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Security not an issue, says Himpunan Hijau

 | June 21, 2012

Anti-Lynas group Himpunan Hijau says it has full faith in the police to provide security at its weekend protest.

KUALA LUMPUR: Anti-Lynas group, Himpunan Hijau, is confident that the police force will be able to provide security for its protest in Kuantan this weekend.

Its chairman, Wong Tack, said that the group has so much faith in the police force that it will not have its own security at the “Occupy Balok-Gebeng”.

He told reporters in Parliament that judging from the two previous rallies – Kuantan on Oct 9, 2011 and Himpunan Hijau 2 in Kuantan and Kuala Lumpur – he believed that the gathering will be peaceful.

“Kuantan is a very peaceful place. When 2,000 people gathered in Kuantan [last October] there was not a single scratch or a single band-aid used.

“For us security is not an issue at all. The police have been informed and we will meet them tomorrow,” he said, adding that he believed in the police’s capacity to protect the crowd.

The Occupy Balok-Gebang event will begin this Saturday.The participants will camp at the Pelangi Balok Beach Resort at Pantai Balok and end their protest at Gebeng the next day.

This programme, which is a continued protest against the Lynas plant, is expected to draw quite a crowd following the passing of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) report on Lynas this week.

The report gave Lynas the green light, saying that it did not pose an immediate danger to the public and the environment.

“PSC’s irresponsible act is a crime against humanity, mother nature and the future of this country. All the loose and hasty recommendations are so unbelievable… it is as though they were scribbled on a tissue paper over a ‘teh-tarik’ session,” Wong said.

He added that this is “only the beginning” as the people understood that this was a “critical time” to stop the project from proceeding.

“We are very determined that Lynas will not step foot into this country,” he said.


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