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Monday October 28, 2013 MYT 7:27:11 AM
YAN: The Kedah government will gather feedback from locals before deciding whether to proceed with the Yan Petroleum Industry Zone (Zipy) project.
Mentri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said the outcome would depend on the people in the affected area, including those in Sungai Limau.
The state had put the project on hold after receiving complaints from padi farmers, he told reporters after launching a mobile Community Transformation Centre at Simpang Tiga Sungai Limau here yesterday.
Mukhriz was commenting on a statement made by PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar who asked for proof that the project had been cancelled while campaigning for the Sungai Limau by-election here.
The state government, he said, would normally gather feedback from local residents affected by any project it wanted to implement.
The Zipy project was announced in 2007 by the Barisan Nasional state government which had targeted an annual collection of RM400mil in taxes from the project that was planned to be operational next year.
The private-funded project aimed to get crude oil from the Middle East for refinery here before being exported to Asian countries.
Barisan shelved the project after it lost Kedah to Pakatan Rakyat in the 2008 general election.
The PAS-led state government then decided to revive the project and renamed it the Sungai Limau Hydrocarbon Hub but the project did not materialise due to technical and financial issues.
On another matter, Mukhriz said the state government would prepare a detailed study for a secondary school in Bukit Besar here following requests from locals.
“There are four primary schools in Bukit Besar but no secondary school,” he said.
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