Thursday, May 30, 2019

Mahathir - Once bitten by A.R.E, Twice NOT shy with Lynas

MM Online - Dr M: Malaysia will allow Lynas plant to keep running (extracts)

KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 ― Malaysia will allow Lynas Corp to keep operating its rare earths plant in Gebeng, Pahang, according to a report by Reuters.
This comes after months of uncertainty over the company's operations here.

“We think we'll have to renew the licence,” Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was quoted as saying at a news conference in Tokyo, and that the government did not want to lose such a large investment.

Do you think he has consulted sweeties Ministers Yeo Bee Yin and Fuziah Salleh?

Wakakaka. I bet the two sweeties have been caught unguarded and are now tearing their lovely hair off because of Maddy chopping them off at their lovely ankles with the bizzare approval of Lynas' continuing operartions.

One month ago, I wrote that Sweetie Fuziah Salleh, the very person who has long put her effort, heart and soul into getting rid of Lynas, said:

Redzuan Md Yusof tidak perlu menyentuh isu Lynas kerana ia tiada kaitan dengan portfolionya sebagai menteri pembangunan usahawan.

“Saya kira biar menteri dan timbalan (menteri) tenaga, sains, teknologi, alam sekitar dan perubahan iklim yang jawab mengenai sisa buangan radioaktif Lynas.

“Kementerian Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri serta Lembaga Pembangunan Pelaburan Malaysia urus mengenai pelaburan. Tiada benda kaitan dengan menteri pembangunan usahawan.”

In other words, to cut it short, Sweetie Fuziah told Redzuan to STFU as removing radioactive waste from Lynas is in the domain of the Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister, namely, Sweetie Yeo, and has nothing to do with the Entrepreneur Development Ministry.

But what makes that fCk-er believe TaiKoe wants Lynas to stay on? Alas, it seems Minister Redzuan knows Mahathir better than Fuziah or we do.

If we recall, some 30 years ago (1979) when then-DPM Mahathir allowed Japan's Mitsubishi Chemicals to open a rare-earths refinery in the Malaysian village of Bukit Merah and Papan, whose residents were mainly Chinese Malaysians.

The facility was warmly embraced by Mahathir's old government (and cronies) as an advanced foreign investment that would help create jobs in Perak. But of course the old cunning musang did not have that plant situated in Kubang Pasu despite his public confidence it was safe.

Although the plant is gone today, alas, its toxic legacy persists. Yes, the plant has been abandoned, but the locals saw a rise in leukaemia, birth defects, infant deaths, congenital diseases, miscarriages and lead poisoning in the following years.

We couldn't do much about the Mahathir government's approval of Asia Rare Earth (ARE), but shouldn't their (Bukit Merah and Papan's) ill fate serve as a warning to Malaysia to stop the Lynas rare-earths plant in Pahang from continuing?

Papan residents strolling past a row of pre-war shop houses that are now mainly abandoned 

In 1985, the residents of Bukit Merah obtained an injunction to stop ARE from operating until it meets safety standards. But it wasn't until 1992 when ARE closed down the factory operations as a result of increasing public pressure that threatened to launch a global boycott on Mitsubishi products. Yes, it was Mitsubishi which closed the mine, not Mahathir.

And the Pribumi party minister Redzuan, yes, he might appear stupid, insensitive and callous to support Lynas, no doubt due to his high sense of bodek-ness, but he certainly knows the attitude of Mahathir who, as we have known him for years before, cared sh*t for workers, labourers and the proletariat.

The consequences of Lynas will besmirch his name long after his eventual death, just as the consequences of ARE has, though few remember Mahathir's cruel decision and attitude towards Bukit Merah's and Papan's cancer-afflicted residents.


  1. Let the question of toxicity and radioactivity be science-based , not politics based.

    1. as in Bkt Merah, or has your dedak driven you to protect Mahathir's every sins?

    2. Ah Mok is too far gone into hatred and cuckoo-land to carry out a fact-based or rational discussion of this.

      PH is not BN
      Asian Rare Earths was extracting yttrium , which is associated with Radioactive tin tailings in Perak.
      Lynas ore from Mount Weld is something totally different

      As I said, let the science speak, no matter where it leads.

