• Petitioned Abdul Rahim Abdul manap

This petition was delivered to:

(Director of DOE- Sabah)
Abdul Rahim Abdul manap
(Director of Assessments-DOE Federal)
Halimah Hassan
Malaysian Government
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia
Sabah Unite to Re-power the Future
Green SURF

SOS from Borneo: Say No 2 Coal!

    1. Angela Sevin
    2. Petition by

      Angela Sevin

      Oakland, CA

February 2011


It's hard to think of a worse place to build a coal-fired power plant than in Borneo, an island with rich rainforests, pristine beaches, and a tourism economy. Now, after three years of convincing, the Sabah government has officially scrapped the plans.

A strong grassroots coalition involving activists all over the world, including more than 3,500 people who took action on Change.org, prompted the reversal. In its official statement, the government itself said: "The Prime Minister understands that one of Sabah's greatest assets is its natural attractions and still somewhat pristine environment. While Sabah needs to increase power supply to meet increasing development, the state cannot afford to put its natural environment at risk...I know there has been certain objections to the proposed coal powered plant. Today is proof that such objections have not fallen on deaf ears." Read more about the victory here.

This issue is still urgent as the government of Malaysia has not given a final decision to reject the building of a coal-fired power plant in Sabah, Malyasian Borneo. The location is at the edge of the "Coral Triangle". These waters are the home for 75 percent of all known coral species, more than half of the world’s reefs, 40 percent of the world's coral reef fish species, and six of the world’s seven species of marine turtle. The possible irreversible damage that a coal-fired power plant could have on this marine zone is unfathomable! Not to mention the coal-fired plant will also be adjacent to Tabin Wildlife Reserve, the habitat of 40 remaining Bornean rhinos. So we are at a critical time...enough time to change the course of events, but no time to waste. Global attention at this time is urgently needed. We feel strongly, that the Prime Minister will be affected by and will respond to a global petition urging him to reconsider this decision. He has the opportunity to be a hero in the region by deciding against coal and for alternative energy.

Recent signatures


    1. Victory! Borneo Government Cancels Coal Plant

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      It's hard to think of a worse place to build a coal-fired power plant than in Malaysian Borneo, an island with rich rainforests, pristine beaches, and a tourism/fishing-dependent economy.
      So it's amazing news to hear that finally the Sabah...


    Reasons for signing

    • gerry collins TEMECULA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Good news! This is good beginning to help preserve some of our oceans eco system.


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