Anti-Lynas Protests continue…

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NEXT YEAR’S FOCUS: CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT!

“After this, Lynas will not be our focus anymore. But to destroy the threat, we must look hard to prevent further corruption and abuse of power,” Himpunan Hijau chairman Wong Tack told The Malaysian Insider yesterday.

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Himpunan Hijau makes good on its promise to focus on a change of government.

Malaysiakini

Himpunan Hijau aims to oust BN in ‘Pahang Green Belt’

Environmental group Himpunan Hijau has decided to throw its weight behind Pakatan Rakyat in the coming general election, vowing to see BN off in six parliamentary seats it is calling the ‘Pahang Green Belt’.

The group’s advisor Wong Chin Huat (left) said while the ‘Pahang Green Belt’ covers eight parliament constituencies and 23 state assembly seats, Himpunan Hijau will campaign in support of opposition candidates being fielded in Kuantan, Indera Mahkota, Temerloh, Raub, Cameron Highlands and Bentong.

These seats accords for 5.4 percent of the 112 seats needed to enable the opposition coalition to assume the federal government.

Meanwhile, in announcing the Himpunan Hijau’s foray into the political arena, its president Wong Tack said the group was doing this to ensure a government that respects its people.

Himpunan Hijau aims to oust BN in ‘Pahang Green Belt’

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Malaysiakini

Expert: Lynas’ waste recycling plan ‘nonsense’

Lynas’ plans to recycle the wastes from its rare earths refining processes “nonsense” and not feasible, according a researcher from the Germany-based think tank Oeko Institute.

The institute’s senior researcher and engineer Gerhard Schmidt said that even if the Lynas Advanced Material Plant (Lamp) dilutes its water leach purification (WLP) waste stream down to  one part per hundred, its resulting radiation is still far above limits that are considered “beyond regulatory concern”.

“Any hopes that any waste might be reused is scientifically and technically nonsense, and should not be followed anymore,” he said during a teleconference from Darmstadt, Germany today.

He was speaking at the launch of his report on Lamp in Kuala Lumpur today, funded by the NGO Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL)

Malaysiakini has already contacted Lynas Corporation for comment on the report and is awaiting its response.

Expert: Lynas’ waste recycling plan ‘nonsense’

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Malaysiakini

Himpunan Hijau shears credit cards in HSBC protest

Himpunan Hijau today held a protest in front HSBC Malaysia’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, pressuring the bank to come clean over its business relationship with the Australian rare earths company Lynas Corporation.

Its chairperson Wong Tack led the protest with fifteen member of the anti-Lynas group, all dressed in the iconic green T-shirts.

NONEIn a protest gesture, Wong Tack and steering committee member Lee Chin Chen sheared a credit card each with a pair of scissors, urging the public to “cut business ties” with the bank.

They allege that the bank is doing busines with the company that is operating the controversial Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp) in Gebeng, Kuantan, that has raised environmental concerns.

The bank’s head of communication and corporate sustainability Marlene Kaur however refused to comment on the protest.

“We have no comment on client issues,” she told Malaysiakini after the protest.

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CUT THE CARD demo in front of head office HSBC Bank, KL!Today 25/1, 2:30PM
A group of HSBC clients close their accounts with the bank& cut their HSBC credit cards!“This action is taken because we want to make it very clear that no company can escape from being exposed as a partner of a destructive business like Lynas,” said Wong Tack.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-01/an-malaysia-convoy-protests-lynas-plant/4449328?section=business

Malaysia convoy protests Lynas rare earths plant
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Hundreds of cars have driven across Malaysia in the latest show of protest against a controversial Australian rare earths plant. The Lynas corp plant began operations last month after a delay of more than a year due to strong opposition from local

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NEW YEAR’S DAY 2013
PROTEST AT THE LYNAS PLANT IS OVER

Malaysiakini

Himpunan Hijau rally at Lynas’ doorstep

Protestors against Lynas rare earth refinery staged a noisy New Year Eve’s protest some 50m away from the gates of the facility this evening.

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The protest was the highlight of a 300 car convoy from Kuala Lumpur to Gebeng, Pahang in a bid to pressure the federal government to bar the refinery from operating.

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Pak Samad: Tell your grandchildren of this day

Addressing the crowd, Wong Tack urged people to continue the struggle against Lynas into next year.

