell some of the produce but by and large live very modestly. Ongkili has been the elected rep for over 20 years now, and not much has changed,” he said.

The two are part of the 32,382 or 69 per cent of non-Muslim natives of Dusun and Rungus groups in Kota Marudu while about 28 per cent, or 13,395 are Muslim natives of Bajau descent.

Along Jalan Langkon-Pitas roadside, a Bajau family is selling some fish caught from Kudat and homemade penjaram and donuts. When asked, they were quick to say that they will likely vote for the “scales” again, referring to the BN logo.

“We’ve been doing that all this time. I don’t feel like we have a choice. We don’t really know the Opposition. And we’ve been with BN all our lives,” said Jenali Ali, 60.

When asked what she liked about Ongkili and the ruling government, she chewed on her betel leaves for a long time before answering.

“I don’t really know. I haven’t met him. Our kids get school books and uniforms, I think. We get BR1M, so that’s something. To say we don’t get anything from the government is not right.

“But at the same time, life is tough. Some days we earn just RM20 from selling kuih. From the time I was young, till now, we are still like this,” she said, adding that it was still a peaceful place to live.

But not everyone is complaining. Just a few hours earlier, chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman presented long-awaited native communal titles to some 6,739 acres of land to people from five villages.

Another 407 individuals from three villages received native titles under the Sabah Native Land Services programme totalling some 1,076 acres.

“I’m so relieved. We were worried that our application would not be granted and the land would be given to the timber companies around us. As it is, they surround our kampung now,” said Rimi Majahit.

The 29-year-old from Kampung Binontungan Suyad said he had applied for the land title “his whole life” from his parent’s time and was immensely grateful to the government after receiving it.

He said the next big request he had for the government was to upgrade a 55km stretch of road to his village that on bad days, took half a day to go through.

“We badly need this road to be tarred at least. It’s been like this since I was a primary school kid. You can’t go in without a good four-wheel-drive vehicle. I use a motorbike and it’s usually ruined within two years from using that road,” he said.

Majahit, however said that the village had tap water provided by the government and solar electricity from a non-governmental body.

Politics at play

The Kota Marudu parliamentary constituency consists of the state seat of Tandek and Matunggong.

Tandek incumbent assemblyman Datuk Anita Baranting from BN will contest Datuk Baintin Adun from Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan), Johnson Assan from Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS), and Joel Masilung from Parti Solidarity Tanah Airku (Star).

In Matunggong, PBS has chosen newcomer Julita Mojungki to contest the seat against PKR’s Sazalye Donol Abdullah, PCS’s Jornah Mozihim, Star’s Marunsai Dawai and Parti Kebangsaan Sabah’s Rahim Madhakong. Incumbent assemblyman Datuk Jelani Hamdan, who won on a PKR ticket but since defected back to Umno, will not be defending his seat.

Baranting is expected to retain her Tandek seat with ease, having previously won on a 5,275 majority in 2013 and also credited for helping with the granting of the land titles, which are mostly for villages in her constituency.

“She’s been seen to have contributed a lot to the community in the last five years. She has been visiting churches, going to weddings and funerals. She has a good track record,” said Gustin Sangki, a local political observer from Kampung Marak Parak.

“The problem lies with the Matunggong constituency. The incumbent’s history has created some ripple effects as a result, people are hesitant about voting for them now,” said Sangki.

PBS’s loss to Jelani was largely blamed on internal party strife whereby Jelani, a former Umno member had won on a 320 vote majority. He left PKR shortly after GE13 and declared himself a “pro-BN independent” until returning to Umno.

But Umno threw a wrench in BN’s takeback plan when its acting deputy president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi proposed that PBS “lend” the Matunggong seat, angering the PBS grassroots. But that public dispute has since been declared shut, and the local Umno division has been seen campaigning alongside the PBS candidates.

“With Julita being new, people don’t know her yet, so she needs party support. Whether she wins or loses, it will likely be on a narrow margin again. Hers in also a five-way fight, so that is also in her favour as people are confused about who to vote for,” said Sangki.

The two state constituencies are almost equal in terms of number of voters, — Tandek has 24,101 while Matunggong has 22,906. In these two areas, especially the latter, the Muslim bumi vote might be the decider.

Another case of split votes

Shop owner Ella, a Dusun Tobilung from Matunggong, said that she was a PBS member before but left politics because she was “fed up” of the nepotism in the ruling party.

She said that she had supported the party for years but when her house was razed in a fire three years ago and she asked for help from the Village Development and Security leader, she got nothing.

