Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

PBS Leader Responds To PAKAR President's Statement Over Energy

KOTA KINABALU -- Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) vice-president Datuk Daniel Kinsik has advised opposition Parti Kerjasama Rakyat Sabah (PAKAR) president Datuk Henrynus Amin to get his facts right before talking about energy sector issues in the state.

He said the federal government never stopped providing grants to develop the energy sector in Sabah and that RM2.3 billion had been allocated to improve power supply in the state, with the allocation having been dispersed to fund existing projects on the ground.

Kinsik was responding to Henrynus’ recent statement alleging acting PBS president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili's announcement to improve Sabah’s quality of power as just a polls gimmick.

He said the state’s power generation had improved tremendously well, with efforts to halve the state’s System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) from almost 300 minutes under the Supply Reliability Task Force - SAIDI 150 (TF150) by next year.

Kinsik explained that the Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) should not be blamed for the failed two biomass plants in Sandakan, which was highlighted by Henrynus, as the projects were private sector initiatives.

“It has nothing to do with the government or SESB. The biomass plants’ owners have internal financial problems and were facing the problem of securing supply of raw biomass,” he said.

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Source: asiacruisenews