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LYNAS GOING OUT OF CONTROL ! ! ! More bad news for Lynas – need to raise money …. and who will lend to such risky and leaky project?
> The decision is the latest setback for Lynas, whose plant has been held up by protests and legal delays amid community concern over radiation risks. Deutsche Bank AG cut its rating on the stock to sell from hold after the ruling, saying the delay will place pressure on the company’s funding. – Bloomberg Businessweek http://buswk.co/Rqb8jz
Foster estimated the company, which had $124 million in unrestricted cash as of June 30, would have only $20 million in working capital available if the plant starts operating in November, and said it would probably need to raise funds through a sale of new shares. – Reuters http://bit.ly/Rso7V4
> Arising from the delay that these proceedings have caused to Lynas, the target first feed to kiln date will be delayed to a date later than the previously advised date of October 2012. – Lynas Corp http://bit.ly/R5nyyt
Massive Green Tsunami in a sea of Yellow!!! Himpunan Hijau is calling for every citizen of Malaysia to show up on 28 April 2012, 12PM Sharp at KLCC. We are calling for all businesses people to take a day off and allow their employees to participate. If you don’t act now, who will? If you don’t help yourself, who will? This is the final strike! We must finish off Lynas! Let Change Malaysia! Stop Lynas! Save Malaysia!
- Target: Western Australian and Australian Federal politicians
- Sponsored by: StopLynas.org
Rare Earths are used in our iphones, laptops, flat screen TVs and wind turbines, but have you considered what the process involves to extract rare earths? Did you know there is potentially a radioactive fallout from rare earth processing? Australian corporation Lynas wants to export rare earth from Fremantle, Western Australia to Gebeng, Kuantan in Malaysia to process the ore. But the proposed Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) has been imposed on local communities in Kuantan without their consent. Touted as the largest rare earth refinery, the LAMP will use 720 tons of concentrated Hydrochloride Acid (sulphuric acid) per day and leave behind 28,000 tonnes of solid waste per year, enough to fill 126 olympic size swimming pools. A by-product of this waste is radioactive Thorium (Th) which is dangerous to human health.
There are approximately 700,000 people living within 30 km from the LAMP and it is located near coastal tourist resorts and an environmentally sensitive fishery area. Construction of the plant has begun in secrecy and ahead of proper environmental and waste management plan. We are calling for Malaysian and Australian citizens, environmentalists, unionists, health professionals, business people and politicians to get behind the Stop Lynas! Campaign and stop Lynas Corporation from proceeding with their rare earth plant (Lynas Advanced Materials Plant-LAMP) in Gebeng, Kuantan. “Malaysians are not against new, green technology that rare earth material supports. We just ask for these technology to be clean from cradle to grave, particularly when you are processing it in someone else’s backyard.”
Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 23 March 2012.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s criticism of DAP for opting out of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on the Lynas rare earth plant, saying a solution was needed in the public interest that was above partisan politics is regrettable as it is not based on facts. The DAP and PR has opted out of the PSC principally in the public interest because the DAP did not want to be any part of BN’s attempt to whitewash and delude the public into thinking the Lynas plant is safe.
Datuk Seri Najib should withdraw his earlier remarks on 17 March 2012 published by Bernama to prove his seriousness and sincerity to his latest statement with Mandarin radio station 988 yesterday that the BN government will not allow the Lynas rare earths plant in Gebeng, Kuantan, to operate if scientific evidence proves that it will be harmful to the people’s health and the environment.
Bernama had reported Najib as saying on 17.3.2012 as saying.
The parliamentary select committee(PSC) on the Lynas issue will not decide on the fate of the controversial rare earth plant. Instead, the PSC was part of Putrajaya’s engagement process to ensure the public understood the issues at hand so that we can convince the groups who are still suspicious whether the project is safe or otherwise. He added that he hoped the PSC would raise awareness on the project so that “we can achieve comfort in terms of better public acceptance”.
Going by what the Prime Minister had said on 17.3.2012, the PSC is clearly a sham designed by BN to deliver a “fait accompli” to endorse the Lynas plant and force public acceptance without any due regard for safety, environmental and health concerns. For this reason PR and DAP had refused to participate in the PSC to legitimatize what is essentially wrong and against public interest. By saying then that the PSC would not decide on the fate of Lynas, had reduced the PSC to irrelevance.
