KOTA KINABLU (20 Mar 2010) - About 400 environment-friendly citizens from all over the State thronged the Star City Conference Centre in support of the Public Forum on Energy Options for Sabah being held here.
They jointly and persistently aired their views on the proposed controversial coal-fired power plant, while Professor Daniel M Kammen a leading expert from University of California, Berkeley, USA talked about the various alternative energy options that the State could consider.
Also present at the forum were speakers from Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) and Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB).
The public forum was organised by green SURF (Sabah Unite to Re-power the Future) a coalition comprising of five prominent NGOs namely the Land Empowerment Animals and People (LEAP), Partners of Community Organisations (PACOS TRUST), Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA), the Malaysian Nature Society Sabah Branch and the Sabah office of WWF-Malaysia.
The coalition aims to present positive solutions to the current energy situation in Sabah. "It's time to promote and provoke a paradigm shift in thinking about the future of energy in Sabah," said a representative of the coalition.
Video by S L Chong, Citizen Journalist