Public Protest against Lynas Corp of Australia


March 30, 2011

To Lynas Corp: Pack Up and Leave  Gebang, Pahang for Australia

by Joseph Sipalan@http://www.malaysiakini.com

A group of Pahang residents has urged Australia’s Lynas Corp to “pack up and leave” Malaysia and abandon plans to build a rare earth refinery in Gebeng, near Kuantan.

Vincent Jiam, leader of a group of Pahang residents protesting the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant, said that plant would bring more harm than good.”Please pack up and leave and go home. Don’t leave anything behind… don’t even leave your slippers behind,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.

Jiam (left) and some 10 representatives of the group were in Parliament to hand a protest petition to Prime Minsiter Najib Abdul Razak.“I’m just a kindergarten teacher. We want the top man to decide,” said Jiam.

The group, however, were not allowed to see the premier, claiming that his aides turned them away without even taking a copy of their memorandum. “(One of Najib’s officers) told me, ‘(you) could go around the country all you want, but for two months you still cannot get an appointment with him’. Why would I want to go around the country? I just want to go to the top man,” he said at a press conference at the Parliament lobby.

PM must be our ‘Father’

“Everyone knows the top man can make decisions and we know he can make a right decision for us.I was hoping he would become like a father to us for just one moment, and take the memorandum,” Jiam said, clearly incensed by the alleged indifference of the Prime Minister’s Office staff.

Jiam, who appeared ill-at-ease sitting under the media spotlight, repeatedly stressed that neither he nor the committee members are politically inclined – and made it clear they have not much love for politicians, be it from the government or the opposition.

“(Politicians) always treat people nice(ly)… they are trying to get people’s attention and say they are concerned, to tell (us) the problems and then tell us ‘don’t be afraid’. Politicians are clever talkers.

“We don’t want that. The country will (become) the darkest country of our time, for all the wrong things that we have done. We cannot (wait) for two months to decide… I am asking the PM for (all) our sakes. Now only the PM can make the right decision,” he said.

Bukit Merah fish didn’t die, they are huge’

Jiam, who lives in Kuantan some 25km from the plant’s site at the Gebeng Industrial  Zone, pointed out that a resident of Bukit Merah – the site of an earlier rare earth plant that was closed down in 1992 – had told him of the aftermath of the radiation leakage in the area.

“I asked him if the fish died, and he told me ‘no, they are huge’. Imagine if Kuantan becomes an exporter of super huge fish, we will be sending out radiation to our brothers and sisters in Sabah and Sarawak. We don’t want that, but that is what will happen,” he said.

Jiam said the committee, which was formed on March 22, will not be deterred by their failure to meet with Najib, and will make sure their memorandum will reach each of the 222 MPs in Parliament.

He added that they have so far managed to get 20,000 signatures for a petition against the project, and they “will continue to fight” until the matter is settled in their favour.

“When this is all done, I will go back to being a kindergarten teacher. We cannot let this go on… our children will not forgive us,” he said.

37 thoughts on “Public Protest against Lynas Corp of Australia

  1. That is so typical of Malaysia’s politicians, they are never available to meet their own people who are truly in need of their support. Unlike the West where the politicians will make sure they are seen with those most vulnerable and in need of assistance. They are busy being VVIP’s instead of serving the people. They have got it all wrong. This sense of self importance has never sat well with me. I am absolutely against this mentality because they should be there to not only listen to the people but resolve issues for them in their life. That is what serving the people really means!

    Once I was back home parked in front of the MARA builkding and was told off becasue a Minister was coming there ( A VIP I was told). I did my civic duty and told the guard that without our vote the MInister wouldnt be a Minister to which the guard agreed with me and said he was just doing his job! We need to change the mindset of the poeple and remind them they are the most important.

  2. Malaysians now are familiar with rare earth and the problem of radioactive waste after what happened in Papan. Lynas, however, argues that its radioactive levels are safe (see response below).

    The firm appears to have engaged public relations firm Fox Communications to handle the Malaysian public.

