TV PAS – MP PKR Kuantan Minta Menteri MITI tidak Jadi Jurucakap Lynas 31 Okt 2011

MP PKR Kuantan Minta Menteri MITI tidak Jadi Jurucakap Lynas. YB Hjh Fuziah Salleh merayu supaya Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri sewaktu perbahasan Belanjawan 2012 tidak menjadi jurucakap Lynas pada 31 Okt 2011.

Ceramah Perdana Isu-Isu Semasa 12hb Nov 2011, 9.00mlm di Kuantan – ISU LYNAS ISU NASIONAL!

Ceramah Perdana Isu-Isu Semasa 12 Nov 2011, 9.00mlm di Kuantan ? ISU LYNAS ISU NASIONAL!

Ceramah Perdana Isu-Isu Semasa pada 12hb Nov 2011, 9.00mlm di Kuantan - ISU LYNAS ISU NASIONAL!
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ISU LYNAS ISU NASIONAL!

Ceramah Perdana Isu-Isu Semasa

Tarikh: 12hb November 2011 (Sabtu)
Jam: 9.00 malam
Tempat: Ibu Pejabat PKR Negeri Pahang, Beserah, Kuantan

 

Penceramah:
1. YB Puan Hajjah Fuziah Salleh ~ isu terkini Lynas
– Ahli Parlimen Kuantan, Naib Presiden PKR, Ketua PKR Cabang Kuantan merangkap Penasihat Gabungan Hentikan Lynas (Stop Lynas Coalition)

2. Tuan Haji Mustaffa Kamil Ayub – Presiden Memacu Arus Perjuangan (MAP)

3. Sdra Badrul Hisham Shaharin (Chegu Bard) ~ pelancaran buku “Imelda Rosmah Cincin Permata RM24 Juta”
– Ketua PKR Cabang Rembau merangkap Penyelaras Solidari Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM)

4. Sdra Ahmad Jufliz Faiza – Ketua PKR Cabang Setiawangsa, Setiausaha Pusat Memacu Arus Perjuangan (MAP) merangkap Peguam kepada keluarga Allahyarham Baharuddin Ahmad (mangsa kekejaman polis dalam Himpunan BERSIH 2.0)

5. Sdra Ahmad Nizam Abd. Hamid – Pemangku Pengerusi Majlis Pimpinan Negeri PKR Pahang

6. Sdra Andanrabu Sura – Timbalam YDP PAS Indera Mahkota, Pengerusi BADAR merangkap Pengerusi Gabungan Hentikan Lynas (Stop Lynas Coalition)

* Anjuran Penerangan PKR Cabang Kuantan kerjasama dengan PKR Negeri Pahang

The Malaysian Insider – Lynas delays rare earth output from Pahang plant to 2012

By Debra Chong

October 31, 2011

File photo of site of the Lynas plant in Gebeng, Pahang.

 

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 – Lynas Corp has been forced to delay its rare earth production at its controversial plant in Pahang to 2012, according to Australia’s national news agency.

Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported today the Sydney-based miner was being set back by final procurement packages tied to its construction and contractor delays that meant the refinery will only come on line during the first half of 2012.

It had previously expected to be able to ship out its first output by the first quarter of 2012.

“Subject to the receipt of the pre-operational licence, Lynas confirms its expectation to be in commercial supply during H1 2012,” Lynas was quoted as saying in a statement today.

The RM700 million Lynas Advanced Materials Plant in Kuantan was scheduled to be complete last month and start up pre-operations by year end.

According to AAP, the plant is only 78 per cent complete as at the end of September.

Malaysia’s Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) maintains it has yet to issue any licence to Lynas to start up production.

The radiation industry’s regulator has yet to approve the refinery based on a comprehensive, long-term and detailed plan for waste management that covers decommissioning and remediation.

The Australian company’s plant has stirred much furore among local residents who threatened earlier this month to hold a sit-in in front of the factory.

 

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/lynas-delays-rare-earth-output-from-pahang-plant-to-2012/

Free Malaysia Today – Govt rejected Lynas submissions

Syed Jaymal Zahiid

| October 31, 2011

International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed is also forced to defend himself from the accusation that he is a ‘Lynas mouthpiece’.