“I’ve given up on these politicians. I don’t mind voting for a regime change, after all it’s just for five years but it’s hard to make a decision who to vote for because there are so many parties around and you don’t know who to trust,”, she said.

In 2013, Ongkili’s narrow win was partly due to a split in votes from his four-way fight. Maijol had garnered 14,326 votes to Ongkili’s 15,168 while STAR’s Majamis Timbong took 2,228 votes.

This GE14 may see a repeat of the same with another four cornered fight, but Ongkili is facing tougher competition.

Maijol, a lawyer by profession and deputy president of Harapan has since come back for another shot at the seat.

“People recognise him by now, and he has a real shot at the seat especially with waning support from some people,” said the PBS branch chief.

Competition also comes in the form of Barlus, a former teacher from Kampung Marandang who has been in PBS and Umno before finding his political home in Warisan.

“Observing the current political scenario, I wanted to play a bigger role. I think the time is right for me now,” he said when contacted.

Barlus’ biggest draw is his party, which, although making waves in some areas of Sabah particularly in the east coast town of Semporna and Kadazan heartland of Penampang, has yet to be tested by battle.

Little known PCS, which plays on local KDM sentiments, has former Universiti Malaysia Sabah anthropology lecturer Paul Porodong using his Rungus roots to garner support.

Porodong, a newcomer to politics has substantial knowledge of the people’s culture and sentiments but voters have yet to respond to the party, who is also making its debut this GE14.

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There's a need to set up FT Water Department: Ongkili

KUALA LUMPUR: Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili today admitted that there is a need to set up the Federal Territories (FT) Water Department to solve the water woes in the capital.

He said the proposal to set up the department had already been discussed before, but some fine-tuning was needed to ensure that it would comply with the Water Service Industry Act 2006 (Act 655).

"Right now, the challenge is that all water pipes and infrastructure, including the water supply, are under the existing Selangor water concessionaires, but they have a lot of flaws and problems," he told reporters after the opening ceremony of the first meeting of the sixth term of the 13th Parliament here today.

However, the minister said the proposal to set up the FT Water Department could be implemented soon if there were sufficient water sources in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya to meet the demands of consumers, including through underground water supply, lakes and rain water harvesting.

"(We) need to ascertain first the amount of water that could be used as water sources for Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya ... the idea (to set up the water department) is good and yes, there is a need for that," he said.

Yesterday, FT Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the proposal to set up the water department had been submitted to the Cabinet and was awaiting decision from the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry.

It was reported earlier that Kuala Lumpur had wanted to have its own water department to enable it to be independent in water matters and not to depend on water supply from Selangor. — Bernama

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BN Kota Marudu Tubuh Jentera Pilihan Raya, Bersiap Sedia Adakan Latihan

KOTA MARUDU, 12 Feb (Bernama) -- Barisan Nasional (BN) Kota Marudu telah menubuhkan jentera pilihan rayanya di kesemua 57 daerah mengundi dan berada dalam keadaan bersedia untuk menjalani latihan.

"Kami sudah bersedia untuk menghadapi pilihan raya umum ke-14. Semua jentera kami sudah ditubuhkan...kesemuanya bersiap sedia untuk menghadapi 'hari besar' itu," kata ketuanya, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili di sini hari ini.

Bercakap kepada pemberita selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat BN Kota Marudu di ibu pejabatnya di Langkon di sini, Ongkili, yang juga Menteri Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air, berkata kawasan Parlimen Kota Marudu kini mempunyai 45,953 pemilih, yang terdiri daripada masyarakat Dusun, Rungus dan Bajau.

"Berdasarkan bancian terbaru, terdapat 22,326 pengundi berdaftar di Matunggong dan 23,627 pengundi di Tandek dalam daftar pemilih.

"Matlamat akhir kami sekarang ialah merampas kembali Matunggong serta mempertahankan kerusi Tandek dan Kota Marudu. Kami percaya penduduk kawasan berkenaan sudah mengambil pengajaran daripada beberapa tahun lepas," kata Ongkili, yang juga pemangku presiden Parti Bersatu Sabah dan anggota Parlimen Kota Marudu.

Menurut beliau, sokongan peringkat akar umbi terhadap BN juga semakin kukuh sejak empat tahun lepas.

Sementara itu, Ketua UMNO Bahagian Kota Marudu Datuk Wetrom Bahanda berkata parti itu sudah bersedia menghadapi pilihan raya umum, termasuk memastikan BN memenangi semua kerusi di kawasan itu.

