In a recent International Business Times (IBT) article, it was misreported that SMSL has apologised to Lynas and has retracted a statement made about its rare earth refinery plant.
This news story is erroneous and factually incorrect because SMSL has made NO such apology or retraction. SMSL is determined to and will continue to defend the rights of citizens to free speech, to campaign for a clean and safe future for our family and our country.
Mr Tan Bun Teet representing SMSL has written to the Editor of the IBT seeking a public apology and immediate correction to the article. SMSL will take up legal action against the IBT if no apology and retraction is made. SMSL will also lodge a complaint with the Australian Journalists Association which is strict on journalistic ethics and professionalism.
SMSL is committed to fighting Lynas until the end, including its defamation suit. It is the online news portal Free Malaysia Today that has chosen to apologise to Lynas and retracted the so-claimed defamatory statement. Its action has no bearing nor association with SMSL’s current or future direction.
SMSL remained firmed on our stance and our statements about the Lynas rare earth plant because we have reliable information and relevant professional experts to back up our statements in court.
Towards this end, SMSL is highly appreciative of the strong spirit of solidarity and support demonstrated by civil society groups and concerned individuals all over Malaysia and overseas.
The Lynas rare earth project is not just a Kuantan issue as it will affect the whole nation. No one should tolerate a foreign company building a risky plant of the scale and size in a developing country with limited capacity to monitor, assess and managed.
The 12-year tax break granted to a project in exchange for a massive amount of hazardous and radioactive waste to contaminate Malaysia forever is a last straw on a camel's back for us. This is the most ludicrous political decision the government has made.
Tax payers and citizens expect a Government to exercise its duty of care to ensure a nation's well beings and long-term future are secured not to subject citizens to the hazards of Lynas’ radiation and toxic waste.