578 fishermen seek recompense over land reclamation

JOHOR BARU: Some 578 traditional fishermen in Pengerang, Kota Tinggi, yesterday filed a suit seeking compensation for land reclamation work in connection with the deep sea petroleum terminal project.

The writ of summons and statement of claim were filed by counsel Mohd Shujaa Halim of law firm Shujaa Mazri & Co at the High Court registrar office, Menara MSC Cyberport here.

Shujaa told reporters the three defendants named in the suit were Pengerang Independent Terminal Sdn Bhd, Dialog E&L Sdn Bhd and the Johor government.

The fishermen are seeking compensation of RM500,000 each for loss of income and an injunction restraining the first and second defendants from continuing work until their demands are met or after the compensation is awarded.

Earlier, some of the fishermen gathered peacefully in the compound of Menara MSC Cyberport before the writ of summons and statement of claim were filed, Bernama reported.

Pengerang is being developed into an oil and gas (O&G) hub that will rival the petroleum hub in Kerteh, Terengganu as part of the government’s Economic Transformation Programme. Local O&G player Dialog Group Bhd is investing RM6 billion in a deepwater petroleum terminal over 10 years, while Petroliam Nasional Bhd is building a RM60 billion refinery and petrochemical integrated complex by 2015.

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