Second 2-paged advertisements by the
Ministry of Housing and Local Government continues to hoodwink the
Malaysian public that incineration is clean and safe
by Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew
The Ministry of Housing and
Local Government under the ministership of MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka
Ting put up a second 2-paged advertisement in all major newspapers
yesterday, aiming at convincing the Malaysian public that incineration is
the way to go.
The first page carried a
headline that says " What a waste! It now costs more than RM400 million a
year to treat trash". The second full colour page again carried an
illustration of an incinerator, with a headline that says " Achieving 0%
open dumps by 2020".
These advertisements were being
used to hoodwink the Malaysian public that the proposed RM1.5 billion Broga
incinerator is clean and safe, with a better control of dioxin formation.
The campaign once again confirms that a fluidised bed gasification and ash
melting thermal treatment plant will be built in Broga. Those who follow the
issue closely would have known by now that a company which is in dire
straits (Ebara Corporation of Japan) was given the contract to design and
build the world's largest incinerator, with a capacity of treating 1,500
tonnes per day, and a life-span of around 21 years.
What this advertising campaign
fails to inform the Malaysian public is:
Incineration method is
the most expensive method to treat trash. The cost of burning trash has been
estimated to be around RM240 per tonne. Malaysians will be forced to pay a
very high price in the form of assessment and quit rent eventually
Incinerator is like a
cancer factory. Incineration will inevitably produce dioxin, a cancer
causing agent and other poisonous elements such as lead and mercury.
Incineration would certainly push the number of cancer cases in the country
to an even greater height ( it's about 1in 4, currently)
Broga/ Semenyih is
actually a water catchment area, supply water to no less than 1.5 million
people in the Klang Valley and Putrajaya.
The gasification ash
melting thermal treatment technology used by Ebara Corporation is still in
its infant stage. Numerous reports from Japan have proven that this pilot
technology is not stable and have caused the company a lot of money to fix
Ong Ka Ting should not
have wasted the taxpayer money (no less than RM 1 million) to run
advertising campaigns before the release of the EIA report. It is also wrong
for him to pre-empt the EIA report, an excuse he used for avoiding dialogue
with the Broga/ Beranang/ Semenyih people. One just wonder whether Perunding
Utama (the company which was given the task to do up the EIA report) would
not be influenced by the series of advertisements, which is a reflection of
the ministry's agenda.
* Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, DAP national publicity secretary