    Lynas had a concentrate plant in China but the firm moved that back to Australia, where it owns large rare earth deposits. If the raw materials are in Mt Weld, why would it choose Kuantan for the site for its ‘advanced’ processing plant?

    Let’s look at the reasons given by Lynas for choosing Kuantan:

    Lynas owns the richest deposit of Rare Earths in the world at Mt Weld, 35km south of Laverton in Western Australia. A feasibility study has been completed on the Rare Earths deposits and all Australian approvals required for project development have been received.

    In past years, Lynas has observed a trend in Chinese Government policy decisions which is leading to an increase in Government control of the Rare Earths industry in China and the tightening of supply due to the imposition of mining production quotas, and the reduction and restrictions on trading of the existing export quota. These policy decisions have followed the removal of VAT rebates for exports of Rare Earths oxides and an increased enforcement of China’s stringent environmental standards which resulted in the closure of non-compliant Rare Earths plants.

    Shortly after the introduction of production quotas in China the company determined it was prudent to investigate potential sites other than China that would be suitable for the company’s proposed processing plant for Mt Weld ore. The drivers for this decision were the:

    * Increasing Government control of the Rare Earths industry in China, thereby increasing the project risk for our plant

    * Escalating operating costs in China due to the Government policies noted above, and also inflation affecting cost of reagents, utilities and labour

    * Favourable tax environments available in alternative countries

    * Opportunity to reduce cost base denominated in Renminbi, and thereby benefit from a strengthening Chinese currency

    The first stage was to relocate the concentration plant from China back to Mount Weld, and the next phase was to develop an Advanced Materials Plant to process the concentrate through to the final product.

    Following a detailed evaluation of several possible sites, Kuantan, in the state of Pahang, Malaysia, was chosen for its favourable investment climate, the high quality workforce, the excellent infrastructure servicing the proposed site and the readily available reagents used by the Plant.

    Lynas has been granted the “strategic pioneer status” by the Malaysian Industrial Development Association (MIDA), which has a number of associated benefits including a 12 year tax free period.

    On top of all the infrastructure made available, Lynas gets 12 years tax free. How generous of Mida!

    Lynas makes it sound as if we should be honoured it chose Malaysia. The status of construction can be found here. The plant, which is being built at the Gebeng Industrial Estate, Kuantan, will have an initial annual capacity of 11,000 tonnes of rare earth oxides.

    Meanwhile, China, which accounts for 97 per cent of global production, is tightening its environmental regulations. Does Malaysia have similar environmental standards – and crucially the monitoring and enforcement – to protect the environment and surrounding communities?

    This is what Cindy Hurst wrote for the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) in March 2010.

    New regulations to protect the environment

    China does not have pollutant discharge standards for the rare earth industry. Environmental issues behind the mining of rare earth elements are a huge concern. The differences between Western mining efforts and those seen in China today are staggering. Aware of the problem, the local government is reporting to be trying to find ways to improve the situation.

    In July 2009, the Ministry of Environmental Protection organized the “Rare Earth Industry Pollutant Discharge Standards.” These new standards will hopefully “eliminate backward production abilities and promote the upgrading and updating of China’s rare earth industry.”

    The Ministry of Environmental Protection set discharge standards for six types of atmospheric pollutants – sulfur dioxide, particles, fluoride, chlorine, hydrogen chloride, and sulfur trioxide. For water pollutants, discharge standards were set for 14 types of pollutants, including fluoride, total phosphorous, total carbon, total nitrogen, and ammonia nitrogen. In many southern regions with lakes, the new standards implement special discharge limits for ammonia nitrogen discharge concentrations. These new standards are split into two parts, one part for existing enterprises and the other part for newly built enterprises.

    Under the new standards, rare earth enterprises are required to increase their investment in environmental protection and improve production technologies and costs.

