Friday, 7 November 2008

UPKO Stays Put In BN

KOTA KINABALU, Nov 7 (Bernama) - Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said on Friday he was happy with the federal cabinet's decision to create a petrochemical industry in Sabah, following the objection to the construction of a gas pipeline from Kimanis to Bintulu by the people of Sabah.

In this context, factories linked to the gas and petrochemical industry would also be built, he said in a statement today.

Dompok said that after he had raised up the issue at the Cabinet meeting in Putrajaya today, a decision was reached to continue with the construction of the gas pipeline from Kimanis to Bintulu, but only the excess gas would be piped to Sarawak.

"The federal cabinet has now agreed to create a full-fledged petrochemical industry in Sabah using gas and oil from Sabah while only the excess gas would be channelled to Sarawak because the construction of the gas pipeline from Kimanis to Bintulu would be continued."

"On behalf of UPKO (United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation) and the people of Sabah, I thank the federal government for its concern," said Dompok, who is also president of UPKO.

He said the resolution would certainly diversify Sabah's economic activity and the erection of the factories for the petrochemical industry would provide a boost and catalyst to the Sabah Development Corridor.

"Finally, Sabah, one of only three oil and gas producing states in Malaysia, can now be active in the gas and oil downstream industries."

The simultaneous construction of the petrochemical factories and gas pipeline could help Sabah, which had been lagging especially in the gas and oil industry, to progress and enjoy the benefits derived from the country's development," he added.

3 comments:

cynical said...

sometimes i do wonder whether our leaders threaten to leave bn just because they want to their pocket to be stuffed.

John Gandhi said...

cynical said...

"sometimes i do wonder whether our leaders threaten to leave bn just because they want to their pocket to be stuffed."
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Most leaders would but not this one.

However, I still doubt the federal government's sincerity. Lets hope that the full-fledge petrochemical industry will indeed materialize here in Sabah!

Fido Dido said...

upko is too naive to accept the offer just like that. when dompok said, only the excess will be channeled to bintulu, how much would it be? why invest billions of ringgit when all the materials can be processed in Sabah?