Anti-Lynas protest at Dataran

Free Malaysia Today
Aneesa Alphonsus
| June 25, 2012

Armed with placards, some 50 people took part in the protest held in solidarity with the Occupy Balok-Gebeng rally in Kuantan on Sunday.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Over the weekend, about 50 anti-Lynas protesters gathered at Dataran Merdeka in solidarity with the 24-hour Occupy Balok-Gebeng rally held in Kuantan.

A video footage of the gathering showed about eight young adults with manila cardboard posters, pots, pans, and a guitar chanting slogans in protest of the Lynas plant.

The group, who seemed to be in high spirits, had their protest disrupted by a Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) officer after a few minutes of chanting, “Rakyat geram, Lynas haram”, “Rakyat says no” and “Lynas has to go”.

In the video, the DBKL officer was heard telling the group to stop fooling around, asking them why they were troubling people.

The officer also questioned the group’s necessity to play the drums, referring to the pots and pans.

The officer was then heard sternly telling a protester that they had already been told that they were not allowed to do anything at Dataran Merdeka. Moments later, he was heard raising his voice demanding to know how many more times do they need to be told.

A protester asked that the officer speaks properly to them as they were humans to which the officer retorted, “I know you’re human beings but you’re stupid.”

Later, the ptotest resumed without incident with a group of about 15 people seen holding up a cloth banner and other posters, still chanting slogans but without the pots and pans. The event coincided with the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon.

In Kuantan, hundreds of funeral banners and makeshift billboards were speared into Balok beach grounds as Himpunan Hijau kicked off its 24-hour anti-Lynas rally.

The Occupy Balok-Gebeng event began with the group’s chairman Wong Tack delivering his address to a crowd of about 300 supporters.

He said, “Today is the beginning. Today, we galvanise our forces from all across the nation. We occupy Balok and then the whole nation.”

Joining the rally were activists from the Ban Cyanide-Gold Mining in Bukit Koman movement and Perak Anti-Radioactive Action Committee.

[Photos from Occupy Dataran Facebook]

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2012/06/25/anti-lynas-protest-at-dataran/

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.

Peaceful anti-Lynas gathering at Gebeng

Free Malaysia Today
FMT Staff
| June 24, 2012

About 1,500 people protested against the Australian mining giant some 5km from where the plant is located.

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PETALING JAYA: About 1,500 anti-Lynas protesters gathered peacefully at Gebeng Industrial Park, Kuantan this morning to oppose the siting of the Lynas rare earth plant there.

The protest, organised by Himpunan Hijau, saw the protesters sending a strong message against the Australian mining company.

Himpunan Hijau chairman Wong Tack had previously told FMT that the grouping was fed up with the government’s approval of the Pahang-based rare earth plant.

“We will voice our serious concerns. We want to send a message to Lynas so that they would not set foot on Malaysian soil.”

“We will fight so hard that this is only the first warning. Their operation will not be smooth and easy,” he told FMT.

Earlier in the morning, the police had set up road-blocks to stop people from converging at the Gebeng Industrial Park despite the rally being given a police nod.

A small group of police was present at the industrial park.

This however did not stop the protesters from entering the industrial park. The Lynas plant was located about 5km from where the protest took place.

The plant was ‘guarded’ by about 100 police personnel, according to eye-witnesses.

Among the political leaders who were present at the protest included Bersih 2.0 co-chairperson A Samad Said, activist Hishamudin Rais, PAS leader Mohamad Sabu and DAP’s Leong Ngah Ngah.

The weekend rally against Lynas started yesterday with some 300 people gathering at the Balok beach in Kuantan. The beach is about 8km away from the rare earth plant.

The majority of the protesters, wearing green, were from outstation and had gathered at Pelangi Balok Beach Resort at Pantai Balok.

Many had “relaxed and enjoyed themselves” awaiting for the night activities of their 24-hour encampment “Occupy Balok-Gebeng” rally, according to Wong Tack.

This morning these group of protesters were joined by others for the rally at Gebeng Industrial Park.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2012/06/24/peaceful-anti-lynas-gathering-at-gebeng/

Hundreds attend 24-hour anti-Lynas rally at Balok: Next stop Gebeng

Malaysia Chronicle
Saturday, 23 June 2012 22:10

KUANTAN –  Hundreds of funeral banners and makeshift billboards were “planted” on Balok beach as Himpunan Hijau kicked off its 24-hour anti-Lynas rally here.

The Occupy Balok-Gebeng event started with the group’s chairman Wong Tack making a fiery speech before a crowd of several hundreds.

“Today is the beginning. Today, we galvanise our forces from all across the nation. We occupy Balok and then the whole nation,” he said at the launch of the event at 1.15pm Saturday.

Joining the rally were activists from the Ban Cyanide-Gold Mining in Bukit Koman movement and Perak Anti-Radioactive Action Committee.

The crowd moved towards the beach and placed hundreds of wreaths, funeral banners and dozens of mock coffins in front of a giant banner depicting the Lynas rare earth refinery.

Wong challenged the authorities to issue the full operating licence immediately if it was so sure the project was safe.

This was the fourth anti-Lynas rally organised by Himpunan Hijau in less than a year. The rally will culminate with the group gathering in front of the Lynas plant in Gebeng on Sunday.

