Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Lynas Debacle

From MM Online:

Wanted: Pahang exco says searching high and low for Pakatan MPs who opposed Lynas plant


A worker walks inside the Lynas factory compound in Gebeng
Reuters file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 — Pahang state executive councillor Datuk Seri Sharkar Shamsudin today welcomed Putrajaya’s decision to allow Lynas Corp’s rare earths plant in Gebeng, Pahang to operate.

Sharkar, who is Pahang Tourism, Environment, Plantations and Biotechnology Committee chairman also questioned why there have been no comments from Pakatan Harapan (PH) MPs who had previously opposed the plant, now that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had himself said operations will carry on as usual. 

He said Putrajaya’s decision to allow Lynas to continue to operate proves that there were no health threats as claimed by certain MPs, such as Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh and Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin.

“We welcome Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad decision to allow Lynas to operate. I congratulate him for having a professional view on this matter,” Sharkar told Malay Mail.

“But, where are the PH's MPs who opposed Lynas? Where are they going to put their faces now,” the Umno supreme council member asked.

Dr Mahathir today announced that Malaysia will allow Lynas Corp to keep operating its rare earths processing plant in Gebeng, Pahang. 

Dr Mahathir's announcement also breathes new life into the future of Lynas' US$800 million (RM3.35 billion) plant after Malaysia halted the process for renewing its licence because of waste disposal concerns.

Fuziah, who is also Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, has been vocal against Lynas, and has repeatedly stressed that the radioactive waste should not be allowed to be in Kuantan, as it was harmful to the environment and people’s health.

Minister Yeo previously had urged the management of Lynas to honour its commitment to remove its water leach purification (WLP) residue from Malaysia. 

Yeo had said that the increase in the amount of accumulated residue risk the surrounding communities and environment, as it is exposed to the threat of natural disasters such as major flooding.


  1. Why is the PM who allowed the waste in , in the first place, not being held accountable ?

    1. He was voted out.

      Now what happens to the PM who keeps the waste coming in?

    2. There is ZERO record of you and Ah Mok holding the then PM accountable when the Lynas plant was first approved to operate.

      The Lynas Pandora's Box, as Ah Mok should know, is not easy to close back once opened in the first place.

      But then Ah Mok is extremely elective in who he holds accountable. Driven by his hatreds.

    3. make up your bloody mind, whether I'm driven by hatred or money, wakakaka

    4. So "..extremely elective " means Najib do it then senyap, Mahathir do it then criticize.

      What do you call it when it's the reverse?

  2. hmmm mean all this while ph telling lies?

  3. All Toonsie said was the factory’s operating licence can be extended but he didn’t state the conditions, one of which the critics demanded was the complete removal of wastes. Let’s wait for clarification and not jump the gun. Toonsie always like to play play with the audience.

  4. KT's hatred for Toonsie knows no bound as he follows and trolls and selectively edit facts to put blame on the old's almost comical....let me twist it another way, to be fair...

    Fact 1: ARE Rare Earths was approved in 1979 when Hussein Onn was PM, but KT makes no mention of this but instead blames Toonsie who was DPM and Education Minister at that time. The Minister of Science, Technology and Environment at that time was Ong Kee Hui of why blame the Education Minister for ARE...?

    Fact 2: ARE was shut down in 1992, when Toonsie was PM, but KT credits this to Mitsubishi themselves voluntarily shutting down....

    Fact 3: Lynas plant was approved and started in Jibby's reign as PM but KT makes no mention of this but instead blames Toonsie for allowing the plant to continue operations, but the licensing conditions must still be met....but again KT makes no mention of this....

    But let's wait and see what transpires; what Toonsie said in front of potential foreign investors at the Nikkei Business Conference may be different than what he will say at home....he is an expert at playing the audience...and we all allow ourselves to be played by the wily 'ol fox..

  5. see how fast kt jump at every chance to whack maddy, he just can't conceal his hatred, minister yeo have said all along lynas will be allowed to operate when all conditions are met, you can stop jumping now kt, wait for the details

  6. So you see, even back in December 2018, we were already told that Lynas factory would be allowed to continue operations, provided they remove the why are we now jumping and screeching like wild chimpanzees when what Toonsie said was just re-stating this fact?

