Consumerist: Johor told – Recruit Skilled/ Respected Professional Team To address Communications/Intel Dissemination To Offset Rapid Critics!
In the public statement it is stated that the Johor Government
will hold a meeting with about 2,000 residents in Pengerang, whose land was acquired for the construction of the estimated RM 60 billion Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) complex which is expected to be fully operational by 2017!
Dear friend and Menteri Besar Abdul Ghani Othman has put a ‘time line’ for the said meetings to be held early next month where it is expected for the government to update and brief the residents on the relevant National Land Code provisions and matters therein which includes compensation related to the said project!
Among the features are that each landowners would receive cash for their land plus a 6,000 sq ft plot for a new home, two acres plot for agriculture and subsidized constructions for the new modern home.
On the bigger picture full infrastructure for a new settlement would also be provided and spinoffs from the said project includes 40,000 new jobs and the total development in Pengerang area would be another 8,800 hectares in development plan, which will spread in 30 years
Which includes foreign direct investments related to the petrochemical industry which will all make that southern tip a harnessed and optimized for the making of a petrol chemical industry of international proportions!
Though I am glad to hear that the Johor State Government will ensure that all necessary environmental issues be carefully looked at which includes an EIA study planned before work starts which includes special provisions for fishermen in the affected area with alternate plans which includes large fresh water fish projects I have my reservations.
I am also glad to hear that all State Government agencies will address issues pertaining to RAPID but spare me the details because even before they have moved I am aware from my intelligence unit on the ground in Johor that there are political predators local and foreign, very involved and active teams on the ground already equipped with the scare tactics mounting fear and anxiety among the residents and the neighborhood!
They are well funded and financed, well versed with the issues, coordinated, intelligent, extremely motivated, dedicated and focused!
And many opposition politicians are also on the bandwagon and it is a strange mix that is now emanating which is powerful and extremely dangerous in political vote count and collateral damage included with a view to GE13!
Now compare that with our government agency ‘intelligentsia’, recruits, academia, friendly bloggers, experts, and others addressing counter espionage tactics, spins, and scare mongering – all issues they are not at all trained in nor prepared!
Look at their track record so far nationally!
Now honestly rate them!
You got my drift!
It is time for the state government to recruit an experienced team who know how to address and beat off these components in their own game!
I pray the state government is listening to me!