Press statement of Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL)
AELB lacks transparency despite promising to adhere to IAEA recommendations
12th October, 2012
|AELB director-general Datuk Raja Abdul Aziz Raja Adnan (far left) being heckled by SMSL demonstrators after a court hearing in Kuantan on October 10, 2012|
Last June, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was invited by the Malaysian Government to provide an assessment of a particular phase of the licensing process for Lynas. The IAEA has made eleven recommendations which the Government and Lynas have publicly agreed to adhere to.
Mr Tan Bun Teet, a Kuantan resident and spokesperson for SMSL said “Both Lynas and the Malaysian Government have failed to live up to their promises to adhere to the IAEA recommendations to better inform the public and to be transparent in its licensing process. How then can we the people trust them in ensuring that the rare earth plant will be managed to a high standard?”
The IAEA has especially made 3 main public communications recommendations and an 11th recommendation was made to attempt to bind the Government to an action plan. However, apart from the initial publicity and public relation stunts, neither the Government nor Lynas has lived up to its promises.
“It is clear from the beginning that the Government has failed in its duty of care to consider the long term future and sustainable development of Malaysia. We the rakyat/citizens have no choice but to act and fight for our rights to protect our home and our future.” Remarked Haji Ismail Abu Bakar a Kuantan resident and a strong opponent to the Lynas project.
SMSL is concerned that Lynas has yet to come out with a safe long-term radioactive waste management plan for the rare earth plant and yet it has been issued the licence to import the ore and to dispose of its waste.
“The Government is once again putting the horse before the cart risking the hard-earned investment of the rakyat and their long-term well-being in this country for a company that pays no tax in Malaysia. This is unacceptable and we will fight till the end to stop this foolish decision. Lynas has no place in Malaysia.” Concluded Mr Tan.