Malaysiakini – Pakatan top guns to join anti-Lynas rally

Kuek Ser Kuang Keng
6:59PM Feb 13, 2012

Top Pakatan Rakyat leaders have pledged their support towards a rally against the Lynas Advance Materials Plant (Lamp) scheduled for Feb 26.

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim said that the matter was decided by the Pakatan leadership council today and all three component parties have pledged to attend the event.

The rally, known as Himpunan Hijau 2.0 (Green Gathering), is organised by Kuantan-based grassroots groups and is expected to be the largest ever protest slated for the East Coast.

Scheduled for one-and-half-hours, the rally will be held at the Kuantan municipal field, where participants are expected to pray, sing songs, recite poems and read out a seven-point demand called “Aspirations of the People”.

This would be the first public gathering to be held at downtown Kuantan since the Lynas issue erupted, and it is expected to face objections from the police.

Last year, the a coalition of NGOs organised the first Himpunan Hijau on Oct 9 which saw a 2,000 strong turnout.

Kuantan MP and PKR Vice President Fuziah Salleh

Kuantan MP and PKR Vice President Fuziah Salleh

Anwar said that Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh, who is also PKR vice-president, had briefed the council that the anti-Lynas groups will be filing a judicial review against the government for granting a temporary operating licence to Lynas, before the assembly.

Other than opponents of the Lynas plant, residents from Raub who are against the use of cyanide for gold mining operations and those against the installation of high-tension electrical towers at the Rawang new village will also be joining the Kuantan protest.

Various NGOs have already pledged their support to the rally, and netizens are currently organising car pool on social media websites to attend the rally together.

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