MP hopes to get 50,000 signatures against plant

Posted on March 21, 2011. Filed under: Pollution |

-The Star-

KUANTAN: A Kuantan MP wants to collect 50,000 signatures to petition against the controversial rare earth processing plant in Gebeng.

Fuziah Salleh of PKR plans to deliver the petition to Cabinet ministers before the current Parliament meeting ends on April 7 – urging the Governmentt to stop Australian company Lynas Corporation from starting operations at the US$230mil (RM690mil) plant.

“I learnt that the Malaysian Atomic Energy Licensing Board has issued a licence for Lynas to build the plant but has yet to issue a licence for its operation,” she told residents at the Kuantan Community Centre.

Fuziah questioned the benefits from processing the ore in Malaysia, saying that thorium radioactive waste would be left behind long after the rare earth from Australia was completely mined.

Lynas aimed to reduce China’s monopoly of the global supply of rare earth metals essential for making products like flatscreen TVs, mobile phones, hybrid cars and even weaponry by constructing what would become the world’s biggest rare earth processing plant.

On proponents’ claims that the waste only contained low levels of radioactive elements, Fuziah said that was not an excuse to go ahead with the plant.


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