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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sign The Petition Now! Save SABAH!

Dear friends,

The deadline for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) comments is the 31st of July. While the term EIA sounds daunting everyone has the right to comment on this document.

To help regular folks like ourselves out, we have summarised the "problems" with the EIA out with 14 points of concern. Click here to view whole document or scroll down.

We have also composed a sample letter you can use to write your concerns to the Department of Environment (DOE). Click here or scroll down.

However, these letters MUST REACH THE DOE BY SATURDAY THE 31ST OF JULY. To make sure that these letters reach DOE by Friday, you can fax it directly to us at 088-244502. We will make sure it gets to the DOE by Friday.

These letters are extremely important but they need to be signed hence the faxing. They also need to have your name and IC number. If you need to send them via email please do so to nocoal.sabah@gmail.com but you will need to scan the letter as the letter needs your signature.

Whether you are Malaysian or not, please do take the time to write.

NOW IS THE TIME OF ACTION, OF MAKING A DIFFERENCE. LET'S DO IT.

Points of concern

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Comments on Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA) for
the 300MW Coal-Fired Power Plant in Sinakut, Lahad Datu, Sabah.

Key points for public comments:

1. One of the objectives for the DEIA is to improve on the environmental design of the project. However, the public or technical people are unable to assess the environmental design as it is not outlined/described and it is therefore difficult to know the efficiency of the plant. For instance, the DEIA does not specify the type of plant parts used. To assess the plant, we need to know types of parts used for the coal plant as the type used will determine efficiency of the plant in the waste generated.

2. The potential mitigation measures mentioned in the DEIA are shallow and general. One of the objectives of the DEIA is to facilitate informed decision making. However, the DEIA report does not allow for this as there is a lack of basic design details, poor data on the marine environment, and assumptions of sufficiency based on no data are unacceptable at this level of review and assessment.

3. Compensatory mitigation for impact on marine environment, loss of income, health impact, greenhouse gases and others are completely overlooked.

4. Earthquake risk: It is inaccurate to say that the site is safe from earthquake tremors. The whole Dent peninsula is within the 40-100 kilometre range of earthquake tremors generated onshore and offshore. In April 2008, an earthquake at the Celebes Sea caused tremors in the Tungku area, near the proposed site. This resulted in cracks on several buildings including SMK Tungku and Hospital Tungku. A New Sunday Times article on 20th May 2007 quoted Sabah Mineral and Geoscience Department director Alexander Yan as saying Sabah has experienced 78 quakes in the last century.

5. Sampling done for the DEIA do not cover a wide enough range of sites to give a full understanding of the site and its surroundings. In short, sampling site chosen are not good enough to represent the area. In assessing the marine area, only two days were taken for sampling and why certain sites were chosen were not indicated. A habitat map showing sand, mud/silt, seagrass, rocks, corals and areas of high benthic diversity should have been done. Comparisons are made with far away locations and coral ecosystems instead of similar habitats. This is misleading.

6. There is no mention that Darvel Bay is home to resident and migratory marine animals like turtles, whale sharks, dolphins, dugongs and others.

7. Fish species used in the report as indicators are not representative of species found at the site. The species list should have been modified to cover locally common, unique or commercially important species.

8. There will be a large impact on larvae fish according to the study, but that there will be no impact on adult fish. It is misleading for the DEIA to state that there is no impact on adult fish as larvae wont have a chance to grow. Marine zones like seagrass, mudflats and mangroves are spawning areas for fish and crustaceans. Impact on fish larvae will effect fish populations over a wider area.

9. In its list of mammal species, the report stated two mammals that are not present in Sabah. The two are wild pig (Sus scrofa) and Dusky langur (Semnopithecus obscurus). In its list of bird species, the White rumped shama is not present in Sabah.

10. There is a lack of assessment and interpretation of results on phytoplankton. The report calculates Boyd’s Biodiversity index for phytoplankton and shows it to have a value approaching that of pristine waters, but this is not indicated.