For Dato Seri Najib to change his tune to say that the PSC was a “strong basis for us to make a decision” on Lynas is a flip-flop from his 17th March remarks. Clearly this change is the result of PR’s boycott of the PSC. However such a flip-flop only raises more questions whether the Prime Minister is serious and sincere about following through on closing down Lynas in the face of evidence and proof of environmental damage and threats to public health and safety.
To prove his commitment and seriousness, Dato Seri Najib should publicly withdraw his 17th March remarks, order an immediate stop work order on Lynas and declare the BN’s government willingness to pay compensation of at least RM700 million to Lynas spent on building the plant. Any failure to do so will only raise doubts as to the integrity of the PSC headed by Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin as nothing more than a mere political tool by BN to legitimatize the illegal or justify the unjustifiable.
Lim Guan Eng
A High Court judge has ordered the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) to explain details of the approval given for the Lynas Advanced Material Plant in Gebeng, Pahang.
High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Rohana Yusuf on Tuesday asked AELB to file an affidavit to explain the approval.
She made the order after hearing submissions in chambers from lead counsel Tommy Thomas, acting for a group of 10 local residents who filed an application for leave for a judicial review.
The residents filed the application on Feb 17, challenging AELB’s decision to grant a temporary operating licence (TOL) to Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd over the proposed construction of a rare earth processing plant.
Co-counsel K. Shamuga, who acted for the residents, told reporters that Justice Rohana has asked AELB to file the affidavit and explain what Lynas could do with approval of the TOL.
Shanmuga said they submitted that the residents did not need to appeal to the relevant minister over the proposed plant as the decision was irrational.
He said they told the judge that Malaysian Medical Association had also called for the Lynas plant to be scrapped unless it was shown to be fail-safe.
“We also submitted that there is a conflict of interest as Lynas has to pay certain percentage of revenue to AELB,” he said.
He said that they also submitted that there was no dispute that Lynas had no detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
“We are saying that the entire approval (of TOL) is illegal. Therefore, you do not need to appeal to the minister and can come for a judicial review where the court can quash the TOL,” he added.
The judge set April 4 to hear the Government’s reply.
The residents named AELB, the director-general of Environment Quality and Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd as respondents. The applicants are asking for leave to quash AELB’s decision, made on Jan 30, in granting the TOL.
Lesson that we learn from Bukit Merah incident also we had learn a lesson from Japan Radio Active which cause so many trouble. Government please do OPEN your EYE and see what it can effect to us, to all our lover, our earth, our nature. STOP LYNAS! SAVE MALAYSIA! Don’t let the history to be repeat.RADIOACTIVE Poisoning, in Bukit Merah Asian RARE-EARTH plant, since 1982
KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — Australian miner Lynas Corp has been told to relocate its waste disposal site away from its Gebeng rare earth refinery and local communities, said Datuk Seri Najib Razak. The prime minister said this did not mean that the rare earth project and its residue are harmful. Two days ago, Najib said the Lynas refinery was scientifically and factually safe. But he said the directive was made after taking into consideration the psychological and emotional effects on the community. “The location is still being determined but it is going to be far away. We have studied the Lynas project and we have come out with scientific evidence endorsed by local and international experts, that the Lynas plant and rare earth residue are safe.
“But we are also aware this issue have caused emotional and psychological concern among the people, and also that it has been politically exploited. Therefore, the government has decided to make this move,” Najib told reporters at Wakaf Mek Zainab in Kota Baru. The government has been under pressure from groups, most recently Himpunan Hijau 2.0, to shut down the rare earth project over safety fears. But Putrajaya has stood its ground on the project that was first earmarked for Terengganu. Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai told the Sin Chew Daily yesterday that Lynas will have to send the waste back to Australia even though the Western Australian government has said it will not take back the residue from the ore mined from Mount Weld in the state. Putrajaya has been adamant about the plant that will employ up to 400 workers. Lynas will also get a 12-year tax holiday for the facility.
