Writer: Alvin Yap Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2012
SHAH ALAM: The RM160,000 raised by the Stop Lynas Coalition from a charity dinner here will be used to file an injunction against the project.
“We have enough funds to start proceedings,” said Coalition chairperson Andansura Rabu after the dinner at the Shah Alam Convention Centre (SACC) last Saturday.
The coalition, which includes concerned Kuantan residents, has been mounting a campaign to block the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) refinery in Pahang from going operational.
The plant is set to produce rare earth, a mineral which is a key component in making high-tech products.
But residents there argue that the plant will be harmful if it should start operating as planned by early this year.
The co-defendants in the injunction include the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation, the Pahang state government , Kuantan Municipal Council, Pahang State Land and Mineral Office and other agencies.
During the dinner Kuantan Member of Parliament Fuziah Salleh said residents have rejected the project for health reasons despite claims that the project would generate RM8 billion in revenue.
“It’s a public health hazard concern,” she said.
Selangor executive councillor for environment Elizabeth Wong said revenue from such projects do not justify the potential harm it poses to lives and the environment.
Wong, who was representing Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim at the dinner, said Selangor would never approve such a project.
Wong cited the example of the Bukit Merah rare earth plant in Perak, which ceased operations in 1992 but is still blamed for causing birth defects until now.
“We do not want a repeat of what happened in Bukit Merah where the impacts are still felt until today,” she said.
The dinner was also attended by the Menteri Besar of Kelantan Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat who came to show support for the participants.