PETALING JAYA: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng claims the party’s failure to convince Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to shut down Lynas’ rare earths plant exposes Najib Razak’s lies about the party.
In a statement, Lim hit out at Umno and PAS, accusing the two parties’ “racist and religious extremist leadership” of stoking hatred among Malays and Muslims.
He also claimed Umno’s Barisan Nasional allies, MCA and MIC, were doing the same among the non-Malays and non-Muslims with the aim of creating chaos to “see the end of Pakatan Harapan”.
“A good example is former prime minister and BN national adviser Najib alleging that DAP is now the kingmaker in PH, with DAP ministers, who are non-Malays and non-Muslims, appointed causing escalating tension among the Malays.
“Such lies by Najib are immediately exposed when DAP did not succeed in convincing Mahathir to close down Lynas’ plant, but we will continue trying to persuade the PM to understand the genuine concerns of environmentalists.”
Lim claimed that Najib contradicted his “kingmaker” claim by asking DAP leaders to resign for failing to shut down Lynas’ plant.
He also said neither the opposition nor the media they controlled would highlight the PH government’s “remarkable success” in recording higher 2019 second quarter economic growth of 4.9% compared to 4.5% in the first quarter.
“Malaysia is the only Asean country that has recorded higher economic growth in the second quarter than the first quarter of 2019,” he said.
Lim said the opposition was working in cahoots to scare the different communities in the country, “singing different tunes” when facing Malays and non-Malays.
“The fanciful dreams of PAS, Umno, MCA and MIC to regain power in the federal government, through playing up racial hatred and religious fears, will not succeed when the PH government is committed to adopt a rational and moderate approach towards both nation-building and handling hot-button issues,” he said.
The government has renewed Lynas’ licence for another six months, but with three conditions.
Lynas will have to move its cracking and leaching process, which is currently conducted at its plant in Gebeng, Kuantan, out of the country.
Lynas will also have to identify a specific site to construct a permanent disposal facility (PDF), and it will also have to end all research and development activities related to the use of the radioactive water leached purification (WLP) residue as condisoil for use in agriculture.