Tian Chua: Ministry must come clean on Kepong incinerator project

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PETALING JAYA: PKR vice-president Tian Chua says the revival of a project to build a 1,000-tonne incinerator in Kepong must come under closer scrunity over a few key issues.

The Batu MP called for the relevant ministry to act more responsibly and be transparent on how the project to convert waste-to-energy proceeds, especially pertaining to the issue of the companies shortlisted and the proposed site for the incinerator.

“The urban wellbeing, housing and local government ministry needs to once again assess the engagement of this incinerator project over the proposed bidding companies and the location of the project,” Tian Chua said, adding that there were doubts on the shortlisted companies.

According to previous reports, the two main companies shortlisted are Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB), in partnership with South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem, and DRB-Hicom Bhd in a three-way collaboration with Malakoff Corp Bhd and Japan’s Sumitomo Corp.

“While the (Kepong) bidding is in process, the matter of the Tanjung Bin Power Plant in Johor has not been resolved.

“Malakoff Corp Bhd’s subsidiary Tanjung Bin Power Sdn Bhd is seeking claims totaling RM785mil from Sumitomo Corp, Zelan Holdings (M) Sdn Bhd and Sumi-Power Malaysia Sdn Bhd,” Tian Chua said, questioning the impact on DRB-Hicom’s bid, with the potential souring of ties between Malakoff and Sumitomo.

“Does the ministry feel with this matter in the way, will the bidders be competent to deliver a project at such a large scale?”

Tian Chua then addressed the project site, saying it was only three to four kilometres from the Taman Beringin housing estate and may be a health risk among other things.

“Many residents around Taman Beringin are nervous as they feel the project being built near their homes may have an impact on the environment, let alone the health risks.

“The 1,000-tonne incinerator project is planned merely about three to four kilometers from their homes, and the thick black smoke it emits may pollute their air, and worst still, release a bad stench,” he said.

“These areas, especially Taman Beringin, are highly populated and this project may cause a lot of discomfort in the surroundings for many.”

The Kepong incinerator project was revived recently after it had been stalled, following an earlier tender process being scrapped in 2015.

The proposed project had come under the limelight since 2014 with DAP’s Ong Kian Ming and then urban wellbeing, housing and local government minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan trading barbs over the need for an incinerator.