Cops to summon anti-Lynas rally organisers for violating peaceful assembly rules

Anti-Lynas protesters with a cardboard cut-out of a bus during the rally. (Facebook pic)

KUANTAN: Police wiill summon the organisers of an anti-Lynas rally at Taman Gelora here today for not fulfilling conditions of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

Kuantan district police chief Mohamad Noor Yusof Ali said the rally by “Save Malaysia Stop Lynas” (SMSL) had failed to obtain permission from the Kuantan Municipal Council, as the venue owner, to hold the rally there.

He said the organisers, including SMSL chairman Tan Bun Teet, had been informed earlier to follow rules for assembling peacefully.

“We will lodge a police report to facilitate investigations to be carried out and action to be taken.”

Noor said police had only been informed of the rally 10 days before the event as required but other conditions had not been fulfilled.

The two-hour rally, which began at 7.30am, was attended by 300 people. They carried placards against the rare earths plant in Gebeng here that had its licence renewed for another six months by the government last week.

The placards held by the participants claimed government leaders had failed to fulfil promises made during the 14th general election last year to close the plant.

Among those present were Bentong MP Wong Tack, Semambu assemblyman Lee Chean Chung and Teruntum assemblyman Sim Chong Siang.

Speaking to reporters, Tan said they were against the way the radioactive waste generated at Lynas was being handled and feared for the safety of nearby residents and workers.

He was happy the government had stopped the plant from further researching into turning its waste into Condisoil for use in agriculture.