MP for Kuantan
22 Apr 2011
MITI must listen to and engage with the Kuantan public in deciding the fate of Lynas plant.
Much as I applaud MITI’s decision to put LAMP on hold while an expert review panel is formed, MITI must know that it is the Concerned Citizens of Kuantan’s wish that the Lynas plant to be stopped altogether.
Currently we have no rare earth processing plant outside China. We do not have a world benchmark and certainly we do not wish to take China lax practices or standards regards rare earth processing as our benchmark. There’s too many reports written by experts from all over the world, on the dangers and hazards of rare earth processing.
Moreover, we do not have a best practise method in the processing of rare earth as a guideline, compared to processing methods of other chemical plants.
Thus, there is no way we can prove Lynas’s claims on the green technology that they are going to use. I continue to assert my position that MITI should shelve the idea of issuing operating license to Lynas indefinitely. In pursuance to that may I suggest that Lynas set up a ‘pilot’ processing plant in Mt Weld Australia itself. Lynas must provide our panel of experts with the ‘Proof of Concept’ before we can consider anything that Lynas wants to offer here in Malaysia.
At the same time the Concerned Citizens of Kuantan demands that the panel of experts include names that are reccomended by the public and the Citizens of Kuantan will certainly monitor and scrutinise closely the next plan of action by Miti as well as the Government of Malaysia.
MP for Kuantan