    Of course, whether or not these new standards are ever successfully fully implemented remains to be seen. Based on China’s production of 150 tons of rare earth elements, the cost for producers to implement some of the environmental protection efforts would be 1.1 billion yuan ($161 million) and there would be additional annual environmental protection costs of about 280 million yuan ($41 million) for the concentration of water pollutants discharged industry-wide. This would add a cost of 1,000 to 1,500 yuan ($145 to $220) to production for every ton of product.59 If producers believe their investments toward meeting these standards are not secure and the Chinese government does not provide some type of financial incentive, the Chinese government might be hard pressed to fulfill these standards.

    Only time will tell if cleaning up the environment in China is achievable.

    China has a history of pressing forward in its economic ventures with no regard for the environment. China could easily create more stringent environmental regulations as a front to cover up its poor image. If China were to place environmental issues and regulations high on the priority list, it would mean higher costs to run the industry and less production. This could force the international community to push hard for alternatives, potentially hurting China’s superior status in the rare earth industry. China is able to operate its rare earth mines at one third the cost in part because of the country’s lax environmental standards. Additionally, efforts to clean up China’s environment will require government funding and increased oversight, and would likely cost billions of dollars.

    According to renowned Australian rare earths expert Dudley Kingsnorth, “I think it will be at least 10 years before China will match our standards.”

    How about Malaysian standards? What’s more, it’s one thing to have stringent environmental standards and quite another to have tight monitoring and enforcement and strong penalties. What has Malaysia’s record in punishing environmental violators been like?

    This is Lynas’ response posted on a Facebook site addressing some of the concerns:

    Dear Writestreet,

    First of all, I would like to note that this is an official Lynas response to your blog, ‘Lynas Outfoxed’.

    The people at Lynas have a strong set of values, these include operating in an honest, candid and transparent manner, as well as always to respect and contribute to the communities in which we live. Therefore we feel an obligation to respond to your blog to address some statements within your blog which Lynas believe are factually incorrect statements, statements which are taken out of context, and statements which are misleading.

    The session you described was organised and chaired by Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Pahang (PKNP), not Lynas. The Department of Environment (DoE), The Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB), and Nuclear Malaysia (NM) were not guests, they were there to present detailed explanations of the processes they undertook in studying the Lynas project, to present their findings and approvals on the project, and to explain their ongoing role in monitoring the operation. A final presentation was given by the Executive Chairman of Lynas.

    Your statement “The Lynas guys said the level of radioactivity was not as bad as the situation in Bukit Merah, Ipoh when the Asian Rare Earth was processing rare earth” fails to state that the DoE, the AELB and NM also stated this. The raw material from Mount Weld in Australia is not the same as that processed at Bukit Merah. The Asian Rare Earth raw material was tin mining tailings. This contained high levels of thorium, which was the source of the radiation. The Lynas operation will use a raw material that has naturally low levels of thorium (50 times lower than the tin tailings used by Asian Rare Earth). This is due to the unique geology at Mount Weld. As a result, the Lynas raw material is safe, non-toxic and non-hazardous.

    The radioactive level of Lynas residue is only 1/300th of the Asian Rare Earth residue (1900 vs 6.7 Bq/gram). The material processed at Bukit Merah could not be processed in Australia, Malaysia, or China today. Lynas have approvals to process the Mount Weld raw material in Malaysia, China and Australia (all of these approvals are open for inspection by appointment at our office in Gebeng). I will come back to why we chose Malaysia.

    Lynas was well aware of Dr. Jayabalan’s presence and we were pleased he had an opportunity to ask questions to the approval authorities and to Lynas – this is in line with our values. We respect his experience at Bukit Merah.

    Allow to me comment on your “excerpts of what was said that day”:

    “The rare earth is being brought in from Mount Weld in Australia through Kuantan port, processed in Gebeng, and then taken back to Australia”.

    This is incorrect. Concentrate shall be brought in containers from Mount Weld in Australia through Kuantan Port. It will then be processed at our Plant in Gebeng. The products will then be exported to Japan, Europe and the US. Malaysia is an excellent distribution hub.