11. The socio-economic study is doubtful. It states that the community in Kampung Sinakut are squatters, which cannot be the case for a traditional village with a village headman. The DEIA also states that “Orang Sungai” are of Indonesian descent. This clearly shows ignorance on the part of those doing the study.

12. A baseline study shows that acid rain is already present at the site with a pH of 4.66. There is a need to further study why acid rain is happening in the area. It is also wrong to compare agriculture and forested Dent peninsula with Petaling Jaya which is industrialised and urbanized.

13. Climate change as a major impact is not mentioned. The scope of the DEIA should include measures to minimise/mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from the proposed project.

14. Despite repeated newspaper articles that mention clean coal technology will be used, there is no mention of it in the DEIA. This is a cause of grave concern. Also there is no such thing as “clean coal technology” today hence it is extremely misleading to use this term.

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Sample letter

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xxst July 2010

To:
The Department of Environment, Malaysia.

Comments on the Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment for the 300 MW coal-fired power plant in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

Having read the DEIA report that was put up at some public places, I have a number of concerns on the overall project. There are glaring technical issues:-
• the existing physical environment has been wrongly represented by the consultants, thereby misleading the public;
• the full adverse impacts from the plant has not been discussed analytically,
• identification of species that do not exist in Sabah have been listed, and
• that potential mitigation measures are shallow and too general.

This does not allow me to assess the real situation. In short, the whole study is faulty and should be dismissed.

I would like to single out some points which I feel are important to Sabah’s tourism industry and our potential as a seafood basket for the nation and region. The following are my comments:

1. There is no mention that Darvel Bay is home to resident and migratory marine
animals like turtles, whale sharks, dolphins, dugongs and others.

2. Fish species used in the report as indicators are not representative of species found at the site. The species list should have been modified to cover locally common, unique or commercially important species.

3. There will be a large impact on larvae fish according to the study, but that there will be no impact on adult fish. It is misleading for the DEIA to state that there is no impact on adult fish as larvae wont have a chance to grow. Marine zones like seagrass, mudflats and mangroves are spawning areas for fish and crustaceans. Impact on fish larvae will effect fish populations over a wider area.


I am unimpressed with the way this study has been carried out, and I will continue to closely monitor the next step that the government takes on this plant.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Name
IC number

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Friday, July 23, 2010

The anniversary

Non stop fun!
Remember these photos? I bet you do especially to those who officially join our first event. Just to inform you that we will be having a short gathering together with our special guest, Mus this weekend in my house and for those who able to join, please text me for the reservation. :) There will be a cake to celebrate the half year birthday and it is Pixelayer 1st anniversary also, so for those who may want to know what we have been doing, and what are our plan in the future or maybe some tips or you want to share some of your views, please come and join me and the team as per details below.

Date: 25 July 2010
Time: 2.30 pm - 6.30 pm
Venue: A-3-1, 3/F, Blk A, Tmn Malawa Jaya, Apartment Fasa 2 Jln Sepangar Menggatal, 888450 Kota Kinabalu.
Theme: White Shirt with Jeans :)
Menu: Pot luck - the more the merrier, but i will prepare a cake, chicken dish, white rice, maybe some soup, drinks and some fruits.

Programme
2.30pm: Arrival of Pixelayerion and friends
3.00pm: A short prayer and thanksgiving session
3.15pm: Happy Birthday song - cake cutting ceremony
3.30pm: (Birthday present exchange if any)
3.45pm: Enjoy your meals
4.00pm: Slide show on Pixelayer Movement - The Pixelayer Diary (if you have time to make your own slide show, it would be great! - Changing Ideas has never been so great!
5.00pm: Photoshoot session
6.30pm: Party ended or may be extended.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Wake up human

Did I ever post any *** here? I mean.. a 3 star movie? No right? WEll, i will never post it. I just want to show something which I found in my memory card earlier. I think this photo is quite sharp and I didn't expect the light that reflect the water could make a good panoramic view. I cropped and wala~

Starry starry night

This photo is about the light that shines and secure the sea. The trees under the moonlight shows the mystery of the night. The light are coming from the Navy base in Sapangar Bay, beneath the water there is a submarine. I always come to this spot because I found out the light from the ship which shines the sea quite amazing in the night, while I only can see a huge of trash everywhere during the daylight. How long would it takes for us to capture a good photo as well during the daylight? All I get is only like this..

