MCLM to join solidarity walk to stop Lynas project

Posted on May 16, 2011. Filed under: Pollution |

– Free Malaysia Today-

MCLM president Haris Ibrahim said the rare earth project in Pahang will destroy lives and leave behind a trail of pollution that will last for years.

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) will join the Stop Lynas Solidarity Walk scheduled to be held on Friday.

Urging all Malaysians to join the walk, its president Haris Ibrahim said the Lynas rare earth project in Gebeng, Pahang, posed a clear and present danger to the people.

“Local and foreign experts have warned that the rare earth industry will destroy people’s lives, wreck the environment and leave behind a trail of poison that will linger for billions of years,” Haris said in a statement.

The Lynas project, which is scheduled to operate by year-end, had drawn flak from nearby residents, non-governmetal organisations and opposition lawmakers who have all expressed concern over its long-term effects on the people.

Yesterday, the police have arrested four people at a DAP office in Kuantan to protest against the rare earth project.

Haris reminded the public of the Bukit Merah rare earth fiasco in the 1980s, saying the younger generation there was still suffering from being exposed to its pollutants.

“At least eight leukaemia cases, with seven resulting in death, have been linked to the Asian Rare Earth plant operations,” he said.

Mitsubishi Chemicals, which operated Bukit Merah plant, is still carrying out a massive RM300 million clean-up of the area though the plant was shut down in 1992.

“The Lynas project also violates the people’s rights as they never consulted by the state government before giving the Australian company its approval,” said Haris.

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