Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Beasts Are Beasts - Who Cares!

BIG headline : 600 fish die at Langkawi Underwater World

LANGKAWI: About 600 fish worth hundreds of thousands of ringgit have mysteriously died at Langkawi Underwater World.......(The Star, 26 Sept 2007)

In Bolehland, beasts are beasts. So who cares whether they live or die. The stories of dead animals in parks, sanctuaries, zoos and other so-called tourism attractions had became cemeteries for many animals.

These cruel deeds will not stop when there are humans who are willing to gain by caging the beasts. Once in a while there will be some big guns embarking on a mammoth project. The elephant sanctuary, the rhinoceros sanctuary, safari parks - many had failed, many beasts dead, much taxpayers' monies lost...but no one seems to learn. NO ONE!

Bolehland is the place where uncompetent people seem to take charge of such projects. People who have no interest of animals at heart. People who want quick profit from the beasts. And these people have the resources to cause hardship to many.

History will be repeated again and again. Check below some of the deads while in custodian in Bolehland.

The headline today - The Star 26 Sept 2007

600 fish dead! And few billion dollars?

Click to enlarge the table. Notice that some sanctuaries have more dead elephants - a case of incompetent and poor management?

Carelessness was the right word used in this article when the Rhinoceros santuary was enventually wiped out of the beasts.

When are we going to learn that animals are best left alone in the wild?
When are we going to stop playing God?

1 comment:

mansur said...

On September 21, 2007 I read the news from BERNAMA.COM about Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun KINABATANGAN: says that will try his best effort to protect the Sabah kinabatangan river away from further pollution. I felt very happy and show full support to him because he see the future of Malaysia and do care about our next generation. Sabah Environment Action Department, is trying hard to minimize the environment pollution of Kinabatangan river. But do think is a bit too late for that? I really don’t understand why government department always seeking for solution after bad things happen! Why they never think of prevention in earlier stage? DON’T YOU AGREE PREVENTION IS BETTER THEN CURE?

Can I ask, Does anyone one of you know where is Lahad Datu, Silam Darvel in Sabah? How many of you really been to this place? Nevertheless, I had been there many times. It’s one of the “ALLAH” greatest creations. Please view the below as a picture is more then thousand word:

Lahad Datu, Silam Darvel has more then thousand kinds of coral reef and marine species which many of them are consider near extinct species.

Lahad Datu, Silam Darvel has more then hundred kind of fishes as well as other species which worth more then billion of Seafood product.

Does anyone know that THEY going to build one mega 300-megawatt coal power plant worth RM1.3 billion in Silam, Lahad Datu, Sabah??? And it said this mega project is under federal government. No one is allowed to intercept with it and this include Sabah state government cabinet. Some rumor said that, “INI PROJECT FEDERAL, JIKALAU SESIAPA KACAU AKAN DIBUANG KERJA!” Can believe you that? The treated to local authority department which they will be fired if the interfere with the federal power? Is this democratic country?

There is an announcement that the government has approved a long time controversial 300-megawatt coal power plant n in Silam, Lahad Datu, Sabah has trembled a group of environmentalists, social activists and local businessmen in the booming agriculture town who opposed it. 418 families of Kampung Teluk Soiaun about the proposed coal-fired power plant to be built next to the village and they will tell a tale of broken promises.

Our YBs made promises after promises, giving us hope to our dreams of owning a house in a village reserve,” Ahmad said, showing copies of correspondence with state officials including the Governor and the Chief Minister

“I went to see my YB. He told me if they wanted to take the kampung, 'what can I do. Even the Chief Minister cannot do anything',” related Ahmad”
Our value of land will drop to nothing and become danger! If Pollution happens, we don’t job because all we know is only fishing and if no income how we need to survive with our family? People who making this money is by destroying Allah’s creation will never “Selamat For Whole Life”.

We need power. But we want clean power,” said Wong Tack,the Sabah Environment Action Committee chairman in Lahad Datu district where several vehicles were seen sporting stickers which said: “No coal power plant” and “Coal-fired power plant jeopardises health.”

“We are not against any authority’s decision but relevant agencies and elected representatives must not hastily give their consent (to such projects) If, it’s a good project we are always welcome but not this coal power plant” Wong said

The site is identified as a portion of state-owned Yayasan Sabah, comprises 128.7ha seafront land where the abandoned Pacific Hardwood timber complex stands, 17km from Lahad Datu, Sabah. However, local environmentalists claimed that the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) was not available for viewing and the project was approved without the submission of an EIA report. The approval of the project had also sparked an outcry among the Silam residents in Lahad Datu district.