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has rejected Lynas Corporation Ltd’s submissions on safety requirements for its controversial RM1.5 billion rare earth refinery in Gebeng last month.

The revelation came amid a report today by the Australian Associated Press that the Australian mining giant is expected to begin commercially supplying radiation-risk rare earth by 2012.

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) told Parliament today that Lynas had given the submissions on July 18.

This was two weeks after Putrajaya adopted the 11 recommendations set out by an International Atomic Energy Agency-led (IAEA) review of the refinery.

“But we returned all documents for corrections and additional information on Sept 19,” deputy minister Fadillah Yusof said during MOSTI’s winding up of the 2012 Budget debate.

The government vowed to cease all operations including the import of rare earth until the 11 conditions are thoroughly met.

The recommendations included a comprehensive, long-term and detailed plan for managing radioactive waste that covers decommissioning and remediation.

Lynas was to commence operations late this year and was already planning to begin shipment of rare earth despite protests from residents who fear radiation leaks would be a repeat of the Bukit Merah disaster in 1987.

The incident in Perak has been linked to eight cases of leukaemia with seven resulting in death. The plant was closed following public anger but the refinery is still undergoing a clean up process worth RM300 million.

‘I am no Lynas spokesman’

However, it was reported today to have delayed plans to start rare earth production at the Pahang plant to the first half of 2012.

Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh, the leading lady in the fight against Lynas, said the entire approval process was shrouded in secrecy and demanded more transparency.

“This involves the safety of the residents. They deserve the right to know what the process is like,” she added.

Fadillah, however, said Putrajaya was not permitted to disclose the details as they were “business secrets” belonging to Lynas and might be subject to legal action should they be revealed.

Earlier today, International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed was forced to defend himself from the accusation that he was a “Lynas mouthpiece”.

The accusation was made by a fuming Fuziah, who also described the minister of being pro-business.

“It is unfair to accuse me of being a spokesman for Lynas. The ministry has prioritised the Malaysian public and will continue to engage all interested parties,” he told Parliament.

Putrajaya believes that the rare earth refinery plant would be a strategic move that was expected to rake in RM2.3 billion in investment spinoffs and job creation.

 

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/2011/10/31/govt-rejected-lynas-submisions/

The Malaysian Insider – Mustapa denies being Lynas mouthpiece

By Shannon Teoh

October 31, 2011

 

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 – The government was forced to deny today it was defending the interests of Australian miner Lynas Corp which expects its controversial RM1.5 billion rare earth plant in Kuantan to begin operations early next year.

International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the accusation by Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh that he was a “spokesperson for the Australian government and for Lynas is akin to calling me a traitor.”

Mustapa said his ministry will continue to engage all interested parties in the Lynas project.

“I am not a spokesman for Lynas. The ministry has prioritised the Malaysian public and will continue to engage all interested parties,” he told Parliament.

PKR vice-president Fuziah, who has led protests against the refinery due to fears of radiation pollution, said “ministry officials have told me in meetings that they inherited this problem from the previous minister (Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin).”

Putrajaya has defended the project as a strategic industry for Malaysia in spite of the fears of radiation pollution that has arisen among local residents and environmentalists.

Leaders from the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) have previously talked up the potential economic benefits of a rare earth industry, citing up to RM2.3 billion in investment spinoffs and “thousands of jobs” as a result.

But critics have questioned the real economic benefits of the project, pointing to the 12-year tax break Lynas will enjoy due to its pioneer status.

Lynas, which had earlier planned to ship in rare earth ore by the end of this year, was reported today to have delayed its rare earth production at the Pahang plant to the first half of 2012.

It has yet to receive approval for the plant after Putrajaya adopted 11 conditions recommended by an International Atomic Energy Agency-led (IAEA) review in June.

Some 1,000 people, led by Fuziah and Bersih chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, gathered in Kuantan earlier this month in protest against Lynas.

Lynas has refuted claims of radiation pollution, assuring Kuantan residents they would face “zero exposure.”

 

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/mustapa-denies-being-lynas-mouthpiece/

The Malaysian Insider – Putrajaya says rejected Lynas proposal, wants more info

By Shannon Teoh

October 31, 2011

Lynas is reportedly delaying the start of production at its Gebeng facility until next year. – File pic

 

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 – The government said today Australian miner Lynas Corp’s submissions on safety requirements for its controversial RM1.5 billion rare earth refinery in Gebeng was rejected last month.

