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Lynas and Malaysian govt not winning hearts and minds of Malaysians

Four government ministries have been roped in to help Lynas find a suitable storage site in the country is not only amusing but downright deploring. The statement by the international trade and industry minister that the radio active wastes will be disposed of overseas, even though it may break international laws is really not very assuring.

Lynas cannot continue to hide behind the Malaysian government’s skirt in its operations

Lynas Corp’s absurd publicity stunts — The Malaysian Insider, Iskandar Dzulkarnain March 14, 2012 “….what can the Penang CM do to alleviate the current controversy surrounding the Lynas rare earth plant? Would his personal opinion or intervention buy over the thousands of critics who are against the existence of the Rare Earth Plant in Pahang State?

Isn’t it more appropriate to meet with Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of Pakatan Rakyat who is against the controversial project based on allegations that the Australian miner has not given enough assurances on how it will handle the low-level radioactive waste that will be produced at the refinery?

Really, it would make more sense for the Lynas CEO to meet with the
anti-Lynas group than the CM of Penang, as Penang has no say or
jurisdiction towards the project in Pahang State
The fact that AELB approved a TOL for Lynas to operate, even when a
storage facility was yet to be unidentified has come as a shock to the
people . Four government ministries has been roped in to help Lynas find a suitable storage site in the country is not only amusing but downright deploring. The statement by the international trade and industry minister that the radio active wastes will be disposed of overseas, even though it may break international laws is really not very assuring.

Talk of the low level radioactive wastes to be dumped into the Sungei
Lembing mines has only served to infuriate the people even more.

Although I am sure most Malaysians would like to give Lynas the
benefit of the doubt, Lynas Corp has failed miserably to convince
Malaysians that the largest rare earth plant being built in Pahang
would be a boon instead of a bane.

It has also sounded like the ‘death knell’ for tourism in the East
Coast States famed for its long unspoilt sun drenched beaches.

Today, the Lynas plant is like a dark cloud hanging over Kuantan City
and its inhabitants wallowing in despair at their unlucky and
unforeseen future.

Properties prices have plummeted as alleged by the Kuantanese
themselves and have agitated the city folks….
Besides, a ‘one page’ explanation on Facebook is a miserable attempt
by Lynas Corp to allay the fears of the public. One would have thought
that an internationally established corporation like Lynas would have
a world class credible international marketing and publicity campaign,
but obviously Lynas Corp is operating on a very tight budget.

Lynas cannot continue to hide behind the Malaysian government’s skirt in its operations, nor trying to insist on its statutory right to go
full steam ahead with its controversial operations, unless it has the
blessings of the people as their anti-Lynas stand will continue to
plague the company.

All the controversy raised by former resin suppliers and engineers who
reported of design flaws have served to rile Malaysian consumers into
disbelieving whether the project is so safe as asserted by Lynas. It
also has failed to comfort the people as to its extensive use of
chemicals to process the rare earth, radon gas that will be emitted
and escape into the atmosphere, and thorium that will be repacked, and
stored in a zero emissions risk facility which is yet to be found?!…
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/sideviews/article/lynas-corps-absurd-publicity-stunts-iskandar-dzulkarnain

March 16, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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