    Lynas must meet two conditions

    Wednesday, 5 Dec 2018

    PETALING JAYA: The Lynas rare earth ­refinery in Gebeng, Kuantan, will be allowed to continue operating provided it removes and disposes its processing by-products from the country, particularly the controversial water leach purification residue.

    The Environment, Science, Tech­nology and Climate Change Minis­try, which announced the decision, said the government will allow Lynas to renew its future licence and permission if the company complies with two pre-­conditions for the management of its wastes.

    “The ministry is concerned with the increasing risk arising from the continued accumulation of residue without a viable solution to manage the accumulation in the near term,” it said.

    It said Lynas must remove the accumulated 451,564 metric tonnes of “water leach purification residue” (WLP), which contains radioactive materials, from Malaysia.

    Secondly, Lynas must submit an action plan on the disposal of its non-­­radioactive “neutralisation un­­derflow residue” (NUF) scheduled waste totalling 1.113 million ­metric tonnes.

    The ministry said the action plan must be submitted before it will be considered for future applications under the Environmental Quality Re­­gulations (Scheduled Waste) 2005.

    Lynas’ current permission to store the NUF onsite is valid until Feb 15 next year.

    The full operating stage licence for the Australian rare earth miner, which started operating amid protests in 2012, will expire next September.

    “The ministry is confident that this decision will ensure the well-being of the community and the environment,” it said.

    The executive committee report on the operations of the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant recommended that an independent research and development committee be set up to coordinate, evaluate, manage and moni­tor further research to ensure it is free from any conflict of interest on the part of Lynas.

    On public engagement, the committee ­recommended that Lynas arrange a more effective communication strategy to tackle the issue of conflict regarding risks.

    It said the executive committee found that a high technology industry that uses naturally occurring radioactive material can grow ­rapidly in the future.

    “Thus, the committee suggests the government look into the industry’s growth holistically to create a suitable ecosystem that meets the latest international standards,” it said.

    Lynas opponents welcomed the ministry’s directive.

    Kuantan PKR MP Fuziah Salleh is relieved that Lynas must remove its “hazardous waste” from Malaysia.

    “A responsible corporation would have ensured a realistic and safe disposal mechanism of its waste before commencing its operations,” she said in a statement yesterday.

    Fuziah, who is Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said Lynas had persistently refused to acknowledge that its waste was hazardous.

    Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas chairman Tan Bun Teet is relieved that the WLP waste will no longer be part of the recycling effort.

    “We were initially worried that the radio­active material will be dispersed all over the country if the WLP is mixed with the NUF residue to be recycled,” he said.

  7. 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. Pandora's Box already opened six years ago.
      How to close it back without seriously damaging Malaysia's credibility for rules-based foreign investment is now a challenge.

    2. The Amazing mind of Ah Mok !

      All the Malaysian Prime Ministers before and after Mahathir were lame ducks, cannot be held accountable for their actions and decisions.

  8. As usual it is the Harapan ministers who have to clean up the rubbish left behind by BN, in the case of Lynas it is literally rubbish. Yeo Bee Yin will leave for Oz for talks with the new Oz counterpart, once he/she is named in the new government.

    The previous statement that Oz will not be taking back waste from overseas was made by a junior state minister of mines for Western Australia Bill Johnson, not the Federal Minister in charge of the Environment, the person Yeo Bee Yin should be meeting.

    Australia does have many off shore territories to store waste, and has been using them to “store” unwanted refugees like Christmas Island, Manus, Nauru.....ha ha ha.

    And while she is there Yeo should also bring some plastic waste that Australians have been sending to Malaysia as exposed by 60 minutes Australia.

    Rather than hounding and blaming Toonsie who is working very hard at 93 years of age, KT should help fellow Malaysians by campaigning for his Oz government to take back all Australian waste and stick it up their down under.

    P/S just to emphasise how stupid the BN/Jibby government was...they granted Lynas 20 years tax free credit, for them to dump radioactive waste by the hundreds of millions of tonnes...and the strange thing is the Pahang Exco said this was a good deal....for a hundred or so jobs. But a contract is a contract, and just like the stupid ECRL contract we have to manage Lynas the best we can....

    1. Sorry typo for link.

    2. And it is 12 years tax free credit