"Ini mungkin mesyuarat terakhir kami sebagai persiapan menghadapi pilihan raya itu nanti.

Di pihak Umno, kami juga sudah mempersiapkan bilik gerakan kami dan sekiranya kepimpinan BN memanggil pilihan raya pada billa-bila masa pun, kami bersedia sepenuhnya untuk itu, " kata beliau kepada Bernama.

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‘Master plan to solve flooding’

KOTA KINABALU: An effective flood mitigation plan should be put in place to overcome perennial flooding in the northern Kota Marudu district.

Describing Kota Marudu as one of Sabah’s wettest districts, Kota Marudu MP Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said that major expenditure was needed to overcome the flooding through a flood mitigation plan.

Kota Marudu, which is one of the wettest districts in Sabah, was recently hit by floods. —filepic Read more at

“I believe a master plan should be put in place as it would finally put the flooding problems to rest here.

“Major capital investment to reduce the impact of floods will be much cheaper in the long run rather than ad-hoc remedial action to repair infrastructure and assist those affected by floods,” he said after visiting two flood-affected areas, Kampung Kuranji and Kampung Popok Laut, in the district’s Tandek area.






He said that RM1.6bil had been spent over the last decade to resolve the problem of flooding in Kota Marudu.

“Some of these action plans have been implemented, but the amount of capital expenditure allocated has not been sufficient.

“This is being raised at both the federal and state government levels,” he said.

Dr Ongkili, who is Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister, said it was important to resolve the problems soon.

“Kota Marudu always receives heavy rainfall.

“It has become common for floods to occur as water rushes down from the mountains and hills to Sungai Bandau and Kanarom,

“On the other hand, when there is two to three weeks of drought, there is insufficient river water at the district water treatment plants, thus clearly indicating the need to have water storage,” he added.

Hundreds were evacuated from their homes here due to floods following heavy rains earlier this week.

Source : TheStar
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Substantial Allocation Needed To Overcome Kota Marudu Floods - Ongkili

KOTA MARUDU: A substantial allocation is needed for Kota Marudu, which is among the wettest districts in the state to overcome frequent floodings, says Minister of Energy, Water and Green Technology Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.

He stressed on the need for an effective flood mitigation system, in addition to an existing master plan, which would finally put flooding problems in the district to rest.

“Plus, investment in capital expenditure to reduce the impact of floods will be much cheaper in the long run rather than ad-hoc remedial action to repair infrastructure and assist those affected by flood,” he said after visiting flood affected Kampung Kuranji and Kampung Popok Laut in Tandek here, today.

Also present were Kota Marudu District Officer Arnold Joibi, Kota Marudu Drainage and Irrigation Department engineer Frazer Duing, and representatives from government departments.

Ongkili, who is also Kota Marudu Member of Parliament said under the 11th Master Plan, RM96 million had been allocated to widen several main rivers in the district, as well as building wall retainers along riverbanks and straightening rivers, to mention some.

“At least RM1.6 billion had been spent over the last decade. Some of these action plans have been implemented, but the capital expenditure available has not been sufficient. These matters are being raised at both the federal and state government level,” he said.

He expressed confidence that the Barisan Nasional government would be able to find the best remedies to the problems.

“Kota Marudu always receive heavy rainfall. In major rivers like Sungai Bandau and Kanarom, during heavy downfall, flood from the mountain to the lowland has become a common occurrence.

“On the other hand, when there is two to three weeks of drought, there is insufficient river water at the district water treatment plants, thus clearly indicating the need to have water storage,” he said.

Hundreds were evacuated from their homes here due to flood following heavy rain the last few days, and rice and food packages were distributed by the Kota Marudu Member of Parliament office.

The affected residents have since returned home.


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Power supply for villagers after three-year wait

KOTA MARUDU: Kampung Minansad villagers’ three-year itch for power supply will end soon.

The delayed power connection due to a dispute between the state utility company Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB), Sawit Kinabalu Sdn Bhd and villagers, was resolved yesterday at a meeting chaired by Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, here.

“It was a wayleave issue, which created a dispute between the three parties. It was a project under the Rural and Regional Development Ministry in 2014, involving residents of Kampung Minansad, costing some RM51.8 million.

“Upon completion about a year later, the distribution line was unable to be energised due to objection by Sawit Kinabalu as these residents had no authorisation to occupy the land.

“Only a few structures, including several houses, public facilities like community hall and a cultural centre, were allowed to occupy the land. As a result, SESB was not allowed to energise the distribution line until the matter was resolved,” Ongkili said.