    “Why bring the rare earth to Malaysia, why not processs it in Australia? The skills and engineering requirement cannot be met by the human resource in Australia and there is no open space in Australia for such a plant”.

    Your reported answer to this question is not what was presented by Lynas. Lynas obtained all approvals for this project in Australia. However, Australia does not have the industrial infrastructure required for this project as can be found at Gebeng, Malaysia. Lynas could not find in Australia a location that has established industrial land, local production of required industrial chemicals, gas, electricity and a plentiful supply of water for the plant. Lynas had previously obtained approvals for this plant in China. However, the Chinese government imposed export limits on all final products as well as imposing export taxes. Lynas was not willing to invest in China and then to have the export of final products controlled by the Chinese government. Lynas subsequently identified Malaysia as the best global location for this plant. It is a credit to Malaysia that there are great port facilities, industrial land, good chemical supplies, reliable utilities, a clear legal framework, strict and clear regulations, good education standards at secondary, technical and university levels and a government with a vision for value added industry.

    “Is the waste product radioactive? Various answers were given at various points in time – technically it is not radioactive; the radioactivity level is 300 less than that in Bukit Merah; yes, it is radioactive”.

    Allow us to clarify. There are three residues produced by the plant. The low level of naturally occurring radiation only goes to one of these residues, not the other two. Nuclear Malaysia presented on the levels of naturally occurring radiation we are all exposed to every day, and provided the following information on annual radiation exposure, in mSv/yr, in every day human activities:
    • Smoking a pack of cigarettes daily 150
    • Medical or dental x-ray 0.39
    • Living in a masonry home 0.07
    • Sleeping next to someone for 8 hour 0.02
    • Watching television 2 hour daily 0.01
    • Air travel, every airborne hour 0.005
    • Using a computer terminal 0.001

    On average a person receives exposure to natural radiation of 2.4mSV/annum from the environment in which we all live. People emit radiation, which is why sleeping next to your husband or wife increases you exposure to natural radiation by 0.02 mSv/year.

    The radioactive level in the residue containing the low level of naturally occurring radiation is safe. The safe level is established and monitored by the Malaysian authorities based on Malaysian standards. Malaysian standards are identical to Australian and international standards. The standard sets the additional exposure limit for the public at 1 mSv/year and 50mSv/year for workers, this is in addition to the background radiation around us. At these levels, there is no risk to health. In the case of the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant, the public exposure will be zero, whereas the average exposure for an employee at the Lynas Advanced Material Plant will be only 0.2mSv/year.

    “What will happen to the waste once you decide to close the plant – are you going to ship it back to Australia? No answer given. They didn’t want to talk about the waste at all.”

    The authorities presented information on residue management during the session:

    1. The Radiological Impact Assessment completed by NM on the storage of these residues shows them to be safe and pose no risk to the public. However, Lynas has taken the additional safety steps of placing these residues in safe, reliable engineered storage cells that are designed so that there is no possibility for any leakage of material into the environment. These storage cells are monitored and regulated by both Lynas and the AELB to ensure full compliance within the approval conditions.

    2. To ensure long term sustainability of our operation, Lynas is committed to convert the residues into safe, saleable industrial products. The two products which do not contain the naturally occurring radiation have been identified for gypsum applications. For the residue containing the low level naturally occurring radiation, Lynas has already embarked on a programme of research and development to use the residue in safe by-products. The R&D is being undertaken together with the local universities, Nuclear Malaysia, and Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (Ansto). The progress of this R&D is being reported to the AELB and DoE.

    3. What will happen if no application can be found for the residue? Lynas is subjected to strict conditions by the AELB. One of the conditions refers to the end of life of the plant and Lynas must obtain a decommissioning license which includes the safe storage of any of the remaining residues. Lynas has agreed to place funds with the Malaysian government to ensure safe management of any remaining residues as required by the AELB.

    “In the case of a problem during waste handling, an accident, contamination, etc, what will happen? We do not anticipate any problem at all.”
    We have discussed residue management above.

