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May 22, 2011

After handing over the Memorandum to the Australian Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur, Fuziah Salleh, MP for Kuantan and Vice President of Parti Keadilan Rakyat with delegation from Save Malaysia coalition faces the press outside the Australian High Commission Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


“We have handed over the Memorandum and I think we spent nearly an hour inside there and Arthur Squirel, the number two in the Australian High Commission has been very,very helpful, supportive, and very attentive to everything that we have said…our concerns and all of us spoke…the Chair, Vincent…spoke.

We spoke…we informed our concerns…among our concerns are…we are very concern about the incapability and the incompentency of the Malaysian Government to be able to manag such a refibery and there’ss no such refibery outside China…and we do not have a benchmark…we do not have a best practice and we certainly do not want to use the best practie of China…and as such we are very,very concern that the Malaysian government will not be able to manage it.

In Australia, Lynas has received a license to buld a refinery plant in Australia, but Lynas chose not to use the license because the license will ask Lynas to be very,very stringent with regard to the environmental compliance.
The regulator in Australia is the EPA, the Environmental Protection Authority, and they have to commit to 41 commitments in variuos areas and various aspects…from transportation to process to buffer zones, to ground water to waste management, whereas in Malaysia, the regulator is the AELB…they are only concerned with radioactive levels.   They do not look into the other aspects of transportation, the monotoring of waste, processing, the environmental, ground water, whether there is spillage…
In Australia, they will be doing it in every area – they will buffer zone of 30 kilometre…
In Gebeng, 30KM radius, there are 700,000 people living in that 30KM radius around Gebeng…
In Australia, there will be buffer zone of 30KM and no one can live in that area.
So, you see, we are very concerned that Lynas is using double standards. Lynas is not doing it in Australia because it is so dificult to comply.   Lynas is taking advantage of the loopholes in our laws.

Lynas is taking advantage of the lax in our environmental laws.

So, as such we also have experts who have had experience in Bukit Merah.   Dr Jeya…U can also talk to him after this…he will explain to you what he went through with the Bukit Merah residents.   How it was a very,very long struggle to put the plant to a stop.
Mitsubishi Corp. had so much experience…they are so established.   Lynas had no plant prior to this.

What we are saying is that Lynas do not have the capacity to comply.
Malaysia does not have the capacity to enforce.
Gebeng is not the rite place.
We do not want it in Gebeng.
We do not want it in anywhere in Malaysia.
If Lynas want to have such a plant, they must go back to Australia and do it in Australia and use their license that they have in Australia.
They should not take advantage of the Malaysian people.

We may be a developing nation, but the people in Malaysia, esp. in Kuantan knows what we want and what we want is : We do not want Lynas.”

Video & Transcript by Rozaini Mohd Rosli

3 Comments leave one →
  1. ThomasT permalink
    June 3, 2011 9:03 AM

    Lynas has claimed that their rare earth from Mt Weld is from lanthanide ore, which is naturally low in thorium.

    On the other hand a research paper by the Australian Parliament claimed otherwise.

    This information leaves the concerned citizens of Kuantan very worried of the situation that’s pending should AELB decide to issue license to operate. Thus I urge the authorities especially AELB to look into this matter into more detail. Also for the authorities to consult other experts to provide input on this matter.

    Below is an extract from a research paper by the Parliament of Australia:

    Under the Laws of Malaysia Act 304, Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984

    1)The levels of naturally occurring Thorium from the Lynas Mount Weld mine in Australia is not considered low, as claimed by Lynas. According to the Parliament of Australia research paper no. 11 2007-08, the main source of Thorium in Australia is the mineral monazite which is a reddish-brown rare-earth phosphate mineral and that contains 8–10 per cent Thorium. Based on Lynas Target capacity of 22,000 tons per year rare earth, the Thorium residue in Gebeng is a whopping 1760 tons to 2200 tons, and this will be the amount of radioactive waste/residue generated by Lynas in Gebeng.

    The New York Times reported last October, that the tailings pond at Baotou, China is leaking an underground bloom of thorium that is moving toward the Yellow River at 300 meters per year; the river is 7 kilometers away. The Chinese have since confirmed this.

  2. ThomasT permalink
    June 3, 2011 9:04 AM


    China’s rare earth industry each year produces more than five times the amount of waste gas, (including deadly fluorine, radio-active radon, and sulfur dioxide), than the total flared annually by all miners and oil refiners in the U.S. Alongside that 13 billion cubic meters of gas comes 25 million tons of waste water laced with cancer-causing, DNA damaging heavy metals such as cadmium. Malaysia plans to refine one third of China`s output of REE!!

    Any clear details from Lynas re prifying or storing these deadly gases and heavy metals????

    i thought NOT.

  3. tommytcg permalink
    June 3, 2011 4:19 PM

    Malaysia was not about to save Western civilization with REE.

    A massive REE refinery, from the old Soviet era, is about to restart in Kyrgystan. The operator is a Canadian miner, Stans Energy Corp. Stans has just this week sealed the final deals and now owns 100% of the refinery, the railhead, the massive NEARBY mine, plus licence for another large nearby REE find.

    This refinery was moth-balled, and is 97% serviceable. It sits 150 kilometres from civilization, with only support staff in the vicinity, so no fear there for the Kyrgys public in case of an accident. It supplied 80% of the Soviet Unions REE, essential for their 1000s of nukes, smart weapons etc.

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