Wednesday January 14, 2009
MB: Kerpan suitable site for crude oil jetty
The site for a proposed crude oil jetty terminal to be built by SKS Development Sdn Bhd in Kerpan, Kedah, is the most suitable location for the project, Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak said.
He said this was because the place was not being used for padi cultivation.
“Our policy is to protect padi land from being used for development as we want to protect the country’s rice production.
“We also told SKS Development to lay the pipeline that would channel the crude oil from the jetty to the company’s refinery plant in Bukit Kayu Hitam 2m below the ground so that it would not disturb roads,” he said.
Azizan said that the state had proposed to the company to reclaim land for the terminal but the company preferred to build the facility on shore.
“We identified Kerpan as the most suitable site for the terminal. The company will pay compensation to the parties involved for the land acquisition,” he said when met after opening the CIMB Bank branch in Changlun on Monday.
Azizan said this when commenting on a peaceful demonstration on Sunday by more than 200 villagers from six villages in Kerpan asking the state government to scrap the plan to build the terminal in the area.
The group, holding placards and banners, had urged the state government to build the terminal elsewhere and had submitted an objection notice to the state.
Their spokesman, Izhar Azimat, 43, said the villagers learnt about the plan to build the terminal from the Kubang Pasu district Structural Draft Plan that was exhibited at the Kubang Pasu district council in December last year.
He said the site encompassed the Kerpan shrimp farm which employed more than 200 villagers and was close to six villages where they live.
Izhar said there were also villagers who conducted their own fishing and farming activities for a living.
The shrimp farm is managed by Blue Archipelago Berhad, a wholly-owned unit of Khazanah Nasional Berhad.