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Anti-Lynas demo at Gebeng on Sunday

 | June 19, 2012

A demonstration will be held by anti-Lynas activists on Pantai Balok this Sunday, following the government's approval of the Gebeng rare earth plant.

KUALA LUMPUR: Anti-Lynas activists intend to demonstrate outside the Gebeng rare earth plant at about 10am this Sunday.

Himpunan Hijau chairman Wong Tack said that he was fed up with the government’s approval of the Pahang-based rare earth plant.

“We will voice our serious concerns. We want to send a message to Lynas so that they would not set foot on Malaysian soil.”

“We will fight so hard that this is only the first warning. Their operation will not be smooth and easy,” he told FMT.

He was referring to the green light given by the Parliamentary Select Committee’s (PSC) on the Lynas Advanced Material Plant (LAMP).

Earlier today, it was reported that the PSC did not see the plant as an immediate danger, despite warnings from critics to the contrary.

This spurred Wong to organise a camping event known as “Occupy Balok-Gebeng”, which will take place at the Pelangi Balok Beach Resort at Pantai Balok – several kilometres from Gebeng – one day prior to the demonstration.

According to a Himpunan Hijau programme sheet, the activists plan to camp at the resort, from noon on June 23 until 10am the next day.

The camp will host several exhibitions on environmental issues, concerts and speeches made by Himpunan Hijau and Bersih 2.0 leaders.

Interestingly, the sheet also spoke of an event known as “Rising Flame of Anger, Turn Lynas to Ash”, which will occur at 11pm on Saturday.

Asked why Himpunan Hijau chose the resort as their pre-demonstration campsite, Wong said: “Balok is the nearest fishing village from Gebeng, which will be directly affected by Lynas.”

He also asked the police not to interfere or provoke their gathering.

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