Malaysian court approves Lynas rare earths plant

ABC Radio Australia
International
Updated 8 November 2012, 21:22 AEST
Kate Arnott

A court in Malaysia has given Australian company Lynas the go ahead for its rare earths plant in Malaysia.

Lynas employees have faced off against activists calling for a further injunction.

Lynas employees have faced off against activists calling for a further injunction. (Credit: ABC) 

Audio: Anti-Lynas campaigner and Opposition MP, Fuziah Salleh discusses the court’s decision with Asia Pacific’s Sen Lam http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/asia-pacific/malaysian-opponents-of-lynas-rare-earths-plant-vow-to-fight-on/1043440


Malaysian Opposition MP and anti-Lynas campaigner, Fuziah Salleh, speaks to Asia Pacific about the latest court decision. (Credit: ABC) 

 

A court in Malaysia has paved the way for an Australian company to fire up its controversial rare earths plant in eastern Malaysia.

Lynas obtained permission for the facility in September, but activists took the case to court complaining that the environmental risks of the project were too great.

They wanted the court to grant a further injunction against Lynas’s operating licence.

On Thursday morning, the court ruled that the environmental concerns were premature.

The decision was met with disappointment by the activists, who faced off with workers from the plant outside the high court in Kuantan.

A Lynas spokesman says there is now no injunction or stay stopping Lynas from operating the plant.

Malaysian opponents to the plant say the processing of rare earth ore imported from Australia, would release radioactive gases and solid waste like thorium, radium, lead and small amounts of uranium into the environment.
The federal opposition MP for Kuantan, Fuziah Salleh, who has led protests against Lynas for over two years, says the fight is far from over.

“I am disappointed because the public has decided that they would accept the plant to operate in our backyard,” she told Asia Pacific.

“We will certainly bring this case of the Appeal Court, immediately file papers for the appeal court.

“And there is also another court case which is being referred to the Federal Court with regards to another judicial review regarding the detailed EIA (environmental impact assessment), which was not conducted on the plant.”

Ms Salleh says the public will continue to appeal to relevant ministers and authorities.

The hearing of an application for a judicial review into the granting of the licence is expected in a few months.

Lynas shares were placed in a trading halt pending the court decision.

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-11-08/malaysian-court-approves-lynas-rare-earths-plant/1043318

Kuantan MP: EC tinkering with electoral roll

Malaysiakini
Aidila Razak
2:21PM Nov 7, 2012

PKR claims that the Election Commission has been amending the electoral roll without first displaying the changes in the quarterly supplementary roll, which is open for public objection.

NONEKuantan MP Fuziah Salleh alleged that in Kuantan alone, 155 names were found to have suddenly appeared in the latest gazetted roll, while 433 names were removed.

“A large number disappeared without record while a large portion was moved to another parliamentary constituency without first being displayed (for objections),” she said.

“This is manipulation and could change the results. What if those 433 people are my voters?”

Fuziah won her seat in 2008 with a majority of 1,826 votes.

Speaking at the Parliament lobby, she said 155 names displayed to be struck off the Kuantan roll made it back into the gazetted roll even though no objection had been made to their removal.

This includes the name of 99-year-old Lee Tee, which was displayed for removal in 2011 but was found on the gazetted roll as at this morning, she said.

“We checked and her relatives informed us that she has passed away. Of the 155 in Kuantan, 130 are similar cases (to Lee’s).

“Nationwide, there are 40,786 names that had been displayed for removal, and have been re-inserted even though no objections were made against the names being removed.”

Full addresses missing

She added that the discrepancies in the roll were spotted after checks by party workers but this is difficult to do with the Election Commission now refusing to disclose full addresses of voters.

“The address listed could be number 10 of an apartment complex, but the complex may have blocks A to F, so we then have to go up and down all the blocks to find one voter,” she said.

