Fuziah ‘opts out’ of Lynas review committee

PETALING JAYA: Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh today resigned from Putrajaya’s committee to review the Lynas plant in Gebeng, following weeks of criticism over her role in the matter.

The deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said she had also proposed that the committee be revamped.

“I do not want Lynas to continue using me as a reason for their defence,” she told FMT when contacted.

“If I continue to be on the committee, I do not want to be in a situation where one day Lynas will reject decisions because it says I have been criticising it.”

She added however that this did not mean she was “giving up”.

“I am opting out because I do not want to give them anymore bullets. We should be addressing the real issue, which is waste management.”

Although she was leaving the committee, she said, she would continue speaking “from the outside”.

“My statement is clear: is it safe? If it is, why not send operations back to Australia?”

This follows a statement earlier today in which she said she would rather step aside than be “used by Lynas to criticise the review”.

Lynas previously raised concerns about the impartiality of Fuziah and committee member Wong Tack, both long-time opponents of the project.

Fuziah subsequently promised an “open and transparent” review of the plant which has been refining rare earth ores from the Lynas mine in Western Australia for the past six years.

Lynas’ main products, neodymium and praseodymium, are used in magnets for motors that drive automated seats and windows in cars, motors for hybrid vehicles and as magnets in electronic products, like DVDs and hard disk drives.

The Pakatan Harapan coalition, which swept to federal power in the May 9 general election, had long expressed concerns over the refinery which environmentalists claim is environmentally hazardous.