KUALA LUMPUR: AN independent study must be conducted before building the controversial Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC), said Himpunan Hijau Lestari Pengerang organisers.
The group's adviser, Thomas Fann, said the project should be halted for an independent study and that the group will be gathering in Dataran Sungai Rengit on Sunday to highlight the plight of the Pengerang residents.
"By building PIPC, the Pengerang residents, who are mostly fishermen and farmers, could be losing their source of income," said Fann, who was accompanied by a busload of Pengerang residents at the Parliament building yesterday.
"We want sustainable development and we want the people to be compensated fairly." There have been several protests against PIPC.
The project involves the development of 8,000ha in Pengerang where 2,549.51ha have been acquired by Petronas to develop Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) at RM60 billion.
Himpunan Hijau Lestari president Anis Afida Mohd Azli said the people of Pengerang had submitted memorandums to Suhakam, the Prime Minister's Ofiice and the Johor menteri besar's office but the responses had been unsatisfactory.
Meanwhile, PAS has set up a taskforce, known as Mantap, to act as a watchdog for the project.
On the same issue, Malaysiakini reported Pengerang MP Azalina Othman as saying it was "unfair" to compare Rapid to the one rejected by the Taiwanese government.
Speaking to reporters at the Parliament lobby, she said the Taiwanese oil and gas project is "similar, but the circumstances are different".
Asked about a study that the Taiwanese project would reduce the life expectancy of those living close to the project, Azalina said the claim was not based on "direct evidence".