Fundraising dinner for Stop Lynas campaign

Published: Fri, 30 Dec 2011

SHAH ALAM: The anti-Lynas coalition is organising fundraising dinners nationwide to raise RM300,000 to initiate a legal suit against the rare earth refinery and government agencies.

The first dinner will be held at the Shah Alam Convention Centre on Jan 7, 2012 (Saturday) from 8pm to 11pm, said Stop Lynas Coalition chairperson Andansura Rabu.

He said the coalition plans to sue Lynas Corp and government agencies including the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB), and Malaysian Nuclear Agency, among others.

“With so many defendants, this legal [suit] will be fairly expensive. We seek [the public’s] help for the lawsuit by supporting the dinner,” said Andansura.

Selangor executive councillor Elizabeth Wong, whose portfolio includes the environment, said the state endorses the dinner, and Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim would attend the event.

Kelantan Menteri Besar and PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat, PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali have also pledged to show support at the dinner.

The Lynas rare earth refinery in Gebeng, Pahang is expected to be completed by next year, but the Australian company has yet to obtain a pre-operating license from the AELB.

As the refinery is only located 25km from Kuantan, residents have protested against the plant since 2009 amidst fear of radiation pollution and other public health and environmental concerns.

In the 1980s, radiation leakage from the Asian Rare Earth refinery in Bukit Merah, Perak was linked to eight leukaemia cases and high blood lead level among residents.

Two decades after the Bukit Merah plant’s closureAELB has rejected Lynas’s permanent waste management plan three times, and is now reviewing the firm’s fourth submission.e in 1992, Mitsubishi Chemicals is still spending millions to clean up the radioactive waste.

Minimum donation for the fundraising dinner is RM200 per person or RM2,000 per table. Contact Soo Jin Hou at soojinhou@yahoo.com or 016-9841588 for more information.

The public can also call Stop Lynas Coalition [site]  or Wong’s office at 03-55447760.

Article Source Selangor Times http://www.selangortimes.com/index.php?section=news&permalink=20111230120358-fundraising-dinner-for-stop-lynas-campaign

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