Charles Santiago

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Charles Santiago

Deklarasi Rakyat Kelang

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 10:04 PM PDT

1.    Kami rakyat Malayia yang berhimpun secara aman pada pagi ini di Kelang mendesak kerajaan pusat untuk membatalkan projek pembinaan loji nuclear di negara ini dan khusus nya di kawasan Klang.

2.    Kami percaya loji nuclear tidak selamat seperti kecemasan nuclear di Fukishima Jepun dan impak terhadap kesihatan rakyat ada lah serius;

3.    Kami cadang kerajaan focus kepada tenaga boleh bahru (renewable energy) untuk memenuhi keperluan tenaga negara;

4.    Kami tidak percaya dengan propaganda kerajaan pusat bahawa tenaga nuclear ada lah efisyen, bersih dan selamat;

5.    Kami minta kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat Selangor supaya tidak membenarkan pembinaan loji di negri Selangor


Deklarasi Rakyat Kelang

3hb April 2011

Jeti Pulau Ketam, Kelang.

Deklarasi Klang Bantah Pembinaan Loji Nuklea

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 09:19 PM PDT

Source: TV Selangor



PELABUHAN KLANG 3 APRIL: Polis mengenakan sekatan jalan untuk menghalang sebuah majlis tunjuk perasaan aman anjuran Pakatan Rakyat bagi membantah rancangan Kerajaan Persekutuan membina loji nuklear RM22 bilion di Pulau Ketam Selangor.

Kekangan polis itu bagaimanapun gagal menghalang Ahli Parlimen Klang Charles Santiago dan puluhan orang lain untuk berkumpul di sebuah dewan orang ramai bagi meluahkan bantahan mereka terhadap projek loji itu yang mencetuskan keresahan orang ramai.

“Kami, rakyat Malaysia yang hari ini berkumpul di Klang, mendesak Kerajaan Pusat membatalkan rancangan pembinaan loji nuklear di negeri ini khususnya di Klang. Kami percaya loji nuklear tidak selamat seperti di Fukushima, Jepun dan memberi impak kepada kesihatan rakyat adalah serius,” kata Charles, membacakan apa yang dikenali sebagai Deklarasi Klang.

“Kami cadang kerajaan beri fokus kepada tenaga boleh baru untuk tampung keperluan tenaga negara dan kami tak percaya propaganda kerajaan Pusat bahawa tenaga nuklear adalah bersih, efisien dan selamat. Dan akhir kami minta kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat Selangor tidak membenarkan pembinaan loji di Selangor,” terang Charles, membaca deklarasi itu dihadapan wakil media.

Sejak awal pagi, kira-kira 100 anggota polis mengadakan kawalan ketat di sekitar jeti Pulau Ketam bagi menghalang tunjuk perasaan itu yang mendapat sokongan pelbagai parti politik dan pertubuhan alam sekitar.

Penganjur  kemudian mengambil keputusan untuk mengalihkan majlis ke sebuah dewan orang ramai yang berhampiran.

Menurut Charles, kerajaan Barisan Nasional hanya akan membazirkan wang rakyat jika meneruskan pembinaan loji nuklear berkenaan.

“Rancangan kerajaan sekarang ialah pada tahun 2021 dan 2022 ialah untuk bina loji nuklear di Malaysia. dan loji itu termasuk dalam program ekonomi kita,” kata Charles. “”Kosnya RM 22 Billion, tapi ikut masa, mungkin naik ke RM 50 Billion,” tambah beliau.

Tindakan polis pagi tadi menyebabkan ramai pihak dapat menyertai perhimpunan ini untuk meluahkan rasa kesal terhadap projek loji nuklear berkenaan.

Sejak awal pagi lagi, sekatan dilakukan di jalan masuk Jeti ini manakala mereka ingin melaluinya disoal serta digalakkan polis untuk meninggalkan kawasan berkenaan.

