Fuziah sceptical about Lynas’ reason to build permanent disposal facility

Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh says the government has long issued a directive to Lynas to build the disposal facility.

KUANTAN: Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh is sceptical about the reason given by Lynas Corporation Ltd (Lynas) to build a permanent disposal facility (PDF) for its Water Leached Purification Residue and is worried it is just an excuse to delay government action against them.

According to Fuziah, who is also deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, the government had long issued a directive to Lynas to do so.

She said the company had previously provided the reason of wanting to conduct research on rare earth waste that had been processed.

“The report issued by the Special Committee to Review Lynas Operations is clear that the rare earth waste is not suitable as fertiliser for the agricultural industry because it contains high-risk radioactive material.

“Why are they now raising this matter (construction of PDF site) again?

“For me, this is all part of their tactics.

“If they want to build a permanent disposal facility, I welcome it, but make sure it gets everyone’s consent and they hold a public hearing session first,” she told reporters at the Semambu state assemblyman’s service centre here today.

Present were Semambu assemblyman Lee Chean Chung and Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas chairman Tan Bun Teet.

Fuziah also sarcastically urged Lynas to continue its intention of taking legal action against the government following the announcement by Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin, who had called on the company to process the rare earths according to the recommendation of the committee, including sending radioactive waste back to Australia

“If Lynas wants to sue the government, go ahead. The minister has already expressed her willingness to face a suit from Lynas.

“She has also met the Attorney-General (Tommy Thomas) to discuss the matter.

“I think they are deliberately trying to scare us.

“I have also told them to sue me several times but until now they have not done so. Enough, stop trying to bully Malaysians,” she said.