KOTA KINABALU: The state government has been urged to search for alternative sources of energy instead of just relying on coal to generate power.
Sabah Wanita Umno chief Datuk Jainab Ayid said the state government should know of coal's environmental implications and respect the people's wish of not having it as an energy source.
"We know that Sabah faces power supply woes but we are also aware that the people of Sabah have mostly been against coal mining all these years," she said in a statement here Saturday (Nov 17).
She said the government must think of the bigger picture and place environmental protection first.
"We hope this new Warisan-led government would respect the people's wish," Jainab said when officiating at a Children's Day celebration in Kg. Kobuni in Inanam near here.
She said this in response to Tourism, Culture and Environment minister Datuk Christina Liew's recent statement that the state government was aware of the matter and are taking into account people's concerns on the proposed coal mining in Sabah.
"Any form of coal mining would greatly affect Sabah's environment.
"Sabah has many other options including hydro-power, solar, and natural gas," she said.
Jainab also hoped that the government would not exploit areas such as the totally protected areas of Maliau Basin and Danum Valley, known as the lost world of Borneo.