Thursday, February 02, 2012

Lynas: A Reflection of Malaysia's Economic Direction


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Finally, the Malaysian Atomic Energy Licensing Board has granted a temporary licence to the Australian rare earths plant in Gebeng, Kuantan. The Stop Lynas Coalition, through their spokesperson MP Fuziah Salleh, has swiftly announced that they will file a judicial review over the decision.

Lynas is building the plant, one of the few sites outside China, to process rare earth-metals used in high tech equipment ranging from missiles to mobile phones. 

It had insisted that the facility, which will process rare earths imported from Australia, will be safe, but critics say radioactive waste could leak out, threatening the public and environment.

The AELB might as well grant a permanent license to the Australian company rather than trying to mislead the people with a politically correct term of 'temporary' license which aims to make the public think that it can still be revoked if necessary. 

The license may be revoked but can the environment be returned to its original state before the radioactive waste being planted deep within its soil? 

Lynas is another reflection of the failure of government's lack of economic direction. While the investment from Lynas sounds attractive, the government should have evaluate a long term net benefit for the country. 

At present, it is obvious its effect on the environment but worse the mental anguish the plant inflicted on the people of Gebeng and its surrounding neighbourhood outweighs its economic benefit.

Why can't Malaysia attract world class R&D researchers and facilities to be stationed in the country? Why are we good at only attracting hazardous industries into the country?

Is this the kind of economic direction the nation wants to take?

Lynas should be a lesson to all Malaysians especially those who are too  mystified with race and religion as the sole basis of their electoral decision and political preference. More than often we tend to miss the core issues over some petty issues. 

Malaysians have to seat back and take a serious note of a serious issue like Lynas. The fact that the authorities have given a nod to Lynas to begin production without examining allegations such as the one made by the New York Times shows that politicians are not afraid of the people.

Malaysia can only be a better place to live in if we can inflict fear in the politicians. Ultimately, voters are largely responsible for the kind of government that we get.


9 comments:

Anonymous said...

If the plant is safe why don't they set up the plant in Australia? Why the need to import it all the way from Australia to be processed in Malaysia?

Anonymous said...

Do you any idea as why we read many such reports of Police and Custom Officials cuaght so many Drug Mules almost daily? On top of Death Penalty, these Drug Pushers dare to challenge the enforcers, it is so obvious that Drug King Pins have confidence that no adverse consequences for their crimes to be strategically carried out at all entry points of Malaysia, that goes for the reason that Lynas chose Malaysia, and to be fair, NOT just Lynas had gained such grounds, previously The ARE of Japanese investor had also done the same before, the saddest thing is the authorities NEVER learn from the tragedy, and if you are cheated once, you should have learnt, but now we are going to be suffering worse than before, shall we admit we are all fools indeed?

bruno said...

Malaysia is a country blessed with an abundance of natural resources.If not for the raping of these natural resources without thinking of the consequences,the word Lynas will not be even mentioned among the people as a topic of interest.

bruno said...

After the raping of the country's natural resources,the thousands of billions if not hundreds of trillions of ringgit reaped from the black gold(oil),tin ore,and the dissapearance of our once king rainforest have vanished into thin air.Into the pockets of the ruling elite and their cronies.

And what have the people got in return.Lynas,the banished leprosy infested stepchild of the Australian people and a few hundred meagre low paying jobs,and potential sufferings of many generations and more generations to come.

If not for the rampant and mass corruption by the ruling elite and their cronies,the subject of having Lynas at our backyards would not be a topic of diccussions infront of the breakfast tables.Never in a trillion years.Not after the Perak disaster.

Anonymous said...

Lynas is havign trouble in convincing Australian regulatory board in it own country for the new plant, obviously Malaysia is a good alternative site to dumb their radioactive wastes, by the time accident/disaster happen, it will be too late regardless the license is revoked or not, the radioactive fallout will still remain among the population. You can revoke their license all you want, the grave conseequences will remain.

Anonymous said...

Level headed People of Kuantan, if you pissed off with Lynas polluting your air space, show you unhapiness in the next GE. Don't just yak-yak-yak then forget about it and worst still vote for BN !

Anonymous said...

1) Lynas was approved to build the plant in Australia. The Malaysia govt invited them and provided incentives to come to Malaysia.
2)The ARE processes highly radioactive materials. Lynas raw materials are not radioactive and is being transported through Australian roads and ports the same way potatoes and other exports would be.
3) How about doing some research before simply repeating what you heard through the grapevine.
4)What the real issue is seems to be the dissatisfaction with the Government? Focusing on that will probably give you more relief than side stepping the issue like this.

Khoo Kay Peng said...

Anon 12.50pm,

How about doing some research yourself? I bet you should follow what you preach.

Anonymous said...

Malaysia government too clever in allowing settle a rare earth plant but WITHOUT a specific regulation in radioactive waste and WILLING to manage the waste in >300 years !

taken from paper written by Teng Iyu Lin (Ms) Atomic Energy Licensing Board.(AELB)

"DECOMMISSIONING AND DECONTAMINATION OF MINERAL PROCESSING PLANT IN MALAYSIA"

3.REGULATORY EXPERIENCE
LEGAL REQUIREMENT
Since Malaysia does not have any specific regulation on disposal and management of radioactive waste, AELB enforces the waste management policy through its licensing procedure and conditions of license issued to the licensee.

4. INSTITUTIONAL CONTROL
The planned institutional control will be for at least 300 years. During this period, the owner will carry maintenance work (to mend fence, warning signs, markers), ensure no serious damage due to erosion, human intrusion for cultivation or animal encroachment

http://www.tint.or.th/waste/RWM_newsletter_No20.pdf