Monday, 14 May 2018

Pakatan to review Lynas rare earth operations
Nation Sunday, 13 May 2018 9:16 PM MYT
by ong han sean

File photo of the the Lynas rare earth refinery in Gebeng, near Kuantan.

KUANTAN: The Pakatan Harapan Government will have to review the operation of the Lynas rare earth refinery here, especially its waste management.

Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh said she had asked the anti-Lynas groups to compile documentations on the Lynas issue such as the licensing of the plant in Gebeng here.

"We have to look into the various issues such as licensing, waste management, residue and discharge from the plant and whether we are getting the correct information before this.

"If there is data that is being kept from us, we will open and scrutinise it," she said at a thanksgiving event in celebration of Pakatan's victory here Sunday.

Fuziah said the issue with Lynas was not about closing down the plant but rather about its waste management.

"I have always said that the best practice is to send the waste back. Although the residue has a low radiation level it has a long life. Our duty is protecting the people from being exposed to it in the long term.

"Such radiation will affect not only our health but the ecosystem. It can even go into our food chain," she said.

Fuziah said she would engage with the ministry appointed to oversee the matter as this issue was of utmost priority to her.

"We have to review everything such as the lack of a permanent disposal facility that has been promised by the previous ministers. They got away without doing it," she claimed.

"We know the law does not allow transportation of radioactive material across countries so the people have been fooled by the media all this while. The media covered up this issue, telling the people Lynas is safe," she said.

Fuziah added that the best solution was a permanent disposal facility and not merely storing the waste in Kuantan's "backyard".

Also present was Teruntum assemblyman Sim Chon Siang, who had been re-elected for his second term.

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