Phantoms of Pengerang

The Johor State Government will ensure all the residents whose properties would be acquired by the Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project as per launched by Sultan of Johor in May, would be compensated accordingly inline with Land Code provisions. MB Johor Dato’ Abdul Ghani Othman assured this at his Open House in Muar yesterday.

Johor gov’t to meet with Pengerang residents on Rapid

Bernama • Ogos 21, 12 10:37PTG
The Johor Government will hold a meeting with about 2,000 residents in Pengerang, whose land was acquired for the construction of a Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) complex.

Menteri Besar Abdul Ghani Othman said, during the meeting to be held early next month, the government would brief the residents on the relevant National Land Code provisions.

“They will have an opportunity to hear evaluations from the side of the authorities, which they have a right to,” he told reporters at his Aidilfitri open house at Sungai Mati, Ledang today.

The event was attended by about 20,000 guests, including MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek, and state assemblymen.

According to Abdul Ghani, the residents had positively acknowledged the RM60 billion project that would be fully operational in 2017.

Meanwhile, the menteri besar urged Muslims in the state to maintain the Aidilfitri open house culture to prove that unity and harmony existed among the various communities.

– Bernama

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We at BigDogDotCom was made to understand that each landowners would received cash for their land plus a 6,000 sq ft plot for a new home, two acres plot for agriculture and subsidised constructions for the new modern home.

Full infrastructure for a new settlement would also be provided.

The 2,400 hectares RAPID project valued at RM 60 billion is expected to create 40,000 new jobs and the total development in Pengerang area would be another 8,800 hectares in development plan, which will spread in 30 years. Foreign direct investments related to the petrochemical industry have been lined up for final approval. RAPID is designed to ensure the value of the area be harnessed and optimized, inline with Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s economic transformation program to bring Malaysia into a higher economy nation.

Johor State Government also will ensure that all necessary environmental issues be carefully looked at and planned before work starts. Special provisions are being planned for fishermen in the affected area and plans include large fresh water fish projects. More importantly, all State Government agencies should be comprehensively detailed in their engagement with issues pertaining to RAPID.

Opposition-proned activists guised as ‘environmentalists’ already detected lurking in the area and talking to the locals. It has been made to understand that another ‘Lynas scare’ and spook the locals to ‘revolt’ against this ambitious plan for the redevelopment of Pengerang, is already on the play. Especially in the run up of the upcoming 13 general elections and Johor is a BN ‘fixed deposit’. The same people who are behind the ‘Lynas scare’ in Kuantan, should be dubbed as ‘Phantoms of Lynas’, is expected to play very active roles in sabotaging RAPID and instigating the rakyat all over Pengerang.

HRH Sultan Johor and PM Dato’ Seri Najib Razak, being briefed on the RAPID Project after the launch on 13 May 2012

HRH Sultan Ibrahim of Johor already forewarned locals not to reject this mega economic development plan and make unrealistic demands, in his titah during the launch of the project on 13 May 2012. He also reminded the rakyat that economic development projects such as RAPID would eventually bring a lot of progress and multiplier effect, like in other areas which have been proven to benefit from such forward planning.

“If you reject progress, you would be left behind. Its like living in a cave. Don’t refuse development plans which the Government is planning and bringing forth to you”.

It is expected the details of compensation for the affected residents would be formally announced soon. Pengerang residents should reject these ‘Phantoms’ which agenda is actually counter productive to the strategic interests of the area and really affected parties.

The ‘Lynas scare’ experience should be a really bitter lesson which the Johor State Government and all corresponding agencies and GLCs involved with the RAPID project should really pay attention towards. Lynas is no where near as strategic as compared to RAPID. Scientifically, the ‘Phantoms of Lynas’ never could prove that the project is harmful for the people nor the environment. However, the succesful sabotage campaign mounted by the ‘Phantoms of Lynas’ managed to turn the project into a political sting for some of the voters and a battle cry for the Opposition’s campaign.

Part of the issue at hand is about a cemetery in the affected area, which is planned to be moved a new site.

Muslim graves to be relocated for Pengerang project

August 21, 2012

JOHOR BARU, Aug 21 — Muslim graves would be relocated to make way for the construction of the RM60 billion Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Complex (RAPID) project in Pengerang.

A statement issued by the office of Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman here today said the new site of the graves has been identified.

“Although the new site has been identified, the relocation has not commenced and we’re still in discussions with the local Muslim community,” it added.

The RAPID project by national oil and gas corporation Petronas is part of the government’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).

It is expected to draw a follow-up investment of RM100 billion into the country’s oil and gas industry.

Today’s statement was to clarify the one issued by the Mentri Besar’s Office yesterday.

Yesterday, the mentri besar had said there has been no relocation of Muslim graves to make way for the project.

“There has been no relocation of Muslim graves. As for Chinese cemeteries, the state government is working closely with Chinese associations to find an amicable solution to the relocation of graves,” Ghani said. — Bernama

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There are problems foreseen for the Johor State Government in dealing with the Chinese cemetery issue. It has been said that a court injection is in the process of being obtained to stop the Chinese graves from being relocated. Opposition particularly PKR and DAP is bent on making this a political issue for the RAPID project.

Johor has been one of a major target for DAP to instigate the Chinese for not supporting and backing BN in this upcoming 13 GE. The Chinese Chauvinists have been fanning Chinese racial issues such as the demand for an independent Chinese school in Segamat as a run up of political rundown against BN, particularly MCA in Johor. 10 Chinese majority DUN seats are in the target sightings of DAP for this campaign.

Soon, we shall see the hauntings by these ‘Phantoms of Pengerang’.

*Updated 1100am

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