Anti-Lynas group to appeal against TOL licence

Free Malaysia Today
Alyaa Azhar
| November 9, 2012

The Save Malaysia Stop Lynas group will be working with its legal team to reinstate the TOL suspension.

PETALING JAYA: The anti-Lynas group has not given up its fight to stop the Lynas rare earth plant in Gebeng, Kuantan.

The Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) group will appeal the Kuantan High Court’s decision to lift the suspension of Lynas temporary operating licence (TOL).

Yesterday, the Kuantan High Court lifted the suspension of the Lynas TOL, allowing Lynas to proceed with its operations.

SMSL spokesman Tan Bun Teet said that they will appeal to try to get the licence suspended again.

“If our government fails us, then we the rakyat will have to do something,” he said in a statement.

Tan said the group will work with its legal team to appeal to reinstate the TOL suspension as soon as possible and for as long as possible.

“If Lynas thinks that we will simply give up, then it has completely underestimated how strongly we are opposed to its rare earth refinery project. We want a future for our children and their children.

“We do not want them and the future generations to bear the burden of having to deal with the pollution problems,” said Ismail Abu Bakar, vice-chairman of SMSL.

“SMSL will fight until the end to stop Lynas,” said Tan.

Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh, who has spearheaded protests against Lynas for over two years, said the fight is far from over.

“We have not exhausted the legal avenues. As such, within these two days, we will file papers to bring this case to the Appeal Court,” she said.

She also said that on Nov 13, Himpunan Hijau chairman, Wong Tack, will walk from Kuantan to Parliament with fellow anti-Lynas supporters.

“This is to show to what extent the people [will go] to stop the project. The government has not been listening to the people.

“Just a few days ago, a group of mothers from Kuantan sent a memorandum to the prime minister, but the prime minister has been very quiet about it.

“Since Pahang is his home state, he should at least say something. Why isn’t he doing anything?” she asked.

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