“We must continue to work hard, we are talking about a revolution,” he said.

himpunan hijau convoy anti lynas drive 311212However, the star of the night was national laureate A Samad Said who took to the stage ten minutes before midnight.

The crowd, armed with umbrella in one hand and a lit candle in another fell silent as the 80-year-old poet spoke.

“After this night, if our grandchildren were to ask us about this, we can tell them, on the night of Dec 31, 2012, we were at this place that threatened the future.

“That your grandfather and fellow comrades was prepared to oppose this danger,” he said,” before reciting a poem for the protest entitled “Tanah yang terdera” (Tormented land) into midnight.

After a shout of “Happy New Year”, the crowd dispersed peacefully.

Himpunan Hijau rally at Lynas’ doorstep

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THE HUNGER PROTEST HAS ENDED!

NEW YEAR’S DAY 2013

TUESDAY, 12.50am

Sudah mencapai 100jam. Mereka sudah mula minum minuman yogurt dan bersedia untuk berdoa bersama. Terima kasih pahlawan2 hijau.100小时了,绝食者开始复食。谢谢各位勇士和绝食者。

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AT THE DOORSTEP OF THE LYNAS PLANT
It’s happening NOW!

NEW YEAR’S EVE, 11.05pm

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Malaysiakini

Himpunan Hijau rally at Lynas’ doorstep

Protestors against Lynas’ rare earth refinery staged a noisy New Year Eve’s protest some 50m away from the gates of the facility this evening.

himpunan hijau convoy anti lynas drive 311212The protest was the highlight of a 300 car convoy from Kuala Lumpur to Gebeng, Pahang in a bid to pressure the federal government to bar the refinery from operating.

Initially, the group, estimated at 1,000 people, were suppose to converge in nearby Balok for a ceramah. However, an ad hoc decision was made to rally at Lynas’ doorstep instead.

When the convoy reached the refinery at about 8.30pm, they were met by a 40 police personnel who formed a wall some 100m from the gates of the facility.

A heated exchange took place between Kuantan district deputy police chief Aziz Ahmad and protest leader Wong Tack under the rain.

“Your voice is already heard, there is no point to go any nearer,” Aziz was heard telling Wong.

“We are not challenging anyone, we are not challenging our own Malaysian people or the police, we want to challenge Lynas,” replied Wong.

About 15 minutes of arguments later, the police relented and set up a new line some 50m from the refinery’s gates, allowing the protesters to gain some ground. himpunan hijau convoy anti lynas drive 311212 wong tack

Following this, Wong thanked the police and ordered protesters to remain claim, not to damage public property and treat the police with respect.

Wong Tack then thanked the police and advise protesters to remain calm and not damage any public property or insult the police.

Himpunan Hijau rally at Lynas’ doorstep

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NEXT YEAR’S FOCUS: CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT!

“After this, Lynas will not be our focus anymore. But to destroy the threat, we must look hard to prevent further corruption and abuse of power,” Himpunan Hijau chairman Wong Tack told The Malaysian Insider yesterday.

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Around 10,000 cars and motorcycles are expected to turn up today for the Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan Anti-Lynas Protest Drive.

The protest will start at the PAS headquarters in Taman Melawar, Gombak at 8am, and arrive two hours later at the PAS office in Chegar Mendang, Bentong.

They will later move to Gebeng and camp out at the Himpunan Hijau anti-Lynas blockade base camp in Balok for a final rally before counting down the new year.

Names expected to speak tonight include national laureate and Bersih leader Datuk A. Samad Said, activist Hishamuddin Rais, PAS information chief Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) chairman Badrul Hisham Shahrin, popularly known as Che’gu Bard.

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Anti-Lynas group turns attention to ‘regime change’

UPDATED @ 12:04:40 PM 31-12-2012
By Zurairi AR
December 31, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 31 — Environmental group Himpunan Hijau says “bringing down the regime” will be its focus next year as it started this morning a protest drive convoy from Gombak here to Gebeng, Pahang to mark its last public offensive of the year against the controversial Lynas rare earth plant in Gebeng.

The convoy will converge at its base camp in Balok tonight as a display of strength and to usher in the new year, which it hopes will bring in positive change to its fight against what it sees as a “symbol of corruption”.

