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Pakatan will shut down Lynas, says Fuziah

 | March 15, 2013

The Kuantan MP said that the rare earth plant should not be allowed to operate in Malaysia even if there is small chance it is safe.

PETALING JAYA: PKR vice president Fuziah Salleh said  today that Pakatan Rakyat would shut down Lynas (M) Sdn Bhd if it wins federal power in the general election.

She also said that Pakatan’s recently launched manifesto was crystal clear about it and reiterated that Lynas should not be allowed to operate in Gebeng or anywhere else in Malaysia.

“Even if there is a slight chance that Lynas is safe, it still shouldn’t be there.The plant was built on peat soil, with the underground water flowing less than a metre deep from the surface.

“In addition, the plant is built too near to the  residents, river and the sea,” said Fuziah

On Tuesday, PKR supremo, Anwar Ibrahim told the Sydney Morning Herald that Lynas would be allowed to operate if it is found safe.

Fuziah, who is also Kuantan MP, said that she would remain firm to her conviction as she was one of the earliest elected leader to oppose Lynas in the Parliament since 2008.

She also said that the right place for Lynas to operate would be  in the middle of the Australian desert.

“That is where the toxic radioactive waste can be returned to its place of origin, which is in Mount Weld in Western Australia,” said Fuziah.

She added that Lynas was dealing with toxic radioactive waste and the thorium from one of its waste, known as carcinogen, has a 14 billion years half life, risking contamination in the nearby surrounding.

“Malaysia as a nation should not be burdened  to manage the contamination from the radioactive waste should there be a leakage in the Residue Storage Facility (RSF), years from now.

“Besides, we are still managing the contamination from Asean Rare Earth (ARE) in Bukit Merah, Perak to this day but we have not seemed to have learnt our lesson,” said Fuziah.

Also read:

Anwar flip-flopping on Lynas, says MCA

Anwar: Lynas can stay if proven safe


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