HIMPUNAN HIJAU PRESS RELEASE, 18 July 2012
The nation is faced with massive environmental destructions. All across the country, projects like the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant, Petrochemical plant in Pengerang, gold mining in Bukit Koman, iron ore refinery in Teluk Rubiah, destructive energy development corridor in Sarawak, proposed nuclear plants, massive dams and forest clearance, will bring serious irreversible environmental destructions and suffering to our people of this generation and generations to come.
“It is clear all these were the result of blatant corruption, abuse of power and collapse of administrative functions,” said Wong Tack, chairperson of Himpunan Hijau.
Himpunan Hijau has decided to turn the coming Merdeka Day into a truly GREEN Merdeka Day. This national campaign will evoke patriotic spirit and empower the people to free our nation from all these dark forces and restore our country’s dignity and sovereignty.
Therefore, to make this Merdeka day meaningful, we urge all Malaysians to rise up and send the strongest message to the current regime. The rakyat have grave concerns about the wellbeing of our future generations. The rakyat want to have a say on how the country should be run. Putting on a green T-shirt is the simplest way for all of us to display our patriotic spirit to our beloved nation. We encourage people to use their own imagination and creativity to hold peaceful community green gatherings or events to express this spirit. Make it EXCITING, make it INTENSE, with strong message, yet in the most peaceful manner!
A hundred national leaders to kick-off Himpunan Hijau’s BLOCKADE
“Judging from the continuos irresponsible actions, gimmicks and lies from the current regime, we believe MOSTI and AELB will issue the Temporary Operating Licence in the very near future.
“When that moment comes, we are certain people will come all out for the final battle,” said Wong Tack.
“As I criss-crossed across the nation, I have observed that responsible Malaysians have gained strong awareness and will not tolerate injustice. They have expressed strong commitment to respond to Himpunan Hijau BLOCKADE campaign’s clarion call to join their brothers and sisters in Kuantan to ensure not an ounce of Lynas’ toxic ores reach our shores,” added Wong Tack.
To kick-off this final battle against this evil foreign power, Himpunan HIjau will call upon one hundred most respected and prominent national leaders from civil movements, NGOs, creative and artistic community, religious groups, businesses and political parties to stand in the frontline to champion this campaign.
We are overwhelmed that at the first hour of our decision, national laureate and co-chairperson of Bersih 2.0, A. Samad Said, both the President and the secretary-general of the Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, Tan Yew Sing and Stanley Yong, PAS Environmental Bureau Chief, Zulkefly Mohamad bin Omar, Hishamuddin Rais, ‘Superman’ Hew Kuan Yau, PSM secretary-general S. Arutchelvan, Haris Ibrahim (ABU) and Suara Bulan Honorary Advisor, Jeff Lee have responded to our call.
The prime strategy of the Himpunan Hijau BLOCKADE campaign is to confront Lynas and this regime with massive people’s power. As we have promised, we’ll see wave after wave of people’s actions.
“The authority may take away the first line from Kuantan, but we assure you the whole Pahang will step forward. If they take away everyone from Pahang, Selangor will come forward and so on. As we have stated, we will fight Lynas until the last man standing,” said Wong Tack.
Steering Committee of HIMPUNAN HIJAU
Members of the Himpunan Hijau Steering Committee :
Wong Tack (Chairperson), Andansura Rabu, Bang Seet Ping, Clement Chin Yee Kaing, Lee Chean Chung, Lee Chin Chen, Nasrun Amir, Ooi Boon Seng, Dr. Phua Kia Yaw and V.Arumugam.
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