Almost dry

What are you looking for?

No more fresh water

It's everywhere
I wonder.. where will the fish go..

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Save our nature

I have been searching for a good spot for landscape photography and what I see only rubbish. We should aware about this and help our nature and keep the photographer took better landscape. :(
Save our earth
I can't take clean photo anymore...

Save our earth
Make your start today with no plastic bag

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sunday, July 11, 2010

How to write your photo essay?

I saw Leanna Chong's status today as she mention that Photo Essay is not that easy. Indeed yes. Capturing a photo is not easy as you creating a story. When you want to be a photographer, it is important for you to know the subject of your photo. For example, you take a bird photo, there must be something special about the bird right? What it's name? Where did it come from? How is the population going on and so on. Remember my quote? Photography is art and art is infinity? A photo not only tells what we see but what's inside it. How it reflect to our life or the environment. I might not a photography graduated but I did my own research on photography because it is my passion to learn more than what I know. Furthermore, this is what Photojournalism do. Here are some tips for you or you may take this as your assignment. :)

1) Examine your subject before take shooting - just like drafting your essay before start compiling
2) Take a shot or a few - pointing out for aim or purpose
3) Start writing your essay - Remember that a collection of photos can make a photo essay, but a collection of photos is not consider as photo essay
4) Photo essay can be a caption, a simple essay, an article or up to a printing publication.
5) For more tips and example, visit them:

a) The Photo Essay - They tells what we see and what they see, done by several Asian Photographer
b) UNICEF photo essay - Helps United for Children all over the world

And below is my example.. Hope you understand a bit about it. :)


DSC_0405
Sipadan island has been nominated in one of the wonders of the world. It was once attacked by the Abu Sayyaf group. Since then, most of the people scared to go to this island especially local. For me, anywhere can be dangerous and there are no reason not to go to this beautiful place. Sabah Park is protecting this island from pollution and it is why there are no chalet or a place to stay here, only the army and the rest of Sabah park crew who stay here and take a good care of this place. I highly recommend local and other country to visit here. And please bring your underwater camera. There are magical creatures down there!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Anyone miss me?

lifelist

Since I'm away, it's been a very tiring month and there are some sad story that will coming my way and I hope there will be a solution on it. Normally, God will always heard my prayer when it comes to a very important healing problems. Today, I do not think that God will help me in this way, but I hope that He have better plan for me. Maybe some break up is good for us, because people come and go in our life. There are not always be together in the end. There always not happy ending but they still live happily ever after. I have been putting my patient and it always come with a limit. The problem with me is, I have a cruel habit like whereby I do not like repeating request. I will stop when my patient across the level. Something can be wait, but some important cannot wait for you. It is a matter of time and achieved your goal and moved on. Life is always like that, if u are not fast enough then somebody will. Time will never wait for you. If your destiny say you will live in 2 years, only magical stuff may extend you live to another 3 years perhaps you can fight it. People always think this sound like a threat but less of them will thought the reality of our life. We always think that we are in the safe side but the truth is everybody is watching us. Everybody is counting on us no matter who you are no matter how many friends you have. Even a stranger will judge you from your look. When all the thinking gathered, it become stress and may turn crazy in the end. For people who believe on world is not a safe place, they often relax and be prepare what's going to happen meanwhile achieving what's they can do before they left earth. Today, I learn that life is simple but we make it complicated and our brain never stop thinking even in our sleep. Please ignore this post if you think it disturbing.