3:33PM Oct 9, 2012
The Stop Lynas Save Malaysia (SMSL) movement has taken out a full-page advertisement urging the public to turn up at the Kuantan High Court tomorrow to support its legal action against the government.
Justice Mariana Yahya will decide whether or not to grant SMSL’s application to suspend the temporary occupation licence awarded to the Lynas Advance Material Plant (Lamp), pending the disposal of two judicial review applications.
SMSL has urged the public to sacrifice two hours of their time between 8am and 10am to turn up at the court to show their opposition of Lamp to the local and foreign media.
“Let them witness our resolve. Let the relevant authorities feel pressured. Don’t let Lynas destroy our beautiful country,” reads the advertisement, which appeared in the China Presseast coast edition today.
It asserts that those who believe the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) – that toxic waste generated by the rare earths refinery can be exported and that the government is being transparent – are “fools”.
“If people are treating you like a fool and are gambling with your family’s lives, what should you do?” asked SMSL.
Once fully operational, Lamp will be the biggest rare earths refinery outside China.
Howeve, this has invoked fear and painful memories of the radiation contamination at a similar refinery at Bukit Merah, Perak in the 1980s.
The federal government has given an assurance that Lynas plant is safe and promised that its waste will be exported, although details have yet to be provided.