    The Lynas Country Manager explained the standard procedure should a container of raw material be involved in an accident causing a spillage. These are standard procedures used by many industries. Remember the Material Safety Data Sheet compiled by independent experts show the Mount Weld raw material is safe, non-toxic and non-hazardous.

    With regard to the relocation of the proposed plant – Lynas was initially directed by MIDA to locate in Kemaman in 2006. Lynas designed the plant for the specific Kemaman location. Lynas obtained all approvals required by the authorities for this location including AELB, DoE and Majlis Perbandaran Kemaman (MPK) approvals. While waiting for the Terengganu government to allocate the land, Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA) asked Lynas to consider relocating to Gebeng, to which Lynas agreed.

    Your statement “Rare earth in itself is not dangerous but once you process it, it releases radioacvitve gases and the waste is radioactive” is incorrect. It is other elements contained within the minerals of the raw material, specifically thorium, which is radioactive. It is the thorium that goes to one of the residues as discussed above. It is for this reason why the starting raw material is so important when processing to produce these products. The fact that the Mount Weld raw material contains such very low levels of thorium makes it safe, non-toxic and non-hazardous.

    The Lynas Advanced Materials Plant is designed to the world’s best practice and meets all of the safety and environmental standards for Malaysia as well as Australian and International standards. The authorities (e.g. AELB and DoE) monitor the operation closely to ensure full compliance.

    As noted above, Lynas values and respects the communities in which we operate, and we are happy to answer any questions in relation to the above. We can be reached by email on general@lynascorp.com.

    I trust the above clarifies.

    Regards,
    Dr Matthew James
    Corporate Communications
    10 January, 2010

  3. We must do our utmost to stop this project from further progress. Just because Lynas is open in their communications, it does mean that the project is safe. The offcial answer given by Lynas when asked why not in Australia but in Malaysia, is total bull…. Lynas said “Lynas subsequently identified Malaysia as the best global location for this plant. It is a credit to Malaysia that there are great port facilities, industrial land, good chemical supplies, reliable utilities, a clear legal framework, strict and clear regulations, good education standards at secondary, technical and university levels and a government with a vision for value added industry.”

    This communication guy from Lynas, Matthew James, must be thinking that we Malaysian are ignoramuses and fools. All these consideration are also available in Australia and in fact much better especially in education, legal framework, etc.

    May be, MIDA and other government agency members present can easily be fooled by Lynas, but not us. This is a very serious matter. UMNO/BN elites are not only robbing us but they are also (putting our health at risk).

  4. For more on the Al Kitab issue read the latest in the Malaysian Insider :

    Title : Christians Reject Putrajaya’s Overture Over Malay Bibles .

    This is the way to go . Ramon Never ratnam , Hardev Kaur and all other non malays who cave in and sell out , should learn from how the Church is standing up. The erosion of non Malay rights over the 50 plus years of this country’s independence would not have happened if the leaders of the Church took a strong stand from the beginning .

    However, they are at least doing so now . What is right cannot be wrong . So we cannot be meek and must dig in our heals and stand up for our rights .

    This is especially so in an enviroment where the national leadership seems extremely comfortable with evil methods and is corrupt.

  5. Why not build the facility in Pekan? Only then will Jibby take notice.

    Our idiots don’t seem to learn from past experiences. The Asian Rare Earth factory at Bt Merah, Ipoh was a joint Japanese and local (Umno cronies) venture started in 1982.

    Public opposition caused the factory to cease operations in 1994. The locals suffered but the High Court ruling was music to their ears.

    Presently, a US100-million underground storage facility is being built at the foothills of Keledang Range (behind Papan) to treat and store the radioactive rare earth sourced from tin tailing (amang).

    Cancer cases and miscarriages among Bt Merah and Papan residents are relatively high. Much higher than the national average. The reason is obvious.

    Al Kutty recently declared that “a small amount of radioactive materials lay buried in Perak” when asked to comment on the country’s proposed nuclear power plant.

