Kami diberitahu yang baru-baru ini Kerajaan DAP P. Pinang telah secara tergesa-gesa meluluskan satu projek penghasilan panel solar di Batu Kawan, walaupun kilang yang serupa di negara China telah diarahkan ditutup kerana dibuktikan mendatangkan risiko kesihatan yang tinggi kepada penduduk sekitar.
SOS – Great health risk put under wraps by Guan Eng
Penangites better be warned that great health risk is lurking at your doorsteps. A massive RM2.2bil solar panel manufacturing plant had been given the go ahead by the State government.
And this was despite that a plant with similar manufacturing operations in China was forced to close down not too long ago because of health risks.
The reason – effluent from a large solar cell manufacturer in Zhejiang Province had wiped out a local fishing industry. It is a known fact that the manufacturing of Photovoltaics would pollute the environment and affect human health.
A similar threat is now looming over the Province Wellesley people in Penang where a similar plant is being built in Batu Kawan. Their fate is now in the hands of the Penang government to stop the setting up of the plant.
Although Robert Bosch GmbH claims it is delaying construction of the plant, its president for South East Asia Martin Hayes had said that the company remained committed in the construction of the plant in Penang.
However there are contradictions here. InvestPenang general manager Loo Lee Lian had said that the state government would do its best to expedite the solar panel project.
She also said that Robert Bosch had started to make payments to fulfill the terms and conditions of the sale of the 80-acre site for the plant in Batu Kawan.
Construction of the plant was scheduled to start end of last year with production process to begin end of 2013.
Apa yang menimbulkan persoalan di sini adalah, mengapa DAP dan Himpunan Hijau tidak menentang pelaksanaan projek seperti ini? Mengapakah mereka bersungguh-sungguh menentang kilang Lynas yang telah disahkan oleh IAEA sendiri sebagai selamat tetapi dalam masa yang sama meluluskan pula projek yang dibuktikan memberikan risiko kesihatan yang buruk di CHINA?!!
Apakah kerana projek panel solar tersebut dilaksanakan di kawasan orang Melayu?!!