29 Februari 2011
YBhg Tan Sri Haji Ismail bin Haji Omar
Ketua Polis Negara
Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia
50560 Kuala Lumpur
YBhg Tan Sri,
TINDAKAN KERAS KE ATAS AHLI UMNO DAN PERKASA YANG MEMUKUL WARTAWAN DAN MENGANCAM SAYA
Dengan segala hormatnya perkara di atas dirujuk.
2. Seperti yang Tan Sri sedia maklum, pada 26 Februari 2012, beberapa pembantahan telah diadakan di seluruh Malaysia berkenaan dengan isu pembinaan loji nadir bumi Lynas di Kuantan. Malangnya, pembantahan anti-Lynas pada 26 Februari 2012 pada pukul 6:00 petang di Dataran Pidato, Padang Kota Lama, Pulau Pinang, telah diganggu oleh ahli-ahli UMNO dan Perkasa yang telah membuat rusuhan di kawasan itu. Sebelum saya sampai ke situ pada pukul 6:30 petang, saya difahamkan bahawa perusuh-perusuh itu telah cuba memaksa orang awam dan pembantah anti-Lynas balik rumah dan meninggalkan tempat itu. Ramai pula yang ditolak dan dipukul sehingga mereka jatuh, termasuklah wanita-wanita. Adalah nasib baik bahawa mangsa-mangsa tersebut tidak bertindakbalas balik.
3. Ini boleh dilihat dari laporan-laporan media dan juga dari rakaman video yang dilampirkan bersama surat ini, di mana perhimpunan aman yang diadakan di Dataran Pidato Pulau Pinang telah diganggu dan digugat oleh kekecohan sekumpulan orang yang dikenali sebagai ahli-ahli UMNO dan Perkasa Pulau Pinang, yang telah menyerang perhimpunan aman anti-Lynas itu dan telah menggunakan bahasa kasar, makian dan carutan perkauman seperti “Cina Babi, Cina Pulau Pinang Bodoh, Babi Sokong Lim Guan Eng Ketua Menteri”. Ahli-ahli kumpulan tersebut telah juga mengganas peserta-peserta dan wakil-wakil media yang hadir, setakat dua orang wartawan Kwong Wah Jit Poh, Chew Seng Tun dan Lee Hong Chun, telah dipukul sehingga tercedera dan dipaksa mendapat rawatan di Hospital Besar Pulau Pinang.
4. Peristiwa ini adalah kali kedua wartawan dan orang awam diugut dan diganas oleh perusuh-perusuh UMNO-Perkasa tanpa tindakan keras diambil ke atas mereka oleh polis. Sebelum ini, pada 1 Julai 2011 dua orang wartawan telah dipukul oleh peserta-peserta demonstrasi yang melibatkan ahli-ahli UMNO dan Perkasa di KOMTAR dan selepas itu juga di Jambatan Pulau Pinang. Sehingga sekarang, tiada tindakan yang diambil terhadap mereka yang memukul wartawan itu.
5. Saya ingin menarik perhatian Tan Sri kepada tingkahlaku perusuh-perusuh UMNO-Perkasa pada 26 Februari 2012 itu yang memukul, menghalang dan meludah kereta saya. Peristiwa ini berlaku secara terbuka dan sewenang-wenangnya di hadapan anggota-anggota polis yang hadir berhampiran, tetapi anggota-anggota polis tersebut tidak mengambil sebarang tindakan untuk mengawal keadaan, melindungi saya dan mengambil tindakan ke atas mereka yang menghalang, memukul serta meludah kereta saya. Dari rakaman video yang dilampirkan bolehlah dilihat bahawa anggota-anggota polis berdiam diri dan menonton sahaja apabila orang awam diganas dan apabila kereta saya dihalang, dipukul dan diludah.
6. Saya sebagai Ketua Menteri negeri ini telah dijemput menghadiri perhimpunan tersebut, tetapi saya sendiri telah diancam dan hampir dipukul oleh ahli-ahli kumpulan UMNO-Perkasa yang tersebut. Ahli-ahli UMNO dan Perkasa telah menunjukkan penumbuk terhadap saya dan telah menggunakan carutan perkauman dan kata-kata ancaman seperti “You jaga”. Jika tidak kerana rakyat umum yang melindungi saya, saya percaya bahawa saya sendiri akan diserang. Saya difahamkan bahawa sebelum saya sampai, sudah berlaku kekecohan di mana ada beberapa orang awam diserang dan dipukul kumpulan ahli Perkasa dan UMNO ini. Semua laporan polis yang berkenaan dan rakaman video telah dibuat dan diberikan kepada pihak polis.
