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Lynas’ Malaysian rare earths plant an experiment in irradiating local community

“We will see whether there is any increase of people afflicted with radiation-linked diseases or cancer,”…So what if the future health of the people is adversely affected. Nothing is mentioned about compensation….

It is now abundantly clear that the project had been scheduled to proceed right from the beginning, when it was surreptitiously approved without consultation of the people, way back in 2008.

How else can you explain Lynas construction of the plant, now at 40% completion, when they didn’t have government approval or sanction in the first place? 

Gebeng residents mere guinea pigs for Lynas project, Malaysi Kini, Kuantan Resident, Jul 21, 11, All is not quiet on the western front. Some may think they have won the battle. But they have not won the war yet!

Yesterday’s Star report (20.7.2011) on ‘Lynas to compile residents’ health data for future comparison’ is laughable.

Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) director general Raja Abdul Aziz Raja Adnan said it would serve as a baseline data for Lynas before the operation began.

“It will be used later to provide a comparison for assessing the operation’s impact on the people living in nearby areas such as Balok.

“We will see whether there is any increase of people afflicted with radiation-linked diseases or cancer,” he said.

It is shocking and unbelievable that the AELB director general could now make such a statement. It clearly shows he is still unsure of the safety level of the Lynas project. His statement only causes more fear and uncertainty and makes a mockery of the whole project. ……

Note: Lynas compilation of data is just for ‘future comparison’.

So what if the future health of the people is adversely affected. Nothing is mentioned about compensation.

Is Lynas or the Malaysian government willing to compensate for the 700,000 people whose life will be affected one way or another, in terms of health, lost of economic prospects and business opportunities?

Future tourists and foreign investors will likely avoid Kuantan like a plague.

The government and Lynas had promised to keep in touch with the people and to keep them informed at every stage of the operation. It is now clear that all those series of talks and consultations are just sandiwara pulling wools over the eyes of the local people.

It is now clear that the Lynas venture is just a ‘trial run’. The helpless people of Gebeng and the surrounding areas of Kuantan are used as mere guinea pigs in an immoral experiment of immense proportion by people in power.

There is not an iota of sincerity in it. People’s views, concern and fears have not been taken in consideration at all!

It is now abundantly clear that the project had been scheduled to proceed right from the beginning, when it was surreptitiously approved without consultation of the people, way back in 2008.

How else can you explain Lynas construction of the plant, now at 40% completion, when they didn’t have government approval or sanction in the first place? More importantly, why had the Malaysian government approved it when Australia and its people had vehemently rejected it in the first place?

Now even the government has gone back on its words of ‘constant consultation’. Read another report in the Star : Jul 17 : Adnan: We won’t talk with ‘Stop Lynas’ group. The Pahang MB has now refused to talk to the people! What kind of ‘people first’ government is this?

Lynas can’t even convince its own people of the safety of the project! Something does not smell right here. Too much money and power play had been involved.

In spite of all the hoo-hahs and reports, nothing has been concretely mentioned about storage and disposal of the nuclear waste after the twelve years of tax-free operation by Lynas.

Chances are the nuclear waste will be dumped in Kuantan since Australia will not allow any radioactive rare earth residue to be shipped back to her shores! Talk about moral responsibility! …

http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/170635

July 21, 2011 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics international

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