I felt very much unsecured for this announcement until I saw the article below from Daily Express News

Nothing final on LD coal-fired plant: CM
22 November, 2006
Kota Kinabalu: The Government will only decide whether to allow the coal-fired power plant at Silam in Lahad Datu to proceed after evaluating a full report on it, including the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA), Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman

As I know our Sabah state Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Musa Aman is a great leader. He will really understand what are the needs of Sabahans. He has been contribute a lot of effort to develop Sabah state this recent Years. We also understand that in his current position, he will face many pressures from centre government. But, I really hope he will stay in his position to defend and save Sabah free from Coal Power Plant pollution. I also hope he can arrange our Prime Minister, Environment Minister and other Minister to have visit to Lahad Datu, Silam Darvel Bay to witness by himself. I will show my best support to him and I will also re-elect him as in next incoming Chief Minister of Sabah.


From the mines to the coal power plant, the dependence of coal to meet electricity comes with a price that could not be compensated in the future. Based on the Union of Concerned Scientists Information (
and recalculated based on a typical 500-megawatt coal plant .The environmental impact of a typical 300-megawatt coal power plant in Silam, approximately 17km from Lahad Datu is as follows;

Air Pollution

The 300-megawatt coal power plant is estimated to generate:

• 2,220,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary human cause of global warming,
• 6,000 tons of sulfur dioxide (SO2), which causes acid rain that damages forests, lakes, and buildings, and forms small airborne particles that can penetrate deep into lungs,
• 30 tons of small airborne particles, which can cause chronic bronchitis, aggravated asthma, as well as haze obstructing visibility,
• 6,120 tons of nitrogen oxide (NOx), which leads to formation of ozone (smog) which inflames the lungs, burning through lung tissue making people more susceptible to respiratory illness,
• 432 tons of carbon monoxide (CO), which causes headaches and place additional stress on people with heart disease,
• 132 tons of hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds (VOC), which form ozone,
• 102 pounds of mercury, where just 1/70th of a teaspoon deposited on a 25acre lake can make the fish unsafe to eat,
• 135 pounds of arsenic, which will cause cancer in one out of 100 people who drink water containing 50 parts per billion and lastly,
• 68.40 pounds of lead, 2.40 pounds of cadmium, other toxic heavy metals, and trace amounts of uranium.

Water Use

The 300-megawatt coal power plant may need to draw about 1.32 billion gallons of water each year from nearby water bodies, the Darvel Bay in Silam, to create steam for turning its turbines; the water supply is enough to support a city of approximately 150,000 people.

When the water is drawn into the power plant, it is estimated about 12.60 million fish eggs, fish larvae, and juvenile fish may also come along with it .In addition, it is estimated that up to 900,000 adult fish a year may become trapped against the intake structures. Many of these fish are injured or die in the process and that is the average for a single species in just one year. Imagine how many species living in Darvey Bay, Silam area?

Sabah as it possesses a unique geographical location that is flourished with near extinct species, a suitable weather condition and less polluted surroundings. Thus, it has boundless potential for research and development for breeding various species of near extinct or high value marine fish for consumerism. We believe that Silam’s ocean reef contains more then thousands of kind’s extinct species these include coral reef and micro organism and worth of multi-billion value dollar of seafood product. Currently there are several aquaculture companies has setup fish farm around Silam Darvel bay. Hence, many from the particular company’s investor are from foreign country such as Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Taiwan. They believe that Silam is considering one the best aquaculture region in Asean countries and very high potential to develop into aquaculture industry central in future.

Fuel Supply

Based on abstracts of the interview with Tenaga Nasional Berhad Chairman Tan Sri Leo Moggie, from “the Star Online” dated 21st November 2006, the coal for the coal power plant will be sourced from mines in Kalimantan. Thus, transporting coal from Kalimantan will mean a significant increase in shipping traffic in the area and this should be quantified in the Detailed EIA. Therefore, more attention should be focused to the effect of this increased activity on the marine ecosystem and on the local users of the area. The Detailed EIA should also include proposing strict regulations on pollution from the ships and barges. As far as the coal storage is concerned, coal burned by power plants is typically stored onsite in uncovered piles. Dust blown from coal piles irritates the lungs and often settle on nearby houses and yards and for your information, there are about 418 families living in the nearby proposed site area. The families have voice out their disagreement on this project.

