Yeo: My view on Lynas remains the same
Yeo Bee Yin (inset) today maintained her view that Lynas Corporation Ltd (Lynas Australia) must ship out radioactive wastes accumulated at its rare earth processing plant from Malaysia
By Adib Povera, Suganthi Suparmaniam
KUALA LUMPUR: Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin today maintained her view that Lynas Corporation Ltd (Lynas Australia) must ship out radioactive wastes accumulated at its rare earth processing plant from Malaysia.
Yeo said she shared with the Cabinet her views on the matter, which was also supported by ministers from DAP.
She added that renewal of the Australian rare earth producer’s permit for another six months, which was announced by Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) – a regulatory body under the ministry, was the final decision made by the Cabinet.
“My views on Lynas remain the same as what I have previously mentioned. I have conveyed my views to the Cabinet and was supported by DAP ministers.
“The one announced by AELB yesterday (Thursday) is the final decision made by the Cabinet. And we abide to the collective decision made by Cabinet,” she told reporters after the launch of Top Glove Corporation Bhd’s green product, BioGreen Biodegradable Nitrile Gloves.
The AELB announced on Thursday that Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd’s (Lynas Malaysia) operating license has been renewed for another six months. However, it said the company must comply with three conditions imposed by the government.
Basically, Sweetie Yeo has revealed that the anti Lynas faction in the cabinet have been from the DAP, meaning they are:
- Lim Guan Eng (Finance)
- Yeo Bee Yin (Energy, Science etc)
- Anthony Loke (Transport)
- Kula Segaran (Human Resources)
- Teresa Kok (Primary Industry)
- Gobind Singh (Comms & Media)
and various deputies.
Leaving aside Parti Pribumi and five (5) PKR Dwarfs, who would all have sucked up to Mahathir, and Waytha a senator who might not be able to vote on policies, what about:
- Wan Azizah (DPM & Women's)
- Saifuddin Nasution (Domestic Trade)
- Mat Sabu (Defence) plus 4 Amanah
Are these 6 pro Lynas?
I feel sorry for Sweetie Fuziah Salleh because as a deputy she has no say in the final decision-making.
That Mahathir got his way with Lynas proves the inaccuracy of the earlier news information that MOST of the cabinet ministers were anti Lynas.
And I feel sorrier for Sweetie Yeo because as Minister of the Environment she had demanded Lynas demonstrates its ability to ship out radioactive wastes accumulated at its rare earth processing plant from Malaysia before any approval would be given, but alas, Mahathir has the numbers.
In the cabinet the DAP has 6 ministers, Pribumi 6, PKR 7, Amanah 5, Warisan 3 and Hindraf 1 (Senator Waytha).
Pribumi + Dwarfs + Warisan = 14
DAP + Cats + Amanah = 13, assuming Amanah even supports DAP
Mahathir had been deviously prescient in having Azmin Ali and 4 of his Dwarfs appointed as full ministers whilst allowing only Wan Azizah and Saifuddin Nasution from the Cats faction.
That is assuming that even the Cats and Amanah support the DAP.
Mahathir has eff-ed Malaysia once again with his A.R.E Redux.
And a snapshot of some extracts from Yoursay in Malaysiakini:
Apalah: This anti-Lynas issue was part of the Pakatan Harapan’s election manifesto.
If Harapan under Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad reverses this stand and to the loud objections against Lynas after we experienced a similar environmental catastrophe at Bukit Merah, Perak, then we can only conclude that Harapan - together with PKR and DAP - has not lived up to their words.
Is Harapan playing into the hands of a self-implosion engineered by a dark force within the coalition’s corridors of power? Think, PKR; think, DAP. And then take corrective actions to counter this dark force.
Kangkung: It is time for DAP to leave Harapan even if it means Umno/PAS will come into power. DAP's dignity should be preserved. And forget about the Malay leaders from PKR and Amanah.
Lynas, khat, Zakir Naik and the rest are issues purposely engineered by Mahathir and Bersatu for political reasons.
Mahathir knows all these issues will destroy DAP and he is working to ensure Umno/PAS Malay support for him and his party.
Anonymous_63975706158502: Yes, DAP, please leave Harapan ruling coalition soonest before future generations curse you like how we curse MCA now.
Stick to your principles and we will continue to support you even if you are in opposition. Don’t be so power-crazy as it only brings you more hatred, especially with the way Mahathir is running the government.
Roger 5201: So much for righting his 22 years legacy of corruption, cronyism and nepotism. Mahathir has gone nuts in his drive to outdo Umno and PAS in destroying DAP.
Does he seriously believe this will see the ascension of his son, Mukhriz? Does the rakyat's interest, social harmony and well-being even count for anything anymore?
Ipoh PP: So many issues detrimental to the country. All because of one silly old stubborn man. DAP should consider quitting the government if these acts of sabotage to the party continues.
At least in this way, your voting base stays intact.
Caripasal: It is obvious Mahathir and his Bersatu have a different dream from DAP/PKR/Amanah despite sleeping in the same bed.
Harapan, like the previous Pakatan Rakyat, might suffer the same fate due to, once again, one particular racist party in the coalition.
It is time for DAP, PKR and Amanah to stand firm to protect their manifesto. It is time to offer strong support to DAP, PKR and Amanah to fight the racist.
It is time for us to show the trio the full support to fight the racist, like what we did after the split of Pakatan Rakyat. Do not give the racist any opportunity.
Jaya Janam: Give the ultimatum. Either he, Mahathir, toes the Harapan line or you leave the coalition.
Let him make a comeback again under an Umno/PAS/Bersatu alliance as he seems to have unfinished business before his time is up.