    Yet it was him who approved the construction of the Bt Merah rare earth plant. And in doing so he sent a number of the protesters to Kamunting during Op Lalang in 1987.

    Memang dia ni mudah lupa…

  6. Allow me to translate for this Dr Matthew James:

    1. The Radiological Impact Assessment completed by NM on the storage of these residues shows them to be safe and pose no risk to the public. However, Lynas has taken the additional safety steps of placing these residues in safe, reliable engineered storage cells that are designed so that there is no possibility for any leakage of material into the environment.
    TRANSLATION: After processing the rare earth, we will store the radioactive wastes in the vicinity of Gebeng FOREVER!

    2. To ensure long term sustainability of our operation, Lynas is committed to convert the residues into safe, saleable industrial products. …… For the residue containing the low level naturally occurring radiation, Lynas has already embarked on a programme of research and development to use the residue in safe by-products.
    TRANSLATION: For the residue containing the “low level naturally occuring radiation”, we don’t have any idea of what to do with it yet (except storing onsite), and there is no “safe by-product” for this yet. Trust us, research and development will find a use for this in the near future.

    I would also like to remind this corporate Public Relations man (“Corporate Communications”) that, according to reports, the Trengganu State Govt rejected the siting of this plant in the state.

  7. ” So much for Najib’s raayat di dahulukan “. – Joe Black.

    Joe ,

    It is not just the Prime Minister . It is everybody in UMNO – Barisan . Umno is the worst of course . But how much better are those from MCA, MIC and those other component members from Sabah and sarawak?

    The Church talks about the Christian rights that has been eroded since independence and especially so during mahathir’s 22 year tenure. Only now they seem to want to stand up for their rights – after 50 plus years.

    Then what about Sabah and Sarawak and their rights ? Agreements signed before they joined Malaysia ARE NOT EVEN OBSERVED and their respective chief ministers don’t even seem to be bothered ! I guess if they do try to right the wrong , then and only then , MACC will step in and charge them with corruption.

    Only Jeffery Kitingan and perhaps Raja Petra Kamaruddin stands up on their behalf. And if the Sabahans and Sarawakians are not careful, mahathir’s Kereta Api Tanah Melayu may someday extend their tracks over the south china sea to these 2 states and the country won’t be known as malaysia anymore but will be known as KERETA API TANAH MELAYU.

    In an enviroment where the leadership ( both past and present ) is so corrupt , incompetent, and so prone and comfortable to using evil methods to have things their way , we the public must be extremely cautious with the policies they come up with because they maybe inadequately examined because of the corrupt nature of doing things here.

  8. If the rare earth refinery is safe why not just have it in Putrajaya?
    (Lynas said, Malaysia, was chosen for its favourable investment climate, the high quality workforce, the excellent infrastructure servicing the proposed site and the readily available reagents used by the Plant.)
    Cut the bull.
    Lynas Corp chose Malaysia not for its investment climate but because this is country where money talks and moves mountains.

  9. It is sad that for the greed of money the PM had agreed to allow the Australian rare earth refining plant be sited in Kuantan, Malaysia.
    Firstly, Lynas was given 12 year tax-free holiday and how does this bring in money to Malaysia ?

    Secondly, radioactivity at whatever low levels is radioactivity and can affect living cells to mutate and subsequently cancer. The question the Malaysian government should have asked Lynas was where is the economy of scale when they have to transport these rare earth over thousands of miles to Malaysia ? Would it not be better to have the refining plant sited next door to the rare earth mine ? Perhaps, Lynas has to reveal all about the Australian authorities comments and objections !

    Thirdly, why did Mitsubishi Corp spend hundreds of millions in cleaning up their past act at Papan ?

    If the radioactivity is low, why didn’t the project be approved in Putrajaya ? Was it not in my backyard answer ?

    Finally, the acid used in refining ( Hydrochloric and Sulphuric Acid are corrosive and poisonous ) could be a danger to human and plant health as the fumes are rather corrosive.

