Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Taman Tas Anti-Lynas Talk 稀土講座民眾被趕


2011-08-21 

據記者現場觀察所得,主辦單位在9時許開始以茶點招待當地民眾,及在內堂做設置準備,人潮在9 時45分逐增之際,忽然被一名自稱為達士花園睦鄰計劃的成員沙利及有關禮堂負責人阿祖瓦雅哈亞以講座帶有政治課題,以及參與者身穿黑衣2大理由,關掉禮堂 內的電源總掣及窗戶,拒絕當局在該禮堂舉辦活動。

聲稱受州議員指示辦事
當眾人進一步追問他們是代表誰發言時,他們指說受州議員指示辦事。
身處現場約200名包括當地居民者,只好隨著主辦單位移步到鄰近的華人茶餐室,將講座臨時改為茶會。

覺之家負責人林繼昌說,他在8月16日與阿祖瓦雅哈亞接洽時,曾表明租借禮堂舉辦稀土講座,當時對方答允租出,並收取100令吉訂金及開出一張寫上他名字、地址、日期、及訂金數額的小字條作為收據。


“當時他答應出租,所以我們放棄原本在12英里租借的禮堂,集中在達士花園,現在對方卻以政治課題拒絕活動進行。”


他認為事件的結果是因受到上層(州議員)的壓力所致。
“我們與拯救大馬委員會討論過,下次也許會在酒樓舉辦。”
反悔出租禮堂,訂金也拿不回,但林繼昌表示不計較,只是感到遺憾,因為公民沒有得到發表言論的權利。


陳文德:小打擊不退縮
“講座是第3次被阻撓,我早有心理準備,這只是很小的打擊,我們不會退縮,反而再接再厲尋求大突破。”
“林明客家會館口頭答應我們借出地方,而海南會館則以白字黑字寫明,但最終因溝通問題而告取消。雖然白紙黑字承諾很重要,惟下次再租借地方,我們仍堅持講個‘信’字。”
黃慧兒(居民):隨意趕人不禮貌
“我在霹靂州唸書1年多,近來搬回關丹並在達士花園定居。一直都在留意稀土課題,今日剛好經過,於是準備透過講座瞭解進展。”
“我覺得有關人士驅趕主辦單位非常不友善和禮貌。他們可以隨意趕走人們?這不是民眾禮堂嗎?”


扎哈里(公正黨巴耶勿剎區部主席):居民有權使用禮堂
“禮堂是大眾的,社會課題當然在民眾禮堂進行,有關當局不應以政治課題理由強硬腰斬。”
“這是達士花園民眾禮堂,既然執政黨可以用來辦活動,居民也理應有使用權,尤其是達士的居民。”


李善清(居民):難得參與活動卻被取消
“我很關注稀土課題,不時留意拯救大馬的動向,只是住在達士花園較難配合他們的活動,得知他們今日到來辦講座,於是來購買稀土T恤,給予支持。”
“難得地點和時間配合,但活動卻被取消,我真的很失望。”
蘇玉雲(居民):講座取消很失望


“週日特地早起來過來聽聽稀土廠的進度,因為經常只是從報紙得知這個委員會的消息,未聽過他們的講座,豈料現在無法聽了,很失望。”
“民眾禮堂是一個全部人都可以用的公眾場所,有關人士不該這樣。"



A forum on Lynas rare earth refinary plant in Gebeng held in Taman Tas was stopped at the very last minute .

Abdul Wahab, claiming to be from Taman Tas Rukun Tertangga committee started turning off the power  main switch to the hall and also closed all windows just when the event was about to begin. The reason given was because the talk is political in nature and participants were wearing black T shirt. When pressed further by the organiser, he cited instruction was from the state legislator.

About  200 local residents then followed the organisers to a adjacent Chinese coffee shop to continue with the planned event in a less formal format.

Organiser 林繼昌 said he had met with Abdul Wahab on  August 16 on renting the hall for the rare earth talk.  A RM100 ringgit deposit was also been paid. A temporary receipt, with his name, address, date, and the small print of the deposit paid has also been given.

"At the time he agreed to rent, so we had to give up  on rented hall 12 miles away. Now they have denied the use of the hall on political issue ground”
He believes this is due to pressure from the state legislators. 
"We have discussed with the Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas commitee to have the next event held in a restaurant."


On the refusal to refund the hall rental,林繼昌 said he did not care. He just  feel sorry, because citizens do not get the freedom of speech.



陳文德:
"This is the third stoppage on our talk. I am mentally prepared, this is only a small blow, we will not back down, but persistent efforts to seek major breakthrough."
"Sungai Leambing Hakka Association verbally agreed to loan us their hall, while the Hainan Association has it stated in black and white. Both were  eventually canceled due to mis communication . We will still insist of writting for future renting of halls. "

黃慧兒(resident):
"I have studied for more than a year in Perak. Just moved back to Kuantan and settled in Taman Tas. Have been paying close attention to this rare earth subject. Today happens to be passing through . Was looking forward to the talk to gain further understanding.
"I think the person stopping the organisers has been very unfriendly and impolite. Isn’t this a public hall? How can they simply chase people away?” 

JohariPKR:
Residents have the right to use the hall
"Hall is for the public. Of course social issues are to be dicussed in  public hall . No reason to refuse entry using a political issue excuse”
"This is a public hall for Taman Tas residents.Since the ruling party can used it to organize activities, residents should have the right to use, especially Taman Tas’s residents."

李善清(resident):
"I am very concerned about the rare-earth issues. From time to time monitor the movement of save Malaysia. Living in Taman Tas makes it difficult to participate in their activities. On learning their arrival to Taman Tas today, I came to buy T shirt and give support."
"A rare occasion and timing, but the activity was canceled, I was really disappointed.” 


蘇玉雲(resident
"Specially came for this talk to know more about the progress of the rare earth plants. Only read form the newspapers  the news of the committee, never heard them talk before. Really dissapointed."

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