The cocaine was found in 60 sacks mixed with coal in three containers at Butterworth port last week.
Australia's refusal to ease coal exports has prompted a rift with low-lying Pacific island neighbours whose countries are threatened by rising sea levels.
The arrests had fuelled concerns about press freedom in Australia after a spate of police raids targeting reporters.
Adani, the owner of the coal port, says it was aware of the protest but has no comment on the arrests.
The development is reportedly in an early stage and it is unclear how long it may take.
Cheap natural gas, the rising cost of permits to emit carbon dioxide and high renewable energy output have put utilities off burning the fossil fuel so far this year.
Yong Teck Lee says other mega projects have been continued or revived but the RM4 billion Trans Sabah Gas Pipeline was scrapped.
Analysts say that there is no incentive for Chinese companies to build coal plants amid a green energy drive.
Shares of China coal industry players jump as the government allows 11 provinces and regions to resume building plants.
TNB chairman Leo Moggie says the current coal and gas prices are higher than the base prices set during last revision in 2018.
Global coal consumption in 2018 rose only in Asia, especially China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia.
China is historically known for using trade to help accomplish foreign policy goals, having targeted South Korea, Japan and the Philippines in the past.
Lack of reliable data makes it difficult to check the exact amount of damage Kim Jong Un's coal plan might do to the environment and air quality in the country.
The commission's plans are at the centre of Germany's strategy to shift to renewables, which accounted for more than 40% of the energy mix last year, beating coal for the first time.
Despite a 2015 ban, Norway’s massive sovereign wealth fund has increased its exposure to coal reserves.
Mining was banned in the mineral-rich state by a federal court in 2014.
The 150-year-old deep-shaft colliery, whose galleries were dug by six generations of miners, will be sealed for good.
Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Christina Liew says the study will look into the impact on the environment and tourism sector.
By 2030, the government hopes to increase renewable energy usage in the electricity industry from 2% to 20%.
Federal minister Yeo Bee Yin says the federal government will be carrying out several projects to repair the damaged power lines.
Sabah Umno liaison committee chairman Hajiji Mohd Noor says state government’s willingness to revisit the idea of using coal as a source of energy is outrageous.
Sabah Progressive Party president Yong Teck Lee says he is disturbed by statements by Sabah leaders who seem intent on exploiting coal deposits in the rich forests of the 'Lost World'.
A 2010 report, called 'Clean Energy Options Report for Sabah', highlights power supply options for the state.
Commenting on Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s proposal on coal mining in Sabah, Shafie Apdal says solar, hydro and gas are also being considered.