Re: MCA and Hua Zong needs to be sincere to the Rakyat in their stance re Lynas Advance Material Plant (LAMP)
The announcement on the setting up of a “National Supervisory Committee on Rare Earth Issues” to address the LAMP issues in Gebeng, Kuantan, by MCA Deputy President Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai and the Federation of Chinese Associations of Malaysia (Hua Zong) plus seven other Chinese associations – seems to have totally missed the real issues underlying the public outcry against LAMP.
The setting up of a “Supervisory Committee”, while at the same time Liow Tiong Lai’s statement which was quoted by Sin Chew Daily: “We will collect the people’s views, and at the same time we will meet MITI, MOSTI, and The National Economic Action Council soon to convey the people’s views” totally disregards the strong clear message by the public in Kuantan. The message is STOP LYNAS and it’s clearly NOT SUPERVISE LAMP. By setting up this “Supervisory Committee”, MCA is trying to show that they are the champion for the Rakyat, but while doing so, they made a fool of the Rakyat’s intelligence and concerns re LAMP.
Furthermore, the opposition towards LAMP is not just an issue which concerns the Chinese community. MCA is roping in all the Chinese associations, while at the same time asking “Save Malaysia! Stop Lynas” to work with them reflects total lack of empathy to the outcry against the LAMP by the Malay community living around Balok and Gebeng spearheaded by BADAR, and also by other groups such as The People’s Green Coalition, MMA, Bar Council, SAM, CAP and the rest. Is the lives and well-being of the Chinese community more important to MCA? More so than the lives and well-being of other communities? This reflects the typical BN chauvinistic thinking as well as a crude example of its divide and rule mind-set.
Lynas received Approval and License to build from the BN government way back in early 2008. MCA being one of the major component parties of the BN ruling coalition was part of the decision making that brought in Lynas rare earth refinery plant to Gebeng, Kuantan. To add to that, two MCA ADUNs from Kuantan visited the mine site at Mt. Weld, Australia in mid of 2009, and they came back to declare the LAMP will be safe. Why didn’t MCA make a decision siding with the safety of the Rakyat then? Why the sudden U-turn now, if not just as a political move to regain grounds and support in Kuantan?
Is the announcement on the setting up of the “Supervisory Committee” just a ploy to deceive the Rakyat that MCA is doing something? Is MCA’s ploy just to look good without actually standing up for what the Rakyat truly wants? Will MCA ever have the guts to face up to UMNO in the BN coalition and tell the government what the Rakyat really wants? Will Hua Zong also dare to speak up and tell MCA that it’s not good enough to “supervise” when the Rakyat has made a decision not to accept LAMP? So please MCA, be sincere to the Rakyat, come clean and stop this “wayang”. Demi Rakyat Kuantan, don’t politicise the issue, just be honest and sincere.
On Behalf of the Kuantan Concerned Citizens.
YB Fuziah Salleh
Member of Parliament for Kuantan, Malaysia.
马华公会署理总会长廖中莱宣佈马华、华总和七大华人团体联合成立?全国稀土课题监督委员会?，以应付关丹格宾（Gebeng）莱纳斯稀土厂的争议 – 似乎完全遗漏了导致人民强烈抗议稀土厂的真正问题。
而且，反对莱纳斯稀土厂不只是关乎华裔社群的问题。马华网罗了全部的华团，同时又只要求?拯救大马委员会?与他们合作，充分显示出马华缺乏人情味、完全忽视了由?巴答抗稀土组织?（BADAR）所领导的一群居住在巴洛（Balok）和格宾（Gebeng）一带的马来裔社群对莱纳斯稀土厂的强烈抗议， 也同时无视绿色联盟（The People?s Green Coalition）、马来西亚医药协会（Malaysian Medical Association）、律师公会（Bar Council）、马来西亚自然之友（SAM）、槟城消费者协会（CAP）等组织的不满。难道马华只重视华裔而不是全部族群的生命和福祉吗？这反映了典型的国阵沙文主义、和粗陋的分而治之心态。