She said that these problems faced showed that the Election Commission is not serious in cleaning up the roll and that any efforts taken are only “shut critics mouths or merely a media show”.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/213665

Video Perbahasan Bajet 2013 MP PKR Kuantan YB Fuziah Salleh

Rakaman video MP PKR Kuantan YB Fuziah Salleh bahas isu pengundi sah punya Mykad palsu, isu Lynas, RAPID Kuantan, isu kesaksamaan gender dan bajet gender pada 10 Oktober 2012 di Dewan Rakyat.

Good move but conditions questioned

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 09, 2012 – 14:18
Location:
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THE
 statement by the Election Commission that Malaysians residing overseas may be allowed to vote in the general election, subject to conditions, received mixed response.

Bersih steering committee Maria Chin Abdullah:

“It is good the Election Commission (EC)  finally put it through to Parliament but it is unconstitutional for EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof to limit the voting rights to Malaysians who have returned in the last five years. The process of voting must also be made clear and transparent. The EC must hold a public consultation or overseas voting will be a mess, especially if it is limited to a few countries only. Currently, some embassies do not have forms, etc, so there needs to be a proper briefing at the embassy level, too. The decision has come very late because the process needs a year to prepare so people understand it. The issue was initially raised last year. These voters are being termed postal voters, thus EC needs to define this category clearly. The decision must not be withdrawn at the last minute like what they did with the indelible ink last GE.”

Parti Keadilan Rakyat vice president and former elections director Fuziah Salleh:

“I see this move as pulling wool over the voters’ eyes. While the move is welcomed, the EC should not deny these Malaysians their rights by placing a condition requiring them to return once in five years. This is unnecessary because the fact these 20,000 Malaysians have registered to vote proves their loyalty to the country. While the decision has come late, because if it is gazetted by December, it only gives voters abroad two months to return to fulfill the requirement. With this hidden clause, the amendment makes no difference to overseas voters. It is merely a move to satisfy those of us who have been calling for this amendment. The EC and BN are afraid that those overseas who have been exposed to a more sophisticated democracy will add to our (PKR) advantage.”

DAP strategist Ong Kian Ming:

“Although, in principle, it is a good move, my concern is that overseas embassies won’t be pro-active enough in registering voters. For example, while overseas Malaysians are currently eligible to vote as postal voters even without such legislation changes, these embassies have yet to set any standards in enabling students to vote. Also, I feel many overseas voters may not be registered in time for the upcoming elections, as there appears to be no political will to enforce the amendments in embassies. The Election Commission needs to clearly communicate the guidelines and publish them online, especially in major embassies in which there are many Malaysians.”

PAS elections director Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli:

“This is a proposal originally tabled during a recent Parliamentary Select Committee meeting, in which I observed little real effort in enabling overseas voting. I am also sceptical as to whether the amendments will be properly implemented, whether it’s for postal voters or at Malaysian embassies overseas. Furthermore, I heard about the recent announcement from Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz about how six of the 32 proposals in the Special Election Committee report could not be implemented. I am unsure as to how effective the amendments will be overall.”

http://www.mmail.com.my/story/good-move-conditions-questioned-32725

Fuziah: Permohonan maaf tak gugat penolakan Lynas

(Oleh Norutul Ilham)

KUALA LUMPUR 19 Julai: Ahli Parlimen Kuantan, Fuziah Salleh berkata, kumpulan anti Lynas sama sekali tidak terkesan berhubung permohonan maaf oleh portal Free Malaysia Today (FMT) kepada syarikat daripada Australia itu.

Tegas beliau, walau apapun berlaku, kumpulan tersebut berpendirian untuk tidak menyokong projek loji nuklear di Gebeng Kuantan itu.

“Kumpulan anti Lynas tidak takut dengan permohonan maaf FMT kerana kita ada golongan profesional yang mempunyai alasan kukuh untuk menolak Lynas.

“Memang mereka tidak mahu Lynas beroperasi di kawasan kediaman mereka,” kata Fuziah ketika dihubungi.