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) told Parliament today that it had received the submissions on July 18, two weeks after Putrajaya adopted the 11 recommendations set out by an International Atomic Energy Agency-led (IAEA) review of the refinery.

“On September 19, we returned all documents for corrections and additional information,” deputy minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof said of submissions by Lynas, whose factory has raised fears of radiation pollution in Kuantan.

The government has said it will not allow Lynas to begin operations or import rare earth ore until the 11 conditions, which include a comprehensive, long-term and detailed plan for managing radioactive waste that covers decommissioning and remediation, are met.

Lynas, which had earlier planned to ship in rare earth ore by the end of this year, was reported today to have delayed plans to start rare earth production at the Pahang plant to the first half of 2012.

“Subject to the receipt of the pre-operational licence, Lynas confirms its expectation to be in commercial supply during H1 2012,” Lynas was quoted as saying by the Australian Associated Press today.

Lynas has refuted claims of radiation pollution, assuring Kuantan residents they would face “zero exposure.”

Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh, who has led protests by local residents against the plant, also asked why the government could not provide information of the ongoing approval process.

“You received documents on July 18 and asked for corrections on September 19 but the people of Kuantan were never told about any of this,” the PKR vice president said.

But Fadillah said the government was not at liberty to disclose details of the submissions as “they contain business secrets which are owned by Lynas.”

 

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/putrajaya-says-rejected-lynas-proposal-wants-more-info/

The Malaysian Insider – Kuantan residents threaten sit-in if rare earth ore arrives

By Shannon Teoh

October 29, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 29 – Kuantan folk have threatened to block operations of a controversial rare earth plant by holding a sit-in as claims that Lynas Corp is ready to ship in ore has heightened tension among increasingly nervous residents.

Although the Australian miner has denied any plans to ship in material from its Mount Weld mine, it has also said it is confident of starting operations by the end of the year.

 

File photo of an anti-Lynas protest gathering outside the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur in May 2011.

 

Leaders of local anti-Lynas movements told?The Malaysian Insider?that after more than six months of lobbying against the RM1.3 billion refinery due to fears of radiation pollution, residents are now threatening to stop the plant at all cost.

“They are threatening to lie down in front of the factory. People are getting nervous and some are planning to move out of Kuantan,” Save Malaysia Stop Lynas chief Tan Bun Teet said.

This is despite the federal government giving its assurance that “there will be no importation of raw materials into the country, and no operational activities will be allowed on site” until Lynas meets conditions set out in July by an international team of radiation experts.

Although none of the community leaders contacted by?The Malaysian Insider?have planned a sit-in, they also refused to take responsibility over public anger should the government allow Lynas to bring in the ore to Kuantan port.

“I am not in control of the people. If it comes down to that (ore in Kuantan), people have said that they are prepared to sit-in,” said Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh, who has led protests against the plant.

Andansura Rabu, whose Badar represents Beserah residents living as close as two kilometres away from the plant in the Gebeng industrial zone, said that after last Sunday’s Green Gathering had its police permit pulled at the 11th hour, locals were “getting more tense.”

“Anything can happen,” he said.

PKR vice-president Fuziah said yesterday the Kuantan Port Consortium told occupants of the port area “that Malaysia can expect the rare earth oxide from Mount Weld to arrive in Kuantan by the end of this month.”

Some 1,000 people, led by Fuziah and Bersih chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, gathered in Kuantan over the weekend in protest against Lynas.

Lynas has refuted claims of radiation pollution, assuring Kuantan residents they would face “zero exposure.”

It is awaiting approval from the government after submitting its proposals on 11 conditions recommended by an expert review panel from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

These include a comprehensive, long-term and detailed plan for waste management that covers decommissioning and remediation.

 

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/kuantan-residents-threaten-sit-in-if-rare-earth-ore-arrives/

The Malaysian Insider – BN’s premature optimism – Sakmongkol AK47

October 27, 2011

OCT 27 – Why is Umno facing so many problems when the time comes in selecting candidates for leadership potential? The short answer, it seems, is because it has never been serious about constructing a system for selection and leadership succession.

It’s too much to expect the members of the JKKK or village committee, the bank and school jagas, village lay-about, to know what the country needs. We might as well elect the hawker to become prime minister.