  10. Wassup Catherine?
    Why is radiation leaking from the Church? The Church will survive, though i’m not too sure whether there can be any Christian support (a miserable 10-15% population) left for Umno-BN. Doubt it. What with all these shifts in tectonic plates and all that. SB/PDRM will be monitoring the churches, esp the “fire and brimstone” ones very carefully from now on. Don the Armor of God all the time and remember to remain standing and not keel over with the devil.

    Phua, the residue is presently mixed up with grouting for road building. Seeing the condition of suburban Malaysian roads, they ought to mix it together with some fluorescent pigment and this will only last for about 14billion years.. EIA report – Apatu? Monitoring – Apa-apa-tu?

    While you guys continue to hee and haw, i say it’s a done (both above and under-counter deal) deal. Wanna bet?

  11. CLF,
    You know what! It’s the christians “forced” the Roman to embrace them instead. Christian matrydom lagi better than ahem ahem……Watch those classical shows lately

    Din,
    Pardon me for showing the film but this is how Christ defeated Roman Empire…..Something that even moslems can’t emulate until today

  12. The mere mention of the Perak moron sickens me, CLF. He wanna haram poco poco? Bloody Meathead. Doesn’t he know that the Malays are the ones who are crazy of this groupie dance? It has become a norm at official functions when the ladies take to the floor to poco poco. To let off steam mah…He should have his head examined lah..

  13. Kuantan used to be [ yes, soon nobody will want to be near the town] used to be a good place to live and work in – my colleagues who were transferred here used to like the town and end up living here permanently. Now? Sigh… all because we are the people first!…to get the radiation, that is!

  14. True, looes.
    As Justin Martyr said: “For every drop of blood a martyr sheds, is the seed of a Church.”
    Christianity is a religion of the suffering, poor and disenfranchised. It doesn’t do well in a postmodern materialistic world as in Europe.
    Islam is a religion of success. Is it not?

    Yup Tok,
    This fella is seriously warped up. Imagine turning a wholly secular fun thing like Line Dancing into a religious anathema! I guess Jibby and FLOM are hereby ostracized – after 1Malaysianizing all over the place. And for that kutu MB to respond is even more insulting on our intelligence.
    If PAS is shooting their own foot about the Lottery thingy, Umno-BN is literally being irradiated big time.
    Perakians really got to do the needful, next GE! Got to stop the cancer from spreading..

  15. It appears that countries like Malaysia are on the receiving end of the foreign technology life-cycle, of which there is going to be no more development. Could Malaysia have become their dumping ground?

  16. Joe Black,

    “So Much for Najib’s RAKYAT DIDAHULUKAN”

    You have to ask first “didahulukan” for what. Maybe he means rakyat first of the planks.

  17. CLF, whilst we hee and haw? Err thanks. Then again sounds about right.We hee and haw they just turn a deaf ear and go right ahead with whatever they need to do. That sounds about right.

  18. So did Prophet Adam, Prophet Abraham, Prophet Moses , Prophet Muhammad ( pbu them all) and all those Messengers of the One True God. You can reject thuis till kingdom come , it doesnt matter one bit to me. It is what it is.

  19. Kat, besides the radiation threat which is long term and deleterious to our future generations, Tok Cik and i are aghast at the immediate threat of ‘idiocy, ignorance and blind hatred’ of the religious Fat-Cats issuing fatwas willy-nilly.

    Just to remind you that you with your independent ways and thinking, too, will be ‘unwelcome’ back home. You will not be obeisant to their diktat. God-willing one day, this will change, with the help of your generation who can winnow the chaff from the padi.

  20. I know that CLF. I am too different. I cannot live with myself if I allow others to opress others when we all came form the One True God ( I know I know many disagree . It is their prerogative to do so. I have no problem with agreeing to disagree) However The Creator is Mightier than Mans scheming and planning. He is Mightier.