Tambah Fuziah, FMT bertindak demikian bagi mengelakkan kos guaman dan pembaziran masa melalui perbicaraan di mahkamah.

“FMT tidak mahu meneruskannya kerana mungkin sebagai media, mereka tidak mahu masa terbuang dengan kes mahkamah.

“Mereka juga sebagai pelapor, bukannya penduduk dan penyokong kumpulan anti Lynas. Jadi mereka mengambil keputusan untuk memohon maaf sahaja,” katanya.

Dalam pada itu, beliau turut mempertikai kerajaan yang meluluskan Lesen Menduduki Sementara (TOL), sedangkan operasi loji Lynas belum mendapat kelulusan.

“TOL sudah diluluskan, AELB (Lembaga Perlesenan Tenaga Atom) juga kata selamat, PSC (Jawatankuasa Khas Parlimen) kata selamat, semua itu hanya bayang-bayang mereka berdepan Lynas.

“Kalau betul selamat, kenapa tidak mahu teruskan projek Lynas, atau pun tunggu lepas pilihan raya, baru mahu mula operasi,” tegasnya.

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Fuziah: Isu Lynas jadi mimpi ngeri kepada MCA

Free Malaysia Today
Muda Mohd. Noor
| June 25, 2012

Pemimpin PKR itu berkata, pemimpin MCA tidak bersuara mengenai isu tersebut sejak 2008 hingga 2011.

PETALING JAYA: Ahli Parlimen PKR Kuantan, Fuziah Salleh mendakwa isu Lynas yang diperjuangkannya telah menjadi mimpi ngeri kepada MCA.

“Nampak gayanya MCA  cukup punyai ketakutan yang amat sangat terhadap saya. Sehinggakan ketiadaan saya di Parlimen minggu lepas  dijadikan bahan ucapan utama mesyuarat agung tahunan mereka di Indera Mahkota, Paya Besar dan Kuantan.

“Saya juga perhatikan bahawa pemimpin MCA sanggup menyebar fitnah terhadap saya semata-mata untuk meraih kembali sokongan yang tentunya sudah cukup hilang terhadap parti itu,” katanya dalam kenyataan media hari ini.

Fuziah merujuk kepada kenyataan Timbalan Presiden MCA, Datuk Seri Dr Liow Tiong Lai, Senator Datuk Ng Fook Heng, Ketua MCA Kuantan, Datuk Ti Lian Ker dan  Phang Tzu Ming semasa berucap dalam mesyuarat agung MCA bahagian Kuantan, Paya Besar dan Indera Mahkota yang dilaporkan didalam beberapa akhbar bahasa Mandarin hari ini.

Pemimpin lantang PKR itu juga berkata, dua ADUN MCA yang bercuti ke Australia atas tajaan Lynas dan sekembali ke negara  mengatakan bahawa kilang itu selamat.

Katanya, para pemimpin MCA juga tidak langsung bersuara tentang isu Lynas dari 2008 sehinggalah 2011.

Mereka tambahnya, membisu sewaktu Kementerian Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri(MITI) membawa Lynas ke Malaysia dan ke Pahang pada awal 2008.

“Mereka juga membisu sewaktu setiap kali saya bangkitkan isu Lynas di Parlimen. Mereka hanya bersuara selepas mereka melihat rakyat menentang Lynas. Mereka bersuara kerana takut kehilangan sokongan rakyat.

“Maka dengan itu, janganlah mereka cuba untuk menjadi jaguh pula pada ketika ini,” tambah Fuziah.

`Rakyat tidak tertipu’

Pemimpin PKR itu menegaskan, Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) tidak wajar berada di Gebeng dan tidak harus dibenarkan beroperasi.

Menurutnya. segala laporan Jawatankuasa Khas Parlimen  (PSC) yang telah dibentangkan tersebut tidak lain dan tidak bukan hanyalah merupakan helah untuk membenarkan LAMP beroperasi.

