KUALA LUMPUR: A DAP MP caused a stir in the Dewan Rakyat after taking Pakatan Harapan to task for failing to fulfil promises which he said resulted in the ruling coalition’s devastating loss in the recent Tanjung Piai by-election.
Lim Lip Eng said among the pledges PH failed to keep was shutting down Lynas’ rare earths plant in Gebeng, Pahang.
“Prior to the 14th general election, PH said it would cancel Lynas’ operating licence and send back its waste to its country of origin.
“But what has been done? The government did nothing,” he said when debating the 2020 Supply Bill for the energy, science, technology, environment and climate change ministry.
The minister, he said, should not deny that Lynas was never part of PH’s manifesto.
“Don’t fool the people. Prior to GE14, we said that if we won the polls, we will cancel its operating licence. It has been two years and the plant is still standing. The ministers even signed a new deal. What happened?” the Kepong MP asked.
Lim went on to say that Putrajaya’s failure to keep to its promises led to PH being labelled as a “liar” and a “coward”, adding that he did not want the ruling coalition to be known as a “U-turn” government.
His admonishment of the government won him raves from the opposition who praised him for having the courage to speak out even though he was part of PH.
“You’re the man,” Bung Moktar (BN-Kinabatangan) was heard saying.
PAS’ Pengkalan Chepa MP meanwhile called Lim a “world-class MP”.
Barisan Nasional wrested the Tanjung Piai parliamentary seat from PH last weekend with a 15,086-vote majority.
Lim went on to question the ministry’s function and that of its minister, Yeo Bee Yin, also from DAP.
This, he said, was because there were many complaints by the people on issues related to plastic waste and the environment, which were often referred to other ministries like the housing and local government as well as other departments.
“I don’t want the PH government to be a tai-chi master,” a colloquial term to describe passing the buck.