Charles dan hadirin lain dihalau sebanyak dua kali dari kawasan jeti Pulau Ketam oleh polis sebelum mereka berkumpul di sebuah Dewan milik Majlis Perbandaran Klang untuk meneruskan protes.

Charles menganggap provokasi polis itu sebagai memalukan kerana hak rakyat untuk bersuara dinafikan.

“Rakyat tak diberi peluang hak berhimpun secara aman. Walaupun ia menjadi hak yang diberi Perlembagaan Malaysia tapi Polis Di Raja Malaysia yang sekarang ini seperti Raja Malaysia.

“Ini merupakan sesuatu yang memalukan. Kalau (loji nuklear) ada masalah, pejabat polis kena, anak-anak mereka kena. Jadi mereka patut bersama-sama kita dan bukan menentang hak kita,” tambahnya lagi.



Deklarasi Klang Bantah Pembinaan Loji Nuklear

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 09:08 PM PDT

Source: TV Selangor

Police Intimidation, Protest & Future of Nuclear Plants in Malaysia?

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 08:15 PM PDT

Anyone coming to Port Klang on Sunday morning would have thought a coup was in place. Hundreds of policemen walked around with stern faces, car booths were checked and people were questioned as to why they were at the vicinity.

In reality, the people were there to protest against the construction of nuclear power plants in the country – a plan that the government is trying to bulldoze through with as little transparency as possible.

We were not armed with sophisticated weapons but held banners calling on the government to stop its plans to build the two 1,000-megawatt nuclear plants at the possible cost of RM 21.3 billion by 2021 and instead listen to peoples’ opinion on this matter.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has been trumpeting his “people first” campaign. But the ground reality is that the people, who were walking to the protest venue, were forced to turn back due to the harassment from the police.

Maybe Najib would listen to public opinion only if it tangos with his own.

I have said this in the past and I am repeating this here – police gangsterism and intimidation are shameless behavior. The police cannot keep going to the mat for UMNO politicians.

For example, a protest outside the Klang Utara police station demanding a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the alleged sex video of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was allowed to go on.

This stinks of double standards and mobilizing the huge number of policemen to aggressively pressure the protesters to turn back is a sheer waste of public resources.

What the government and police have not learnt is that the people would not be cowed down by their selective persecution. The lobby against the nuclear power plants would go on as it is an unacceptable risk to humanity and the environment.

Nuclear power plants are the most dangerous creations of men, next to nuclear warheads. Therefore, I consider it a criminal act on the part of the Malaysian government to insist on building the plants despite strong indications that risks from nuclear disasters are real and long-lasting.

Billions of dollars swayed the president and four top executives of the Tokyo Electronic Power Co (Tepco) to fake safety data over its nuclear reactors.

Likewise corruption is rampant in UMNO and clearly the government’s plans to construct the nuclear plants are unaccountable and riddled with lies.

The Malaysian government cannot be taken in by the rosy picture painted by nuclear lobbyists. And neither should the possible kickbacks be an inspiration to go ahead with the construction that would contribute to the creation of tens of thousands of lethal, high-level radioactive waste and result in another Fukushima or Chernobyl.

Three of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors exploded following the recent earthquake and radiation exposure continue to be a concern for the workers at the devastated nuclear facility.

And Japan seems to be losing the battle to save the fourth nuclear reactor.

The bodies of hundreds killed by the earthquake and tsunami is still lying unrecovered as retrieving them would mean exposure to toxic levels of radiation. If the bodies are cremated, the smoke could spread radioactive material. If they are left to decompose, the bodies would contaminate the soil with radioactive material.

According to medical experts, Ukraine, Russia and Belarus have seen a huge increase in childhood cancer since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. The region has also been burdened with the continuing decontamination and healthcare costs.

Thirty one deaths were directly attributed to the Chernobyl explosions. The World Health Organization suggests that the number of deaths potentially resulting from the accident could reach 4,000 while a Greenpeace report puts it at 200,000.