“Tetapi) rakyat tidak akan tertipu lagi,” katanya.

Fuziah memberitahu, beliau keluar negara untuk belajar strategi pilihan raya dan bekerja dan bukan untuk bercuti.

Katanya, ketidakhadirannya  sewaktu perbahasan isu PSC tempoh hari tentu sama sekali tidak  menafikan segala usaha  menentang kehadiran LAMP selama tiga setengah tahun itu.

“Dan apa pun yang dikatakan oleh MCA tidak boleh menafikan segala  usaha tersebut. Rakyat juga cukup memahami bahawa hati saya di sebelah rakyat setiap kali isu Lynas saya bangkitkan di Parlimen  mahupun  di luar dewan.

“Rakyat lebih mengetahui apa yang mereka inginkan dan apa yang baik untuk rakyat amnya. Pemimpin MCA harus ikhlas berjuang untuk kebaikan dan kesihatan rakyat dan bukan  untuk mendapat sokongan semata,” tambahnya.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2012/06/25/fuziah-isu-lynas-jadi-mimpi-ngeri-kepada-mca/

MCA Sudah Bankrap Idea Isu Lynas

Kenyataan Media
Fuziah Salleh
MP Kuantan
25hb June 2012

Saya merujuk kepada kenyataan Dato Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Dato Ng Fook Heng, Dato Ti Lian Ker dan YB Phang Tzu Ming sewaktu didalam ucapan di mesyuarat agung MCA bahagian Kuantan, Paya Besar dan Indera Mahkota yang di laporkan didalam beberapa akhbar bahasa Mandarin hari ini.

Nampak gayanya MCA cukup punyai ketakutan yang amat sangat terhadap saya. Sehinggakan ketiadaan saya di Parlimen minggu lepas dijadikan bahan ucapan utama Mesyuarat Agung Tahunan mereka di Indera Mahkota, Paya Besar dan Kuantan. Saya perhatikan seolah-olah isu Lynas dan saya sudah merupakan mimpi ngeri buat MCA. Saya juga perhatikan bahawa pemimpin MCA sanggup menyebar fitnah terhadap saya semata-mata untuk meraih kembali sokongan yang tentunya sudah cukup hilang terhadap MCA.

Saya pergi keluar negara untuk belajar dan bekerja dan bukan untuk bercuti. Lagipun saya belajar tentang strategi pilihanraya.

Ketidak hadiran saya sewaktu perbahasan isu PSC tempoh hari tentu sama sekali tidak menafikan segala usaha saya menentang kehadiran LAMP selama 3 1/2 tahun yang lepas ini. Dan apa pun yang dikatakan oleh MCA tidak boleh menafikan segala usaha tersebut. Rakyat juga cukup memahami bahawa hati saya disebelah rakyat setiap kali isu Lynas saya bangkitkan di Parlimen mahupun di luar Dewan.

Ingin juga saya ingatkan bahawa yang pergi bercuti ke Australia diatas tajaan Lynas dan sekembali mereka ke Malaysia mengatakan bahawa kilang Lynas adalah selamat ialah merupakan dua org ADUN MCA.

Para pemimpin MCA juga tidak langsung bersuara tentang isu Lynas dari 2008 sehinggalah 2011. Mereka membisu sewaktu MITI membawa Lynas ke Malaysia dan ke Pahang pada awal 2008. Mereka juga membisu sewaktu setiap kali saya bangkitkan isu Lynas di Parlimen. Mereka hanya bersuara selepas mereka melihat rakyat menentang Lynas. Mereka bersuara kerana takut kehilangan sokongan rakyat. Maka dengan itu, janganlah mereka cuba untuk menjadi jaguh pula pada ketika ini.

Rakyat lebih mengetahui apa yang mereka inginkan dan apa yang baik untuk rakyat amnya. Pemimpin MCA harus ikhlas berjuang untuk kebaikan dan kesihatan rakyat dan bukan untuk mendapat sokongan semata.