7. Adalah jelas bahawa tinkahlaku anggota-anggota polis yang berdiam diri dan tidak menghalang mereka yang mengganas rakyat Pulau Pinang itu tidak boleh diterima. Saya berharap bahawa tindakan yang keras sekarang akan diambil oleh pihak polis ke atas mereka yang bersalah agar peristiwa-peristiwa seperti ini tidak berlaku lagi di Negeri Pulau Pinang.
Perhatian peribadi Tan Sri ke atas perkara ini adalah didahului dengan terima kasih.
LIM GUAN ENG
Ketua Menteri Negeri Pulau Pinang
Credits: Lim Guan Eng
By WONG TACK
Chairperson, Himpunan Hijau
28 February 2012
Himpunan Hijau advises Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek to face the Lynas issue head-on instead of beating around the bush.
It is very clear that the root cause of the Lynas issue is political wrongdoings. Therefore, a wrong political decision must be resolved with the correct political action. The political situation in this country is such that many politicians are unwilling to speak out and act on an issue if it will adversely affect their personal interests and political agendas. We wish to remind that politicians are given the mandate to protect the wellbeing of the people and the nation. They must not take lightly nor continue to belittle the people on an issue which is of grave concern and closest to the people’s hearts. Therefore, for a leader with the backing of an established political machinery like MCA, Dr. Chua, instead of constantly trying to avoid handling the issue and conveniently trying to accuse the people of politicizing, should :
1) investigate whether someone opened the backdoor of this country and greased the path to allow a monster to slide into our country
2) investigate how a project of such magnitude which can cause massive pollutions can be approved within weeks and required only a PEIA, of which standard is no better than a high school report.
3) engage an independent panel of experts to verify the claims and so-called scientific data provided by Lynas.
4) investigate whether someone directed the Director of AELB to issue the Temporary Operating Licence when full regulatory compliance have not been met . Explain the reasons and logic behind this issuance.
Same goes to the Ministers under Datuk Chua’s leadership especially Dato’ Liow Tiong Lai. As a responsible Minister of Health, he should establish a professional team to conduct an independent research in investigating the ill-impacts of the project on the health of the people. On the other hand, Dato’ Ng Yen Yen, as the Minister of Tourism, must fulfill the responsibility entrusted to her by carrying out an independent analysis of the impact of the project on the tourism industry in the nation particularly in Kuantan. These are the contributions and commitments that the people hope to see from the leaders of this nation. All these years, it was very easy for politicians to give promises and guarantees verbally and even on paper when they are in power.
The tragic and grievous experiences in Bukit Merah, Perak and Mamut copper mine, Sabah reveal the true consequences of these false promises. Both of these operations have closed down for years, whereby money has been made by certain quarters. But until this very moment, the communities of Bukit Merah and Mamut continue to suffer immensely. What has the government done for them? Any collective actions taken apart from pointing fingers? Any chance of finding solutions to reverse the severe damages and sufferings that have taken place? Who are there for the families who are suffering now? Anyone cares? Anyone???
With these real examples of toxic legacies, why are the people and the future generations of this nation being forced to take all these unnecessary, unreasonable and unacceptable risks again? Haven’t the people suffered enough? How much more suffering do those in power, out of greediness and selfishness, want to inflict on the people? Datuk Chua, as a prominent leader of this nation must understand the concept of global interconnectivity and realise that Lynas is not only an issue of the people of Kuantan. For the benefit of the nation, he must elevate his perspectives on environment concerns or global environmental movements.
Therefore, it is very crucial that Dato Chua exercises his political duty and moral responsibility. We are calling on him to stand up and provide the people with a truthful and brave decisive statement on this issue. The clarion call of Himpunan Hijau 3.0 has been activated. We call upon all concerned and responsible citizens of Malaysia to be on alert to respond by coming forward on the day of reckoning on stopping Lynas!