Closer to home, at least eight leukemia cases were linked to exposure to radiation from the Asian Rare Earth factory in Menglembu, Perak.

Nuclear lobbyists tell us that nuclear energy is clean and could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But this argument does not hold water and more so in Malaysia as we are yet to explore renewable energy options as a way of working towards energy efficiency.

The government must look at viable options like using the local renewable energy sources such as geothermal, wind and solar to ensure a sustainable transition for a developing country like ours.

This would provide affordable and secure energy supply and increase human well-being without fossil fuels.

A global move would also create eight million jobs in the renewables sector by 2020.

Najib has said that he would consult the relevant bodies and people before making a conclusive decision. The premier has also indicated that he is still in the midst of reviewing the nuclear project.

We all know that these are mere words used to hood-wink the people. But the people are clear. They do not want nuclear facilities in the country.

And therefore my Pakatan Rakyat colleagues and I would continue working together with the rakyat to exert pressure on the government to abort this idea.

Charles Santiago,

Member of Parliament, Klang

Heavy police presence mars anti-nuke demo

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 06:38 PM PDT

Source: Free Malaysia Today


K Pragalath | April 3, 2011

The police pressure forced the demonstrators to move away from the jetty point to the Klang Municipal Stadium where they held a brief gathering before dispersing.

KLANG: A heavy police presence today disrupted a peaceful demonstration against the possible construction of nuclear power plant at Pulau Ketam in Selangor.

Led by DAP's Klang MP Charles Santiago, about 200 people started gathering at the Pulau Ketam jetty this morning. They were from numerous NGOs, such as the Klang Consumer Association, and several Pakatan Rakyat local councillors. Many had brought their children.

"However there were about 500 policemen to stop us in the jetty area," said Santiago.

He added that the heavy police presence caused panic among the people who had only come to stage their objections peacefully against any plans by the government to place its nuclear plant in Selangor.

"The police were totally blatant, unprofessional and displayed thuggish behaviour," he said.

The police had also erected roadblocks on the routes to the jetty.

Santiago said that the police pressure on them caused them to move away from the jetty point to the Klang Municipal Stadium where they held a brief gathering to outline their objections before dispersing.

No one was arrested during the gathering either at the jetty point or at the stadium.

The Klang police, when contacted, said they were there to stop an illegal assembly. Santiago said he had not applied for a police permit as "it is our right to gather peacefully".

Five demands

Santiago said that the protesters had five demands to make to the government, the main one calling for the federal government to cancel any kind of plans to build nuclear power plants in the country.

The anti-nuclear plant group also stressed that they were not buying the government's propaganda that nuclear energy was safe.

"We want the government to concentrate on renewable energy," said Santiago of their third demand.

Fourthly, they emphasized on the dangers of having nuclear power plants and finally they urged the Pakatan-controlled Selangor to disallow the construction of any nuclear power plants in the state.

Also present at the demonstration were Selangor state exco Dr Xavier Jayakumar, Klang DAP parliamentary liaison committee chief Ivan Ho and local PAS leader Mohd Hanif Prasad Abdullah.

While the government has said that it was proceeding with its plans to build nuclear plants, it has nevertheless not publicly identified the sites for these plants.

The protest organisers believed that the nuclear plants will be build next to water source, and that Pulau Ketam was an ideal location.

Santiago cited Fukushima island in Japan as an example.

"It is away from the people on the mainland," he said, adding that any radiation leak, when it happens, would still be dangerous to the people as was being seen in Japan now.

Protes Pembinaan Loji Nuklear di Klang

Posted: 03 Apr 2011 07:25 AM PDT

Ahli Parlimen Klang, pemimpin pakatan rakyat / NGO telah  mengadakan perhimpunan secara aman mengenai protes pembinaan loji nuklear di Klang pada 3 April 2011, 10am di Jeti Pulau Ketam

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