  21. I will be more at ease if Lynas Corporation use the money they spent on their PR spin to date to provide the public with the environmental management plan and waste management plan reports. In Australia, these will be required for public scrutiny. The PR consultant is right in recognising that Malaysians are well educated and it is precisely because we are no fool that we need more than just mere PR spin. Get that!
    __________
    Whatever reports you may produce, Lynas is irresponsible for building a processing facility to process rare earth. We do not need it in Gebeng or anywhere else in Malaysia. It is unsafe for our people.–Din Merican

  22. “It is a credit to Malaysia that there are great port facilities, industrial land, good chemical supplies, reliable utilities, a clear legal framework, strict and clear regulations, good education standards at secondary, technical and university levels and a government with a vision for value added industry.” Dr. Matthew James, Corporate Communications, Lynas Corp.

    Is this Dr. Matthew Spin for real? Does he take us for fools? Good education at university levels?

    Is that why Malaysian students are going in droves to Australian universities for their tertiary education?

    So Malaysia has all these great facilities and Australia doesn’t? Is that why Malaysia is a developed country and Australia is a third world country?

    This Dr. of Corporate Communications sure is earning his keep at Lynas Corp. They must pay him well to spin all this crap.

    As a resident of Kuantan, let me tell you about the great port facilities. Even before they completed building Kuantan Port years ago, a huge crack appeared which had to be fixed and the project was stalled for 2 to 3 years because of this.

    Reliable utilities? Ask any resident of Kuantan how many power cuts they have to endure each year. Ditto for water. Try to have a shower between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and let me know how you do especially if you’re using hot water (electrical heater).

    Just this week from 27th March, 2011 – 29th March, 2011 there was a water supply interruption to most of the town of Kuantan including Gebeng and there was no prior announcement in any of the local media (radio or print). But wait for this (this is rich), the manufacturing concerns at Gebeng were sent letters received on the 28th of March 2011 informing them of the water supply interruption from 27th – 29th of March by the local Water Board.

    Clear legal framework? This would be so funny if not for the seriousness of the situation. Everyone knows about the kangaroos we import from Australia for our courts. I’ll just leave it at this as this is a well documented fact.

    Dr. Matthew Spin must have had first hand experience of these great facilities to entitle him to spew such trash, but we are not buying any of it.

    Kuantan Resident

  23. Mongkut Bean
    Over here we have medical marijuana dispensaries. Just get a doctors certificate that you are dependent on weeds and you can buy it at almost any weed store.
    Did you like the video on Maria Ozawa and her bazookas?

  24. THE LYNAS PLANT IN KUANTAN SHOULD BE CLOSED AND RETURN TO AUSTRALIA . THE POTENTIAL DANGER TO HUMAN HEALTH ,FISHERIES AND TOURISM OUTWEIGH THE SMALL BENEFIT TO MALAYSIANS .RADIOACTIVE DANGER SHOULD NOT BE UNDER ESTIMATED FRON THE LYNAS PLANT.

  25. Dear lynas,

    You can afford all the Fox agency you want, we dont want you on our shore so please get out from our country.

    China is a leader in rare earth industry and China also rejected you, because of their recently ammended laws. And indeed you came to us because of our ‘clear legal framework’?

    Pffftttt..!

  26. What even funnier is, the very people who approved of this project would be inaffected if anything happens. They would most probably be the first THAT ARE ABLE TO GET OUT OF THE PLACE, THE COUNTRY.

    If it is so safe, we might as well asked people like Adnan Yaakob and the rest, to relocate their immediate families near to the proposed plant. Just to see how easily they could catch leukemia or misscarriage.

    Just saying..

  27. Factories in that Industrial Park will have NO workers, once they hear about the safe low levels of leukaemia casing radiation coming from their neighbour.

    And, Malaysia will not be solving the Wests REE problem. Canadian Stans Energy Corp is just about to restart their massive REE refinery in Kyrgystan. This supplied 80% of REE needed for the USSRs thouands of nukes.

    That plant is 97% serviceable right now, is built right next to a REE mine, with massive reserves. Stans has a 25 years lease on that mine and also on a new find nearby.

    When that starts up, Lynas shares will crunch. Guess which I bought.

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