Close to 200 residents held a demonstration at Parliament, Kuala Lumpur this morning to protest against a rare earth processing project by Australian mining company Lynas Corporation in Gebeng, Kuantan.
The group left Kuantan at 2am this morning in four buses and began their demonstration outside the gates of Parliament at 8am.
Members of the rally, which included people of all ages including school children, carried banners that read “Stop Lynas” and Selamatkan Malaysia (Save Malaysia) and shouted slogans under the watchful eyes of the police and the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU).
The police allowed 10 representatives to enter Parliament to hand a memorandum to the Prime Minister and all 222 Members of Parliament. Kuantan MP YB Fuziah Salleh leaded them into the Parliament building.
Appointed leader of the protest group, Vincent Jiam had attempted to meet Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak personally at the PM’s office in Parliament, but claimed he was prevented by an officer.
At a press conference later, Jiam accompanied by Fuziah took the opportunity to deliver a strongly worded message to the PM and to Lynas in front of the cameras.
“To Lynas, please go home. Go back to Australia. Don’t leave anything behind.”