Drop the RM1.5 billion Broga incinerator to safeguard national interest and the health of the people

Media Statement
by Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew  

(Petaling Jaya, Tuesday): Deputy Minister of Housing and Local Government Datuk Robert Lau said that the final EIA report for the RM1.5 billion Broga incinerator will be out in a few months. He also argued that the country needs to look for such alternative before there’s shortage of land for landfill for solid waste.

There’s nothing new in his argument if we compare his with earlier statements by Ong Ka Ting and M.Kayveas. No one ever says that the country does not need to look for better alternatives for the management of solid waste, which has exceeded the 10,000 tons per day mark for some time now. In fact, we have proposed the zero waste management method, which was proven viable and effective in many European countries, as a better alternative than the conventional landfill method to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government and Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology more than a year ago.

The DAP has also outlined the weaknesses and flaws of the EIA report done on the Broga project to the Environmental Department in Putrajaya but sad to disclose that we have yet to receive any reply or response from the department. Alternatively, the DoE should conduct public hearings or consultative dialogues with the residents and other complainants who put in their protests before approving the EIA report.

DAP reiterates our strong objection to the Broga incinerator project for both safety and cost reasons. There’s no way the government could guarantee that the so-called world’s largest incinerator to be constructed in the Semenyih water catchments area would be safe. As a matter of fact, the government would be hard-pressed to find an insurer in the world to underwrite a policy for such a massive and potentially dangerous project.

And economically, there’s no way we can sustain such an expensive method of waste management, bearing in mind that this proposed RM1.5 billion incinerator could only process no more than 2,000 tons a day, and the authority needs another 40 to 50 million ringgit for annual maintenance. It’s in the national interest and the safety and good health of the people that the project must be dropped without any delay.


* Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, DAP national publicity secretary