The cost and benefit analysis should also provided projections of scenarios and consequences of where the cost of the coal from Kalimantan becomes uneconomical or the supply diminishes. When this situation happens, where will be the back-up coal supply? Will Tenaga ask Sabah to allow mining of coal under Maliau Basin Conservation Area, known internationally as the Lost World and very near proximity to Danum Valley in the Conservation Area? These are some of the questions that were raised by the environmentalists and the local residents in the Silam area?

Wastes Generated

Waste created by the coal power plant is expected more than 75,000 tons of ash and 115,800 tons of sludge from the smokestack scrubber each year. Toxic substances in the waste including arsenic, mercury, and chromium can contaminate drinking water supplies and damage vital human organs and the nervous system. One study found that one out of every 100 children who drink groundwater contaminated with arsenic from coal power plant wastes were at risk of developing cancer. Ecosystems too have been reported being damaged severely or permanently by the disposal of coal plant waste.

Another wastes generated impact is once the 1.32 gallons of water have cycled through the coal power plant, they are released back into the lake, river, or ocean. The water will be hotter (by up to 20-25 F) than the water that receives it. This “thermal pollution” can decrease fertility and increase heart rates in fish. Typically, power plants also add chlorine or other toxic chemicals to their cooling water to decrease algae growth. These chemicals are also discharged back into the environment. In this case, it will affect the Darvel Bay surrounding the discharge point and affect the marine life.

The fact based on the Union of Concerned Scientists Information (refer to Appendix ), where just 1/70th of teaspoon mercury deposited on a 25acre lake can make the fish unsafe to eat. Thus, imagine how massive the coverage of 102 pounds of mercury, the amount that is expected to discharge from the 300-megawatt coal power plant yearly could affect the nearby water supply. Consequently, all kinds of seafood along Silam, Semporna and Tawau area will come with toxic in their body and not safe for human consumption.

Yet, the biggest wastage is much of the heat produced from burning coal is wasted. A typical coal power plant uses only 33-35% of the coal’s heat to produce electricity. The majority of the heat is released into the atmosphere or absorbed by the cooling water.

As a whole, the effect on nearby proposed and existing ecotourism sites (e.g. Tanjung Tumunong Hallo, the entrance to Danum Valley) should be covered in more depth, equally the incompatibility of the location next to Gunung Silam which is proposed to be gazetted as a State Park, as well as the “Double Beach” in Silam and nearby islands which is also proposed to be gazetted as Malaysia National Aquaculture Center.
The impacts of the coal power plant on the Darvel Bay, as well as the negative effects on diving and snockelling tourism activities in the nearby islands such as the famous world-class dive destinations located within sight of each other; Sipadan Island (the legendary island of turtles), Kapalai Island (a resort built on stilts on the middle of the sea), and Mabul Island (an enchanting island where every coconut tree has its own number), (refer to Map) should also be examined and considered in the Detailed EIA.
Most predominantly, the impact of pollution from the power station on local people’s living, particularly the effect on fish populations, and therefore the local fishermen.
To sum up, building a coal power plant does not make sense environmentally or economically. The dependence on this particular fossil fuel will come with a price, (the true cost that we could not compensate the damages to the environment), and therefore in the age of climate change we cannot afford to make this dangerous mistake like other countries. Therefore, I urged the authorities that may concern in this issue to judiciously consider the environmental impact (the true costs to our future generations) of the coal power plant project. Imagine a decade later, the best diving spots and among the best in the world; Sipadan Island, Mabul Island and Kapalai Island are no longer the famous dive spot for the divers as a result of the toxic mercury found in its vicinity and, the corals and marine life becoming extinct due to pollution and climate change becomes the world’s headline? Not only it will be disgraceful and shameful to Sabah but to our country, Malaysia as these three dive spot islands are recognized as few of the richest single destinations for exotic small marine life anywhere in the world.

Last but not least, having such wonderful environment in Silam, which is God’s gift, we should be very thankful and appreciate it by protecting them by all means for our future generations. In the near future, Silam could be one of the new dive spot (a viable eco-tourism), that will be Sabah’s new treasure and being recognize as another great dive spot, not only among the Malaysians but throughout the world. It fact, many foreign countries has invested spent multi million dollar trying to create one compare to what we already have from our mother nature. These great asset and property is not only belonging to Sabahan but it also belongs to every citizen of Malaysia and I will stand and protect “ALLAH” creation for us and our next generation. Consequently, the authorities whom may concern should cautiously consider the pros and cons of the coal power plant in Silam area when making the final decision.

Thank You Very Much