Najib: Lynas Corp would not be licensed if Govt was not convinced

Posted on February 27, 2012. Filed under: Pollution |

–The Star—
SEKINCHAN: Lynas Corp‘s rare earth plant in Gebeng has been reviewed by the Government and found to be safe, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He also said they were looking for an uninhabited location to place the waste material from the Lynas plant although it was scientifically safe.

“This move is to bring relief to the local community. Although it is safe scientifically, it may haunt the community psychologically and that must be taken into account,” he told reporters at the ground-breaking ceremony at SJK (C) Yoke Kuan here for the school’s new building block.

Najib said the plant would not have received an operating licence if the Government was not convinced that it was safe.

“But if there are people who object for political reasons, there is nothing we can do about it. Opposition parties will look for issues like this as capital to garner the support of the local community. But they are not finding a solution,” he said.

He added that the Government wanted a solution, which would be acceptable to the people without affecting investments, particularly if the investment is not dangerous or harmful to the local community.

In Kuala Lumpur, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said the party only supported facts and recommendations by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

He said it was not fair that Pakatan Rakyat had politicised the project and undermined the nation’s image.

In Kuantan, Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, in a press statement, praised the anti-Lynas Himpunan Hijau 2.0 rally for “generating income” for the town’s businesses, calling it demo-tourism.

Adnan added that the rally was proof of the healthy practice of democracy in the country as anyone could assemble and voice their dissatisfaction as long as they do not break the law.

Meanwhile, Himpunan Hijau 2.0 chairman Wong Tack threatened to hold another anti-Lynas rally if the Government did not respond within 24 hours. Wong also brushed aside Kuantan OCPD ACP Mohd Jasmani Yusoff’s statement that the organisers had violated several conditions, saying it was irrelevant.

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