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Heated debate expected on Lynas report

 | June 18, 2012

The six-men Parliamentary Select Committee took two months to come up with the report.

KUALA LUMPUR: A heated debate is expected when the report on the Lynas plant is tabled in Parliament tomorrow.

The report of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), headed by Higher Education Minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin, took two months to prepare.

The committee which had its first meeting on April 18 is made up of five representatives from Barisan Nasional (BN) and one independent.

Pakatan Rakyat MPs have boycotted the PSC as they viewed it as a waste of time and merely a “white-wash” as the government has already made up its mind to go ahead with the project.

There is expected to be a heated debate on the report. During the last session of Parliament, after much debate over the formation of the PSC, the opposition staged a walkout to voice its discontent over the panel.

Last Friday, Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry rejected an appeal by Gebeng residents against the government’s decision to approve a temporary operating licence (TOL) for Lynas.

Its Minister, Maximus Ongkili, said that there was insufficient scientific and technical proof to stop the plant from beginning its operations.

Ongkili also stated two new conditions which Lynas has to adhere to: Lynas has to submit a plan to immobilise radioactive elements in its waste and to come up with an energy plan to control the dust residue.

The PSC was established after much public priotests over the project in Gebeng, Pahang. To date, Himpunan Hijau, the environmental group, has carried out three big rallies against the project while the fourth rally is being planned.

The first was held on Oct 9, 2011, in Kuantan which saw 2,000 people turn up.

The second was held on Feb 26 this year in Kuantan and in Kuala Lumpur where 15,000 and 500 people turned up at the respective locations to protest against the Lynas project.

Himpunan Hijau also brought in thousands of its supporters during Bersih 3.0’s April 28 rally.


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