The Kota Marudu MP said the wayleave was finally granted by Sawit Kinabalu to all residents, expect for four occupants pending further discussion on their occupancy on the land.

He said the distribution line would be energised within the next two weeks after testing and safety certification of the line was acquired.

“I thank Sawit Kinabalu for the cooperation and  for the people for patiently waiting for power.

“Any problem faced by the people can be solved by the government, if we follow the proper channel. Unlike the opposition who would just bark, just to make noise, to win the people’s sympathies while brainwashing them to hate the government,” said Ongkili.

After the meeting, Ongkili also visited the affected area.

Source : TheBorneoPost

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Malaysia on track to reach 50pc RE goal by 2050

KUALA LUMPUR: MALAYSIA is well on its way to reach the 50 per cent renewable energy (RE) target by 2050, with current levels at 21.67 per cent (7,271 megawatt).

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili said while current efforts included hydro power, solar energy, biomass and biogas, the ministry was also looking into tapping wind, geothermal and wave power potential.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili said while current efforts included hydro power, solar energy, biomass and biogas, the ministry was also looking into tapping wind, geothermal and wave power potential. [NSTP/MOHAMAD SHAHRIL BADRI SAALI]

Citing the example in Sabah, however, he said no party had yet come forward to propose any wave power project, despite studies claiming Menumbok and Labuan water currents were sufficiently strong for such an initiative.

“We believe water currents between Banggi island and Kudat is sufficient to push for wave energy, but nobody has come forward with a proposal to harness waves yet, so we probably need to push (this agenda),” he said at a Sustainable Energy Convention here.

On wind energy potential, Ongkili said this was only possible in northern Sabah, with the ministry and energy authorities eyeing Kudat for such a project.

He said one of the challenges was to ensure RE projects, which were normally run by private companies, were cost-effective.

On Large Scale Solar (LSS) initiatives, where the open-bidding process is done for projects 1Mw and 50Mw, he said so far 18 companies had been identified as potential operators.

In Sabah, the first round of bidding (LSS1) included four companies involving 66.9Mw and the second round (LSS2) comprised of 11 companies involving 55.6Mw.

Source : NST

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Renewable energy way forward

Kota Kinabalu: Developing renewable energy or alternative energy sources is the way forward towards meeting future energy needs, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman.

"The State Government believes the practice of conserving energy through sustainable and efficient consumption of electricity should be carried out for the survival of the next generation," he said.

He said the National Green Technology launched in 2009 has four pillars – energy, environment, economy and social.

"For the energy sector, the key challenge is to increase renewable energy resources and efficiently use energy.

"The challenge is the extinction of energy sources such as gas and coal, thus the management of energy resources must be diversified taking into account renewable energy sources in our country's electricity generation systems," he said.

Musa, who was represented by Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Infrastructure Development Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, said this when officiating the two-day Sustainable Energy Convention, here, Thursday.

He further said the people should also be educated and given awareness on how important energy efficiency and optimum use is because it saves the environment and saves cost.

"This is the best way to reduce the production of carbon dioxide as well as save on the volume of its use.

"Environmental sustainability needs to be taken seriously in the interest of all. Energy generation is one of the biggest contributors to climate change through the fossil burning process.

"Additionally, the upgrading and lifestyle of the community also witness the increase in energy needs, especially electricity and other fossil fuels, thus the people are advised to adopt more environmentally friendly lives in order to preserve the environment," he said.

Musa also applauded Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) for organising the convention which he described as timely as it promotes sustainable use of energy to improve the quality of life of the people.

He also urged SESB to improve the electricity supply system to drive development in the State.

In this regard, he hoped cooperation between SESB and other interested parties would find a holistic approach to develop renewal energy to reduce the impact of fossil fuel in future.

Meanwhile, Pairin told a media conference the convention will discuss about energy and what can be done to make sure energy is sustainable.

"This should be what we are here for to ensure that we come up with more sustainable energy and less use of fossils from the ground that has been used since long ago to generate energy.

"We are always reminded so that our country also takes part in programmes to reduce carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.

"I think what we are emphasising here is to come up with more energy produced from natural creation, from the sun, rivers, water which has no pollution but can produce sustainable energy.

"If we can do this, it is very important, now we are thinking of…we are already producing electrical mobile vehicles, we are also working on producing power from water…all this is for future needs of the world, humans, life and ensure our environment can be sustained for the future," he said.

Also present were Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun, and State Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Radin Malleh, among others. – Sherell Jeffrey

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