Hauntings in Pengerang

RAPID @ Pengerang

The hauntings by the ‘Phantoms of Pengerang’ is going another gear up, after they managed to file a court injunction to stop RAPID on 23 August. Several lawyers linked to Opposition have been detected consulting the minority of the Pengerang folks.

The issue at hand is not so complicated. Johor State Government is supposed to facilitate the relocation of some kampungs and provide those affected with compensation, inline with provisions in the National Land Code. Included in the exercise are four schools and some cemeteries. This exercise is nothing extraordinary.

The first tranche of the process of relocation is scheduled to start on 3 September. 646 household will be involved in this exercise. The authorities will go to the ground, brief them, do the paperwork and the consultation (with the Land Office term as ‘Hearing’) will commence to determine the value of each land owners property and what is on the property. They would be offered cash for the land, structure or even plants, upon the valuation is completed. After all documentation is completed, the disbursement is expected to be quick.

On top of that, they would also be offered two acres each of agriculture land, a six thousand square feet housing plot at a nominal fee and subsidized construction cost for their new modern home. Infrastructure, would be thrown in pro-bono by the State Government.

New settlements already been identified for the relocation of these kampungs and even the cemeteries.

However, in the anticipation and some quarters taking the advantage of full information yet to be released to the affected parties, they misled and even instigated the Pengerang folks with the streams of hyped up, manipulated facts or fabrication. The intention is simple. Create the hype for the feeling of uneasiness, doubt, distrust and if they can, anguish.

In short, it is another Opposition charged exercise to politicize and demonize any Government project.

Even if it is be which will bring in RM 60 billion in Petronas investments, create 40,000 new jobs and is actually 32% of Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s Economic Transformation Plan (ETP) to propel Malaysia into achieving Vision 2020 and a high value economy nation. This does not include a planned USD 21 billion investments from 20 different petrrochemical industry players which will bring about the added value chain for the downstream products.

RAPID in Pengerang is set to be on the world map when it comes to the most modern petrochemical industry district. By 2020, GNI from RAPID is calculated at RM 17.7 billion.

A coalition of NGOs calling themselves Kumpulan Pahlawan HIjau is expected to organize a ‘Himpunan Anti RAPID’ on 29 September in Pengerang. The usual suspects are expected to be there, if not as frontliners. Its a same drama with a slightly different screenplay twist. It has a very glaring Opposition signature on it.

Published in: on August 29, 2012 at 13:20  Comments (6)  

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  1. “We should support whatever the enemy opposes and oppose whatever the enemy supports.”

    “Fight, fail, fight again, fail again, fight again . . . till their victory; this is the logic,….. this is Marxist law.”

    – Mao Tse Tung

    “To rebel is justified”

    – A Red Guard slogan of the early Cultural Revolution period (1966-68). Chairman Mao encouraged attacks on virtually all of the existing establisment apparatus and this rebellion extended to all forms of authority: parents., teachers, doctors, scientists, musicians, artists and intellectuals.

  2. Biggie,

    From where most people are standing, RAPID is no issue. Land acquisition using National Land Code is very normal. Relocation of residents becoz their properties been acquired for development, is also nothing new.

    Relocation of cemeteries, is something ordinary elsewhere. Even within Iskandar Malaysia.

    In Pengerang, PAS tried. They went into the Malay heartlands. They failed. Majority of the Malays couldn’t accept what & how PAS tried to instigate.

    Hence, came PKR. They were successful with their fabrication on environmental issues in Lynas. So, they come to score using the same strategy.

    Then came along DAP. They instigated the Pengerang Chinese. They fan their Chinese chauvinist sentiments focused on the cemeteries.

    Johor State Govt must do more & work smartly to shoot down all these.

    • Any suggestions?

      For now I can only think of sending squads of responsible people who can explain and counter the arguments put out by the other side. Hand out leaflets as and when necessary.

      These same people should form a vigilante team as well. Open their ears and their eyes wide, notify the others each and every time the others come into the territory trying to propagandize. Organize counter-demonstrations, protests and the like soon after the other side starts one. Call the press each time they do those.

      Pay them allowances. Travelling, food and accomodation. Give them other incentives as relevant. Assign them the task until GE13.

      • That’s right. That’s exactly what Johor Govt should do.

        Set up a special task force comprising JCS, local politicians & local community leaders. Very actively engage the pockets of communities & special interest groups. Provide them with the right info & processes of the relocation exercise.

        Get Federal Govt agencies such as PMO/ICU/UCCAS/PEMUDAH/PEMANDU be involved & actively ‘turun padang’.

        In short, give these 1,000 odd households the comfort that they wanted.

        Counter all the rumours & hearsays, especially about money. Give them the assurance that what they are getting is fair.

        Progress must go on. Make them understand that the upcoming development is opportunity for them and their future generations.

        All it takes is just a little extra pro-active comprehensive effort. Do it like Gen Templer wanted to flush out the communists and at the same time, win the hearts of the people.It’s worth, when all the returns start to roll out.

  3. […] clear example of this is the current ‘Hauntings in Pengerang’. When RAPID project first appeared, PAS undertook the responsibility to instigate the Pengerang […]

  4. […] to manipulate this case up and make this into another ‘Teoh Beng Hock’ death. The DAP has been fanning anti-RAPID hatred sentiments to the local Pengerang Chinese and has also been d… for the same agenda. One of the issues the DAP has been fanning up is the relocation of Chinese […]

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