Press Statement by Himpunan Hijau Steering Committee on 23rd March 2012

Press Statement
By Himpunan Hijau Steering Committee
23 March 2012

Himpunan Hijau is encouraged by the statement from our Prime Minister that he will stop the Lynas project if proven harmful to the people’s health and environment.

“Based on the in-depth research by our technical team, we are 100% sure that the Lynas project will never be proven safe to the environment and the well-being of our future generations. It can only be proven otherwise if the study on this project is somehow manipulated or not done with due diligence”, said Wong Tack, chairperson of the Himpunan Hijau steering committee.

All scientific information has already been presented to the relevant authorities. The Lynas issue is not only about environmental pollution and radioactive dangers but it is primarily also about corruption and humiliation to our country’s sovereignty. We will never compromise on an issue that can cause such severe irreversible harm to the well-being and livelihood of the people.

“If we tolerate injustice and corruption, becoming accustomed to them, we will be corrupted ourselves”, said Wong Tack.

Therefore, Mr. Prime Minister, if you still believe in your motto of “Rakyat Didahulukan”, then please stop all political gimmicks and don’t waste anymore time. Let’s restore the respect that we have for you before.

We know that our Prime Minister may not have been provided with the accurate information or has been misled by people who have agendas only known to themselves. We truly sympathise with his plight.

However, if our Prime Minister still thinks that the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) is still necessary, then we call upon him to immediately close down all the non-functioning departments. Remove and charge-in-court the directors of the Department of Environment (DOE) and Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) because they have failed in their duties. The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) should also step in to investigate both the directors concerned.

On the other hand, the ministers in charge of these two departments/agencies namely Datuk Maximus Ongkili, the Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation and Datuk Douglas Unggah, Minister of Natural Resources & Environment should immediately step down for failing in their duties to protect the lives and well being of the rakyat.

“We know that hundreds of thousands of people from within and beyond the boundaries of the country are looking forward to Himpunan Hijau 3.0 to bring down the Lynas plant. However, we still hope that this can be avoided.

This simple decision lies in the hands of our Prime Minister. He just has to say No to Lynas”, concludes Wong Tack.

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