Media Statements

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Why did the Ministry of Urban-Well Being, Housing and Local Government give a new 3 year contract worth RM3.56 million to the same company, XCN Technology, to continue to mismanage the Pangkor incinerator?

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 12th of November, 2014

Why did the Ministry of Urban-Well Being, Housing and Local Government give a new 3 year contract worth RM3.56 million to the same company, XCN Technology, to continue to mismanage the Pangkor incinerator?

The recently released report by the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) on the construction and management of four small scale waste incinerators in Pangkor, Langkawi, Cameron Highlands and Pulau Tioman was a damning indictment on the authorities involved in approving the contracts for the construction of these incinerators.

The PAC found that the Ministry had failed in its responsibility to do the proper due diligence in selecting the technology proposed by XCNT especially given that past prototypes used by the same company in the Kuala Terengganu City Council (MPKT) had failed and the prototype in UiTM Shah Alam was only burning waste paper. The PAC also found that the experts from UTM and from the Malaysian Industry Government Group of High Technology (MiGHT) also failed their responsibility in evaluation XCNT’s technology.

The PAC also recommend that the appropriate action be taken against the errors made by the Secretary General of the Ministry for Housing and Local Government, the Director of the National Solid Waste Management Department, XCNT in its capacity as the main contractor, and Prof Dr Rozainee Taib from UTM and Dr Sivapalan Katsiravale, Principal Analyst from MiGHT who were involved in selecting, planning and implementing these incinerator projects.

The Auditor General’s Report 2012 also revealed significant shortcomings in the operation of the Pulau Pangkor Incinerator. On the 15th of September 2014, members of Kami Tak-Nak Insinerator (KTI), an NGO which is campaigning against the proposed incinerator in Taman Beringin, Kepong, visited the Pulau Pangkor incinerator and found that the problems identified in the National Auditor’s report such as the failure to separate waste before incineration and the improper disposal of the fly and bottom ash were still present. (See pictures in Figure 2 below)

Despite the continued shortcomings of the XCNT in managing the Pulau Pangkor incinerator, it was given a three year contract by the Ministry of Urban-Well Being, Housing and Local Government starting from 2014 which totals RM3.56m to continue to operate this incinerator. (See Figure 1 below)

Figure 1: Three year contract worth RM3.56m given to XCNT starting from 2014

The awarding of the contract to operate and maintain the Pulau Pangkor incinerator shows a complete disregard of the blatant flouting of environmental standards by XCNT by the Ministry of Urban Well Being, Housing and Local Government and demonstrates that the Ministry has no regard to the well-being of the residents in Pulau Pangkor. Despite the Auditor General’s report and the PAC meetings, it seems that the Ministry has not learned its lessons and continues to operate as before.

Dr. Ong Kian Ming
Member of Parliament for Serdang

Figure 2: Photos taken from the Pangkor Incinerator visit on the 15th of September 2014


Mountains of trash piling up at the incinerator site


Unsorted rubbish inside the incinerator compound


Accumulation of bottom ash at the Pulau Pangkor incinerator

Najib’s assurance that Sabah and Sarawakian Christians will not be affected by the Court of Appeal ruling on the ‘Allah’ verdict has proven to be completely undependable and unreliable

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 31st of October 2014

Najib’s assurance that Sabah and Sarawakian Christians will not be affected by the Court of Appeal ruling on the ‘Allah’ verdict has proven to be completely undependable and unreliable

In October 2013, after the Court of Appeal’s verdict on the right of the Herald newspaper to use the word Allah in its publication, Najib assured Christians in Sabah and Sarawak that the decision would not affect the Christians in Sabah and Sarawak as per the 10 point agreement issued by the Federal Cabinet.[1]

However, it was reported yesterday, on the 30th of October, that ‘hundreds of compact discs (CDs) and books containing the word “Allah” were confiscated at the KLIA2 airport last Saturday.’ It was further reported that these items belonged to a Sabahan Christian who had brought them in from Medan, Indonesia, on his way back to Sabah where he lives.[2]

If this report is true, then it proves that Najib’s assurances to the Christian community in Sabah and Sarawak are completely undependable and unreliable. This confirms the view of the Sarawak Minister’s Fellowship that ‘there is no basis for Najib to give assurance on Allah.’[3] The confiscation of this Christian material containing the word Allah once again shows that the Christians in Sabah and Sarawak have no assurance that bibles printed in Indonesia and imported to Malaysia through KLIA or any other airport will not be confiscated by the federal authorities, as a result of the Court of Appeal ruling on the use of the word Allah as ‘not being an integral part’ of the Christian faith.

This confiscation also shows the complete failure of the federal government to protect Freedom of Religion as per Article 11 (1) of the Federal Constitution. It also shows the failure of the federal government in trying to keep up the pretense of having an inconsistent promise of ‘one country, two systems’ for having one set of laws for Peninsular Malaysia and another set of laws for Sabah when it comes to something as fundamental as our constitutional rights to practice our religion freely.

I call upon the Prime Minister to order the Home Minister to release the material belonging to the Sabahan Christian immediately. I also call upon the Prime Minister to order the Home Minister not to appeal against the High Court decision for the Home Ministry to return the Christian CDs belonging to Jill Ireland and for the immediate return of these CDs.[4] The failure to do so would only confirm that the Prime Minister is a ‘toothless tiger’ who is incapable of ensuring that his own Ministers implement the Prime Minister’s promises to the people.

Dr. Ong Kian Ming
Member of Parliament for Serdang

[1] http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/244475

[2] http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/in-latest-allah-incident-christian-cds-and-books-seized-at-klia2

[3] http://www.barubian.net/2014/06/no-basis-for-najib-to-give-assurance-on.html

[4] http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/no-release-of-christian-cds-while-ministry-appeals-jill-ireland-ruling