The government was today asked to close Lynas’ RM700 million rare earths processing plant in Gebeng, Kuantan, or face serious consequences in the form of another reformasi campaign.
“If the government fails to heed to the wishes of the people, the odds would be against the Barisan Nasional.
“Another ‘reformasi’ campaign will emerge,” Social Care Foundation chairperson Robert Phang said.
The people, Phang said, have given a very clear message that they do not want rare earths processed by the Lynas plant to endanger their health and deteriorate the environment.
The former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission adviser said a people-centred government would not pursue its interests that will cost the health of the citizens, as Malaysians were strongly opposed to the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp).
“Approving the Lynas project at all risks means arousing the suspicion of corruption in the project.
“Our prime minister used to say that we must change or be changed. Such a situation may materialise and we should be mindful of that,” Phang added.
Nearly 15,000 people rallied in Kuantan last Sunday, after the Atomic Energy Licensing Board approved a temporary operations licence for Lamp.
Activists are concerned that the wastes produced by the plant, which will contain radioactive thorium and uranium, may leak and threaten the health of local residents.