Free Malaysia Today – New radiation scare: MPs demand info

Tarani Palani | June 16, 2011

The AELB is giving the Selangor government the ‘runaround’ on the contamination detected around Subang-Kelana Jaya area.

KUALA LUMPUR: Hot on the heels of the radiation fears from the rare earth plant in Lynas, opposition MPs today cried foul over another radioactive contamination detected around the Subang-Kelana Jaya area in Selangor.

Subang MP R Sivarasa raised their concern over the lack of information given out by the federal government so far over the incident.

“All the details that we have now is that it is a pharmaceutical company; there was a leak and it is now sealed,” he told a press conference today.

Sivarasa was commenting on a Bernama report yesterday which quoted Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Maximus Ongkili, as saying that the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) had detected radioactive contamination in a factory in Selangor.

“Why did the government withhold information on this radiation leak for almost two weeks?

“This incident came to light on June 2 when four workers from the factory were detected with high radiation levels after they had gone to the AELB office.

“However, it was only on June 15 that the minister released his short statement,” Sivarasa said.

In his statement, Ongkili said “the radiation reading on one of the workers exceeded more than 400 times the normal reading”.

He also said that the AELB found that the reading at the factory was more than 100 times the normal reading.

“It is absolutely necessary to allay the fears of the public… I demand that Ongkili immediately release the full information including the name, location and nature of business of the factory,” he said.

Poor handling

Kelana Jaya MP Loh Gwo Burne described the incident as “very disturbing”.

“The incident is cause for grave concern to whoever works and lives in the area.

“By merely passing by the factory, there is a chance that the radiation has spread to the public. This is very disturbing,” he said, adding that the government needs to provide more information on this matter.

Also present was Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh, who is leading the fight against the construction of a radioactive rare-earth plant in Gebeng, Kuantan.

“This government says that it puts the people first but it always acts otherwise,” Fuziah said.

“We need to know what kind of radiation this is and its life-span. Don’t just come out with the details; tells us also what corrective measures (have been taken to handle the situation),” she said.

When asked what the Selangor government was doing about the matter, Fuziah said that Selangor exco member Elizabeth Wong had tried to obtain more information on the matter from the AELB.

But Wong, who is in charge of Tourism, Consumer Affairs and the Environment, was being given the runaround.

“Wong has been given the runaround. The AELB has refused to furnish her with the details. They keep asking her to refer to the ministry.

“How can the Selangor government take action (in this case)?” Fuziah asked, referring to a text message from Wong explaining her situation.

The MPs also criticised the federal government for not reassuring the public properly.

“If a problem of this small nature cannot be handled properly, can you imagine Lynas case, which is on a larger scale,” Fuziah said.

Al-Jazeera 101 East – Toxic profits? (Lynas) 12 May 2011

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A new rare earth refinery in Malaysia will generate billions of dollars, but could it cause an environmental disaster?

Australian Network News TV: Malaysians campaign against rare earth mine (Lynas) 12 May 2011

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An Australian mining company is facing a backlash in Malaysia over the construction of a plant to refine rare earths.

The plant’s main waste contains the radioactive element thorium, linked to birth defects and leukemia, and the people of Kuantan say they don’t want it in their town.

Malaysia has experienced a deadly thorium disaster before, which is still being cleaned up.

Lynas Corporation says the waste is safe, and the Malaysian Government has given approval for the plant to go ahead.

The public outcry has now prompted Malaysia to call an inquiry.

But local people are determined to stop the plant, regardless of what the investigation finds.

Gavin Fang reports.

TVSelangor 11 Mei 2011: Amaran Polis, Jangan Timbul Kecoh Bantah Projek Lynas. Peringatan Fuziah, kemungkinan kadar penghasilan bahan radioaktif yang lebih tinggi!

Ahli Parlimen Kuantan Fuziah Salleh berkata kadar 0.16 peratus thorium akan berlaku kumulasi seiring dengan masa dan tahap pengeluaran tanah jarang yang diproses. Maka peratusan perlepasan bahan radioaktif itu akan kemungkinan menghasilkan pada kadar yang lebih banyak.

NTV7 Mandarin: Rare Earth Plant in Gebang, Kuantan 19 September 2009 – Part 3

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A special TV report on Lynas setting up ‘Rare Earth’ processing plant in Gebeng Kuantan, Malaysia. It seems that one of the industrial waste product is RADIOACTIVE ! Are they dumping the RADIOACTIVE industrial waste product in Gebeng Kuantan ?

NTV7 Mandarin: Rare Earth Plant in Gebang, Kuantan 19 September 2009 – Part 2

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A special TV report on Lynas setting up ‘Rare Earth’ processing plant in Gebeng Kuantan, Malaysia. It seems that one of the industrial waste product is RADIOACTIVE ! Are they dumping the RADIOACTIVE industrial waste product in Gebeng Kuantan ?

NTV7 Mandarin: Rare Earth Plant in Gebang, Kuantan 19 September 2009 (Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh) – Part 1

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A special TV report on Lynas setting up ‘Rare Earth’ processing plant in Gebeng Kuantan, Malaysia. It seems that one of the industrial waste product is RADIOACTIVE ! Are they dumping the RADIOACTIVE industrial waste product in Gebeng Kuantan ?

Galeri Nasional Mandarin TV2 in 2009 – New Rare Earth Processing Plant in Kuantan, Potential Environmental Disaster? (BM Subtitles)

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The development of Anti-Lynas campaign from this TV2 program recorded in year 2009 till November 2011:

The development of Anti-Lynas campaign till November 2011:

– Andan Rabu is currently chairman for both Stop Lynas Coalition (SLC) cum Badan Bertindak Anti Rare Earth Refinery (BADAR)

– Siew Fook Chan the person in charge of Kuantan Concern Citizen in year 2009 is currently PKR Kuantan division deputy chairman cum Stop Lynas Coalition (SLC) committee

– Kuantan MP YB Fuziah Salleh who has started the Anti-Lynas Campaign since year 2008, but not seen in the video clip is currently PKR vice-president, PKR Kuantan division chairman and Stop Lynas Coalition (SLC) executive advisor