Short-term judgments cannot produce sustainable leadership. Umno should have recognised this. They will choose to elect people reflecting their own standards and achievements. After more than 60 years, Umno, which evolved into something radically different from 1988 onwards, hasn’t perfected a selection process. Instead it leaves the emergence of leaders to unplanned events and happenstance.

We can’t replicate the times when leaders emerged naturally. When Umno was formed in 1946, the world was engulfed in an era of fervent nationalism. During that time, leaders with the required temperament and idealism emerged naturally to lead.

Once that phase has run its course and the first generation leaders either passed on or were themselves consumed by the corruption of power, natural leaders cannot be found. We have to either replicate the natural milieu (which we can’t) or consciously plan a process. We have to do the second option.

On that note, let me make some comments on the prospects of Umno in the coming general election. Or more precisely, I want to say something on the source with which Umno, Barisan Nasional and its likeminded supporters make their prognoses and choice of candidates.

The next GE is probably the toughest Umno and BN will face. Just consider this. All the leaders of BN component parties in West Malaysia are having trouble finding a seat to contest. They are all political fugitives with no place to call home.

The leader of the MCA is now negotiating with local MCA leaders on where he should stand. So far, three Mentri Besar have offered Soi Lek a seat that he can choose. He has to prove his “winnability” claim.

His deputy is not going to have an easy time in Bentong. He hasn’t sorted out his promise to have the central spine road built in the town of Bentong. See? A leader is judged on the standards of the Jurutera Jalan JKR.

The MIC leader can’t re-contest in Hulu Selangor for he will surely be taken to task over the many things he promised the voters when he was their MP. No one buys his cock and bull story about being sure of being chosen if not for last minute unseen hands.

He would have lost if he had stood there. There are indications that he will stand in Cameron Highlands replacing S. Devamany. If Devamany stands, MIC will lose that seat. Gerakan’s embattled leader, Koh Tsu Koon is ready to make the ultimate sacrifice, offering not to stand.

The leader of the PPP, as the Umno Youth leader recently said on his Twitter message, is always a good show warming the stage before the arrival of bigger leaders; he is indeed a good show being in his best element, bowl in hand begging to be given a seat. I thought KJ was referring to a court jester.

Actually it’s all about Umno. Umno, in the end, carries BN. So the way it chooses its leaders on all levels is profoundly important. So far, it hasn’t perfected a sound policy. And it’s not seen as a dominant force as it once was. It’s reduced to constantly having to juggle between the competing needs of component parties. So far, PM Najib Razak is seen as being an easy compromiser.

The way BN and Umno go about choosing candidates and assessing their chances at the GE is pathetically flawed, because it shows they are not interested in putting up capable, determined and serious leadership for the country.

Good leadership is seen as a game of chance, we choose using random methods in the hope, that by some fortuitous process, good leadership emerges. In other words, we are leaving it to chance. Because of that, we often have duds emerging as leaders.

A candidate’s suitability is couched in simple-minded things such as getting along great with people, playing futsal or football, a likeable person, etc. How do you judge whether a person has the interest of the people and nation at heart?

Surely not through walkabouts, playing football and such things; you judge them by their work ethics, by their determination and by their articulation of issues. And doing hard work at raising the standard of living of the people.

The methods employed to make the current assessments indicate qualities that make up a person?s disposition but not a reflection of good leadership. We have to be clear right from the start, we are looking for good leadership not a good person in the sense of possessing a likeable personality.

A good person earns credit for himself and the benefits of being a personable fellow accrue to him alone. But if he is not a good leadership material, his defects affects whole societies.

The country needs good leadership first and foremost – men with abilities, appropriate qualifications and the special quality that allows them to remain cool and collected when under pressure. The benefits arising from these qualities accrue to society as a whole.

Sadly, these are not reflected in the reports on potential candidates. Consequently, they are not of much use to a country that needs good leadership. They are in general questionable, being the product of some shadowy authors feeding off the information gathered and more often than not, fabricated by field operatives.

The operatives in turn are easily compromised by the usual stock-in-trade practices of incumbents and elections hopefuls – getting paid to give favourable assessments. Incumbents and election hopefuls know them – the operatives in JASA, Kemas, MIO, the Special Branch and numerous point men relied to carry good stories about each hopeful to the people who matter.

