Pro-Lynas group bullies protestors as IAEA panel meets

Posted on May 31, 2011. Filed under: Pollution |

-The Malaysian Insider-

By Shannon Teoh
May 31, 2011

Protestors forcing the Beserah group to leave. — Pictures by Shannon Teoh

KUANTAN, May 31 — For the second day in a row, demonstrators supporting the controversial rare earth plant forced anti-Lynas protestors to leave the Hyatt Regency here.

The group of about 100 men confronted a group of residents from Beserah, where the plant is located, just as they finished their meeting with the International Atomic Energy Agency-led (IAEA) team that is here to meet local stakeholders.

After a scuffle, the Beserah group led by their assemblyman Syed Mohammad Lonnik and community leader Andansura Rabu had to be escorted by police light strike force officers to their car.

Earlier in the morning, protestors wearing “Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas” T-shirts were also chased away from the beach in front of the hotel by the pro-Lynas group.

Many of the pro-Lynas group were those here yesterday holding up banners supporting the IAEA and also Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.

Two reporters from Chinese daily Nanyang Siang Pau were also confronted by men who demanded they stop taking pictures.

The two reporters who were confronted by pro-Lynas demonstrators.

One of the reporters said a man threatened to punch her if she did not stop.

“You want to report good or bad, think properly first. The government has already brought in a panel of experts.

“I am from Balok. We are more concerned than these people who come from Ipoh, Seremban and KL. Why do we want to chase away investors?” said members of the group to reporters later.

The nine-man review panel is here on a four-day visit to hear concerns from local residents and lobby groups before compiling a report by the end of June.

The government had bowed to public pressure last month and put the project by Australian miner Lynas Corp on ice pending the review by the team of international experts.

Despite the government review, Lynas expects no delay to its plans to begin operations in September as it maintains the plant is safe.

It is anticipating a windfall of RM8 billion a year from 2013 onwards from the rare earth metals that are crucial to the manufacture of high-technology products such as smartphones, hybrid cars and bombs.

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“LYNAS PROJECT WASTE MANAGEMENT: A Test of Australia and Malaysia Committment to Environment Governance and Responsibility”

Due to the nature and character of commercial activities engaged by Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP), there is a serious need for all parties and stakeholders to view the costs-benefit analysis from both an Islamic Risk Analysis perspective besides the Environment Governance and Responsibility Perspective paradigm.

A fair and equitable approach to the Lynas promject must be addressed from an objective and social responsibility analysis without fear and favour.

I believe the government will view the Lynas issue seriously and IAEA will provide a fair and objective opinion on the matter.

Jeong Chun phuoc
Expert Consultant
An Advocate in Strategic Environment and Taxation Intelligence
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Jeong Chun phuoc
Expert Consultant
An Advocate in Strategic Environment and Taxation Intelligence
he can be reached at

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