Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh has been protesting the presence of Lynas Corporation since the inception of Lynas which is 18 November 2008.
She said that her government will review multiple issues such as licensing, waste management, residue, and discharge from the plant and whether current status of the facts provided are true and fair. She added that if that were any facts that are false or hidden from public, the Pakatan Harapan government will open and scrutinize the issue in the Parliament Meeting.
The issue about Lynas Corporation is not about its mining procedures, but rather how Lynas deals with the waste that is created during the mining process. The process of mining rare earth elements requires a digging up of waste deposits that contains low level of thorium. Thorium is low level radioactive contaminant but has a long life span, making it dangerous to the vicinity of the mining site. There is a high risk of the radiation affecting the ecosystem, especially the sea life. Eventually, it will be consumed by humans.
Fuziah Salleh added that the people of Malaysia have been fooled. The law does not allow transportation of radioactive materials across countries and the radioactive waste requires a permanent disposal facility. Lynas has been storing the waste in Kuantan, Pahang.
Bentong MP Wong Tack also said the new (Pakatan Harapan) government’s election manifesto includes balance economic growth and environmental well being. Therefore, there is a need to look into the Lynas issue in Kuantan, Pahang.
He further explained that they will be fair in the process and no tougher regulations will be included. But the rule of law must be adhered to.
The Pakatan Harapan government does not have the authority to cease operations or the shut down Lynas Corporation due to rules and regulations. The government can only question and declassify related documents that were not released to the public.
By: EL Cheng
Aug 23, 2018 @ 11:29