Saya tegaskan disini sekali lagi bahawa LAMP tidak wajar berada di Gebeng dan tidak harus dibenarkan beroperasi. Segala laporan PSC yang telah dibentangkan tersebut tidak lain dan tidak bukan hanyalah merupakan helah untuk membenarkan LAMP beroperasi. Rakyat tidak akan tertipu lagi.

Sekian Terima Kasih.
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Fuziah Salleh
MP Kuantan, Malaysia.

MISCONDUCT by TV3 reporter over Lynas – PKR’s Fuziah to take action

Press Release
Fuziah Salleh
National Vice President
Kuantan MP

19th June 2012

Re: Issue on the safety of LAMP

It is expected that the BN administration will do anything to defend their mistake in adopting a WRONG decision of accepting the presence of LAMP in Malaysia. LAMP-Lynas Advanced Material Plant which in essence is the largest rare earth refinery outside China. I would go to the extent to say that the BN administration was perhaps hoodwinked into agreeing to accept the rare earth refinery in Malaysia during the year 2007 and early 2008. It is highly probable that the authorities were not even aware of what the whole refinery was all about.

It is also something to be expected for BN to use all three branches of power, namely the executive, the judiciary as well as the legislative to support them in this WRONG decision.

On top of that the BN administration is at liberty to take advantage of the government aligned media in influencing the public into believing their perspective of the issue.

However, it is appalling to say the least, when a government aligned media allows its employee to harass a Member of Parliament through phone calls and text messages.

This is the most recent text message that I received from an employee of TV3 who incidentally has also been attacking me personally during prime time on TV3.

“Salam Yb Dr Che Rosli. Tqvm for standing up to the truth on Lynas. Your moral and professional dignity is outstanding Sir. And I respect and appreciate that highly unlike others like Fuziah who just want mati2 to be kononnya the people’s hero. Sedih saya tengok gelagat dia as an ‘educated’ person. Again tqvm Sir and if I hve offended you or caused you 2 be put in a difficult situation, saya mohon maaf dgn ikhlas. May God bless u and your deeds always. Best regards Dato’ Karam Singh Walia TV3.”

Mr Karam Singh Walia cc’ed that text message to me.
While before this, sometime early this year, he made a personal call to me and called me a liar in the case of Lynas. He even went to the extent of saying that he thinks that most probably I am in the habit of lying to my husband too. This happened in front of my husband who then saw my shocked expression.

At that time, I chose not to react to that phone call. I chose not to make a big issue since I know perfectly well that I have done nothing of the sort. But however since the harassment has started again, I have now decided to report and expose the incident. So that it will not be repeated again.

The Lynas issue is an issue which needs technical understanding. It also entails in depth research as well as consultation with experts from various disciplines. From these various consultations, I have reached a conclusion that the safety of LAMP is a multifaceted issue and cannot be determined from the perspective of radiation alone.

There are other aspects to be considered, such as public health and hazards to the environment, especially so given the close vicinity of the plant to residents, and when we are dealing with radioactive waste, a known carcinogen, that has a half live of 14 billion years.

Finally, my conclusion is that the precautionary principle must apply and that LAMP should never be allowed to operate in Gebeng, given the location and the nature of its activities which involves radioactive waste.

Difference in opinion on the safety of LAMP is bound to happen and since it is a case that involves public interest, it has gained limelight in the media.

But instead of dealing with these concerns as well as the concerns of the public, especially the concerns of the Kuantan people, the government has in fact turned a deaf ear. TV3 is at liberty to campaign against the voice of concerns.

Karam Singh Walia is just an employee. I am sure his employers are aware of his doings. The publishers of the programs are also fully aware of his doings. Both has to be held responsible for his defamatory statements and deeds.

My lawyer will follow this statement with the appropriate actions.

Thank You.
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Fuziah Salleh
MP Kuantan, Malaysia.