Prove Lynas is unsafe, and we’ll shut it down, says Redzuan

The Lynas Advanced Material Plant in Gebeng, Kuantan. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Entrepreneur Development Minister Redzuan Yusof has dismissed claims that he is prioritising profit over safety in his statements on the Lynas rare earths processing plant in Kuantan, Pahang.

Speaking to FMT, he said the government would never compromise on the safety and health of the people.

“Prove that Lynas is unsafe, and the government will shut it down,” he said.

He added however that the government’s high-level review committee, comprising highly qualified experts, had certified the safety of Lynas’ operations.

As for the heavy metals in the groundwater, Redzuan said the committee had not attributed this to Lynas.

“It is irresponsible for anyone to mislead and confuse the public with statements that are not rooted in facts and data.

“This is not an issue which anyone should politicise.”

He said this was why it was important for the Cabinet to make a final decision on Lynas’ waste management, as it would take into account all considerations.

He urged those tasked with looking into the Lynas issue to visit the plant, as Putrajaya’s review committee and experts from the United Nation’s International Atomic Energy Agency had done in their reviews of the plant.

Yesterday, Lynas hit out at the parliamentary caucus to monitor the plant’s operations in Kuantan for failing to turn up at a briefing on its operations despite an invitation to do so.

It said all but one member of the caucus had either declined or failed to respond to its invitations which were delivered by hand.

It previously said it had invited Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin to the plant eight times with no response.

Redzuan said it was important for the government to be seen as being consistent, which was why the ministers must understand that their decisions cannot supersede that of the Cabinet.

Redzuan recently said Putrajaya had yet to make a decision requiring Lynas Malaysia to send back its waste to Australia.

This is despite Yeo’s ministry saying the government had formed a task force to facilitate the matter.