Other than being used to select candidates, the reports are also relied to interpret the chances of the incumbent national government. Needless to say, they are self-serving, designed to fortify their own nerves and offer their supporting public the much needed confidence booster.

As to the date of the elections, I am certain it will be held sometime in March 2012. Najib realises that he needs a mandate of his own making. Is he getting some divine signals as to the elections date?

His pilgrimage to Mecca this time may be prompted by purely pious reasons; as another Muslim, we mustn’t discount another person’s desire to seek religious salvation. We have no reasons to disbelieve Najib’s religiosity is any less than the religiosity of any other outwardly packaged Muslim.

Allow me to join so many others to wish him selamat berangkat menunaikan fardhu Haji dan semoga dapat menunaikan nya dengan sempurna.

But as to the date of the elections, the auspicious date isn?t linked to the Mecca pilgrimage at all. The date, if it’s already in Najib’s mind, may have been suggested by swami ji in India. Yes, it’s the swami ji who told a visiting American lady that his son would one day become the president of the US, which the son did.

Let’s get back to the main story. One piece of news that intrigued me greatly last week was the research undertaken by OSK Securities. I waited for a few days to see the reaction to the outcome of the findings by OSK Securities.

As far as I could see, there were not many reactions to the report by OSK. OSK said, according to its research findings, the BN is set to win the next GE with bigger margins. Are they relying on the reports that I alluded to above? Jeepers creepers. The BN and Umno are doomed.

The dearth of spirited response to the OSK findings may be the result of two possibilities; one, the findings are accepted as legitimate and having more truth quotient in them or; two, no one is placing much credibility to the findings of OSK.

This is probably because OSK’s forte is in doing research for securities, shares and the business health of firms trading on our bourses. OSK is never known for its political assessment prowess.

The state that I am most familiar with is my home state, Pahang. I suppose the same generalisations are applicable as regards the other states. Overall, they overstate the BN and Umno’s chances by at least 30 per cent. The reports are simply inflated to give a favourable colour to them.

What did the report say about Pahang, for example? Pahang has 14 parliamentary seats. The report says BN will retain 12 seats. It will lose in Kuantan and Indera Mahkota, the two seats now held by PKR.

My own assessment is, on the assumption that its chances are overstated by 30 per cent, the BN can only win nine parliamentary seats. Where will it lose? It will lose in Jerantut, Raub and Bentong. No MCA parliamentary hopefuls or incumbents will win in Pahang in GE13.

The parliamentary seats in Bera and Temerloh are also in jeopardy. An interesting seat to watch is Cameron Highlands where there is much grumblings about the incumbent MP, Devamany. If I hear it correctly, MIC president G. Palanivel is set to stand in Cameron Highlands. If Devamany is retained, BN may lose that seat.

PKR is set to retain the Kuantan parliamentary seat as the PKR rep there is seen as being relentless in her fight against the Lynas locating its rare earth refinery in Gebeng. Public opinion seems unmoved by the explanations and appearance of experts attempting to quell public disquiet about the Lynas Plant. Fuziah Salleh has benefited from the unpreparedness of the state government in handling the Lynas issue.

In Indera Mahkota, the PKR rep hasn’t done badly either, but chiefly, PKR’s relevance is retained simply because Umno is no longer seen as the credible platform on which voters can depend on. The local Umno is devoid of credible leadership and the divisional leader is hardly MP or even Adun material.

This time around, I don’t see the chances of BN retaining the two state seats in Indera Mahkota as high. Pang Tsu Ming, the incumbent in the Semambu seat, looks shaky as that area has a substantial portion of Chinese voters.

The other DUN seat currently held by PAS is likely to be retained by PAS. Beserah constituency has a large number of voters with kinship ties with Terengganu and Kelantan.

I fear BN’s chances are not good in Tanjung Lumpur and in Teruntum, Tanah Rata, Ketari. The lone Gerakan rep, a very competent fellow is in the wrong place and wrong time. -sakmongkol.blogspot.com

* Sakmongkol AK47 is the nom de plume of Datuk Mohd Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz. He was Pulau Manis assemblyman (2004-2008).

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication, and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

 

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/sideviews/article/bns-premature-optimism-sakmongkol-ak47/