Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Ghani! Tell us how much Petronas has paid for Rapid!

Ghani! Tell us how much Petronas has paid for Rapid!
By Chua Jui Meng

Chua delivering his ceramah at the 1,000-people dinner organised by the Federation of Pengerang NGOs in Dewan Poh An Kong in Sungai Rengit on March 16, 2012.

I WISH to challenge and dare Johor Mentri Besar Ghani Othman to reveal the amount of compensation Petronas has given for the 22,500 acres in Pengerang for the non-sustainable Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) project.
Why is Ghani shying away from telling Johoreans, especially the Pengerang folk who are affected by the compulsory land acquisition, how much Petronas has paid up for compensation?
Why is there no transparency in such a simple matter? What is there to hide?
From what I have heard, Petronas has paid up a high amount of compensation. Ghani, tell Johoreans how many multiple million ringgit is involved?
Are you (Ghani) not telling because you want to short change the majority Malay land owners in Pengerang?
Johoreans are being had again by the Ghani-led Barisan Nasional (BN)-Umno state government.
It is a reprise of Nusajaya when the then mentri besar Muhyiddin Yassin used the second Singapore-Johor link as an excuse to “seize” 33,000 acres at only 64 sen psf under the Land Acquisition Act.
Last December’s sale of 55 acres of Danga Bay to China’s Country Garden Holdings Ltd for RM900 million is a clear example of the massive loss of the land owners.
The land was acquired by the Johor state government at only 45 sen psf and alienated to crony private developers.
Now, Ghani is using Rapid as the excuse to acquire 22,500 acres in Pengerang when Rapid only needed 6,000 acres.
The real reason for acquiring such a massive land bank is a third link - Singapore-Pengerang.
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had in May 2009 met his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong and proposed the third link.
Chua having a serious discussion with PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub at the dinner.

Even on security matters, like in Sabah’s Lahad Datu, Najib and Umno want to politicise the issue when lives are at stake.
For more than 10 years some 1.5 million Sulu people were given the freedom to enter Sabah and given identification cards and bumiputra status.
Why did Najib or the BN government failed to react swiftly by sending in the army when armed soldiers invaded our country?
Instead, Najib sent the police and Home Minister Hisahmmuddin Hussein to have teh tarik with the invaders for three weeks.
Only after negotiations broke down and six cops were killed did Najib see fit to send in the army.
This is a useless government.