Gebeng off-limits

Pahang police chief DCP Datuk Sharifuddin Ab Ghani said the rally was held in a private area and the protesters did not disturb anyone.

However, he said the protesters were not allowed to gather in Gebeng Sunday, pointing out: “They know the law and we have tried to advise them.”

Earlier in the week, Parliamentary Select Committee in its report concluded that the company should be awarded a temporary operating licence (TOL) after finding that it had met the requirements.

It was reported that Lynas could be awarded the TOL before the end of this year, allowing it to start operations at its rare earths plant – if it fulfils all seven licensing conditions set by the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry.

 

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Green anti-Lynas ‘waves’ occupy beach

Free Malaysia Today
Teoh El Sen
| June 23, 2012

Hundreds of protestors relaxed at the Balok beach in Kuantan today and will continue their rally against the Lynas rare earth plant tomorrow at its gates

PETALING JAYA: Some 300 people anti-Lynas protestors this afternoon begun to ‘occupy’ the Balok beach, in Kuantan, which is some 8km away from the controversial rare earth plant in Gebeng.

The majority of the protestors, in green, are from outstation and are gathered at Pelangi Balok Beach Resort at Pantai Balok.

Many were “relaxing and enjoying themselves” awaiting for the night activities of their 24-hour encampment “Occupy Balok-Gebeng” rally, according to Himpunan Hijau chairman Wong Tack.

People there are supposed to camp till 10am the next day,and the programme is  filled with various programmes such as exhibitions, mini concerts and kite flying activities.

The ceramah at 8.30pm tonight  would feature poet A. Samad Said, activist Hishamuddin Rais dan Wong himself.

“We are showing them the people’s power. Balok is the village which will be directly impacted, if anything at all, it will directly hit by Lynas.
That’s why we start from here, let the people come here and visit this place before something happens to it. We cannot imagine, one of the world biggest rare earth plant can happen at such a beautiful area,” Wong told FMT.

Wong alleged that Lynas plans to dump waste water into the Balok river, which will flow to the sea near where the people are gathered.

Malaysiakini reported that crowds chanted  “Stop Lynas; Lynas Get out” and had planted banners in the sands. The banners read:””13th GE, we bury BN, bury Lynas”, “Lynas get out now”, “No Lynas on Malaysian soil”.

Wong was also reported to have challenged the government to issue a permanent operating license to Lynas. “If they are so confident that Lamp is safe, why not issue a permanent operating license? I challenge them to issue one,” Wong reportedly said.

This latest rally, the third from the group, follows the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) report on Lynas which was accepted by Dewan Rakyat earlier this week.

The report gave Lynas the green light, saying that it did not pose an immediate danger to the public and the environment.

Himpunan Hijau and its anti-Lynas counterpart Save Malaysia Stop Lynas have vowed that they would not relent in their campaign against the project.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2012/06/23/green-anti-lynas-waves-occupy-beach/

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.


					

BN’s “People First” administration is not interested in referring to a “Best Practice of a Rare Earth Refinery.”

PRESS RELEASE

Herewith is my Press Release regarding the rejection by the MOSTI Minister on the appeal by 3 Kuantan people.

16th June 2012.

The People of Kuantan is naturally disappointed with the
decision  of rejecting the appeal made by three Kuantan residents to overturn
the temporary operating licence (TOL) issued to the Lynas Advanced Materials
Plant (Lamp) by the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB).

The decision was made by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Dr
Maximus Ongkili in a letter sent to their lawyer yesterday.

The decision was nothing unexpected. However, it clearly shows that the current regime under Najib Tun Razak has not been listening to the people, despite the people’s protest. Under normal circumstances, if the Lynas plant was not harmful to the
people’s health, the people would not want to come out under the hot sun to stage
a demonstration. The fact that they did, showed clearly that the people have
voiced their grave concerns over the way the government handles the Lynas
issue.

If LAMP were to operate in Australia, using the license issued to
Ashton Rare Earth Company (License issued in 1992) which Lynas later
acquired together with the license, Lynas would have to comply to 41
commitments. One of which is sending the radioactive waste back to the origin of the ore at Mt Weld. In fact Lynas can only keep the waste on the refinery site for a maximum of 8 days. This  is  to account for bad weather. Otherwise in normal circumstances, the radioactive waste is transported back to once produced. The  tanks that transport the ores to the refinery plant is also tasked to transport radioactive waste back to the mine.

Instead of insisting on a concrete Long Term Radioactive Waste Management Plan, the Minister has instead written two other requirements which appear to be too general in nature, and would not be able to assure the people that radioactive contamination would not occur on the site or elsewhere. This is aside from the 10 other requirements laid out by IAEA upon Lynas which are still being questioned by the public.

In the present circumstances, given no choice, the people in Kuantan who are affected may
have to take the matter further to court. The people of Kuantan will not give up that easily. As long as the  lives  of people are affected, we will
continue to fight.

In fact  it  may even end up like the Scorpene case in a foreign court. I am  not discounting the fact that the Kuantan people
may have to pursue civil suits in the Australian courts against Lynas. This, however, will be done only after the issue cannot be resolved
locally.

Thank You
Fuziah Salleh.

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Fuziah Salleh
MP Kuantan, Malaysia.