  2. Rare earths is becoming the “weapon of choice” for China against US in the trade war. China controls 80% of global supply and US imports most of their requirement from China. Lynas is becoming a key cog in this trade war. Malaysia can benefit a lot from it, but provided the wastes are removed from Malaysia. The volume is simply too humongous, even if they were very low level toxicity and radioactivity.

    Beijing is gearing up to use its dominance of rare earths to hit back in its deepening trade war with Washington.

    A flurry of Chinese media reports on Wednesday, including an editorial in the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party, raised the prospect of Beijing cutting exports of the commodities that are critical in defense, energy, electronics and automobile sectors. The world’s biggest producer, China supplies about 80% of U.S. imports of rare earths, which are used in a host of applications from smartphones to electric vehicles and wind turbines.

    The threat to weaponize strategic materials ratchets up the tension between the world’s two biggest economies before an expected meeting between Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump at the G-20 meeting next month. It shows how China is weighing its options after the U.S. blacklisted Huawei Technologies Co., cutting off the supply of American components it needs to make its smartphones and networking gear.

    “China, as the dominant producer of rare earths, has shown in the past that it can use rare earths as a bargaining chip when it comes to multilateral negotiations,” said George Bauk, Chief Executive Officer of Northern Minerals Ltd., which is producing rare earth carbonate from a pilot-scale project in Western Australia.

    About 80% of U.S. rare earths supplies come from China

  3. I should correct myself.....Toonsie’s hatred for Jibby is matched only by KT’s hatred for Toonsie....ha ha ha.

    He attacks Toonsie for allowing Lynas factory to continue operating but does not curse the PM who allowed the plant to be built in the first place....?

  4. ww can now see how lks, yeo,fuziah n wt twist n spin.

  5. Wakakakakaka…

    Spot the differences!

    1) some 30 years ago (1979) when then-DPM Mahathir allowed Japan's Mitsubishi Chemicals to open a rare-earths refinery in the Malaysian village of Bukit Merah and Papan, whose residents were mainly Chinese Malaysians.

    2) Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was quoted as saying Malaysia will allow Lynas Corp to keep operating its rare earths plant in Gebeng, Pahang, at a news conference in Tokyo.
    Kuantan has a 66% melayu residents

    So whatever u have said about ARE in bukit merah ARE going to happen to those in gebeng, kuantan. Right?

    Mamak0.1 (DPM) bad for the Chinese M'sian in bukit merah.

    Mamak 2.0 (PM) bad for the melayu in gebeng.

    So, mamak IS only good for himself lah. All M'sians be damned as in yr tea leaves readings!

  6. many of Mahathir's dedak makaners seemed more interested in defending Mahathir rather than being worried about Lynas being allowed to operate. And Oz has said it WON'T accept the ore waste back

    We also know Tun Huseein was a lzme duck PM when Maddy then handled most of the biz policies, so why blame Tun Hussein for ARE when it behoved the PM of the later years to remove an evil source of radioactive material. T'was only Mitsubishi's worries of boycott that saw it remove its mines

    1. Wakakakakaka…

      "Tun Huseein was a lzme duck PM"!!!


      Let the readers judge that this shameless wordsmith is twisting history & personality to suit his udang.

      "The days when employees down tools are really over, the last being the dispute between Malaysia Airlines and its employees in the early 1980s.

      This kind of industrial action was the order of the day for many years in the 1970s and 1980s. When wage talks between the management of MAS and staff who were members of the Airline Employees Union (AEU) broke down, the union opted for industrial action, which had far-reaching consequences.

      The dispute generated a lot of bad press locally and internationally. MAS employees were members of the Airlines Employees Union, an industry-based union. When the wage dispute ended in a deadlock, the union leaders moved for industrial action to back their claims.

      Since the union was industry-based, union members from the other airlines joined the industrial action as a show of support and solidarity. This led to MAS aircraft not getting serviced when they landed overseas, an action which could have crippled the national flag carrier.

      Such actions met with drastic counter action from the government. The then prime minister Tun Hussein Onn went before Parliament to initiate action that finally led to the end of the dispute, which included deregistration of the AEU.

      Government intervention finally restored MAS services full-scale and brought back industrial harmony that has lasted till today. An in-house union was put in place; labour laws were amended and militant trade unionism was buried alive."