“After this, Lynas will not be our focus anymore. But to destroy the threat, we must look hard to prevent further corruption and abuse of power,” Himpunan Hijau chairman Wong Tack told The Malaysian Insider yesterday.

Their convoy was preceded by a 13-day march from Kuantan to Dataran Merdeka here last month involving around 200 members, and a 100-hour hunger strike by an affiliate group Malaysian Youth Against Public Hazards.

Anti-Lynas group turns attention to ‘regime change’

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Malaysiakini

Green activists take a bite at Pahang MB’s ‘ear’

Himpunan Hijau activists today had a go at Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob’s ear, after the MB famously declared he would cut off his ears should BN lose in Bentong in the coming GE because of the controversial Lynas plant.

NONEHitting the bustling streets of Bentong this morning, activists distributed ear-shaped biscuits labelled ‘Biskut Telinga Cap Adnan’ (Adnan’s brand ear biscuits) to the locals.

“We are dissatisfied with Adnan’s remarks, which belittled the people’s concerns about Lynas.

We wan to create awareness here so the local people will help to really make Adnan cut off his own ears (by causing his electoral defeat),” said 56-year-old Himpunan Hijau activists Chen Sit Yong who helped with the distribution.

The biscuit distribution today was in conjunction with Himpunan Hijau’s 300km KL to Kuantan drive, which will culminate in a rally near the Lynas plant in Gebeng, Kuantan tonight.

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SUNDAY, 30 DECEMBER 2012

THE HUNGER STRIKERS: GOING BALD

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Dataran Hunger strikers go bald

Activist on a hunger strike at Dataran Merdeka against environmental degradation today shaved their heads to further drive their point.

Tan Woei Tian, the spokesperson for Malaysian Youth Against Public Hazards who organised the hunger strike, said one women were among the 11 people who went bald.

himpunan hijau hunger strike shave hair 301212 1“It symbolises people returning to the righteous path and starting a new life in conjunction with the New Year,” he said.

The one-hour balding ceremony was held at a park beside Dataran Merdeka and near the Kuala Lumpur City Hall headquarters at 2pm.

A Buddhist monk was invited to cut their hair before they were completely shaved by three hair dressers.

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Inilah wajah baru base camp. Kami akan pasang kanopi walau apa pun.

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China Press hariini. Beratus orang mengawal Basecamp Taman Balok Makmur, 30 buah kereta mengepung . Marilah menyertai Konvoi 31/12 Dari Kuala Lumpur ke Kuantan untuk memberi sokongan.

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Tents now serve as Himpunan Hijau HQ

Himpunan Hijau has set up tents near its base camp site in Balok, Pahang which was sealed off by the authorities yesterday.

“They may have sealed off the containers but we are in the process of constructing two 20 by 20 feet tents at the adjacent land.

“Whatever happens, we will use this site for our event tomorrow,” said the movement’s base camp commander Rafar Ahmad.

Tents now serve as Himpunan Hijau HQ

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LATEST ON THE HUNGER STRIKE

SUNDAY, 30 DECEMBER 2012

11.30AM

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At Dataran Merdeka.

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YB欧洋捍华和YB陈国伟前来支援和关心绝食者。
YB Ean Yang Han Wah dan YB Tan Kok Wai juga datang melawat pemogok lapar. — at Dataran Merdeka.

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Saturday, 29 December 2012
11.40pm

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YB Hee Loy Sian datang melawat dan memahami keadaan pemogok lapar.
YB 许来贤前来关心绝食者。

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Dataran Merdeka, sekumpulan Rakyat Malaysia sudah mogok lapar 48 Jam lebih, pada masa yang sama, sekumpulan Rakyat pula sedang seronok dlm satu karnival parti yang disediakan ikut nama 1Msia. Inilah masalah Malaysia sebenarnya, anda sekarang berada di aktiviti yang mana?

独立广场,有一群人在绝食已经超过48小时了。同一时刻,有另一群人在一马的名义下主办的开心派对。这就是马来西亚真正的问题,你现在是在哪个活动?

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“We are here to just to raise awareness. Of course we can’t change anything… Even if 100,000 people protest on the streets, we can’t stop them.

“But we can raise awareness, vote for the opposition and stop Lynas through political means.”

Malaysiakini

‘We can’t stop Lynas, but we can spread the word’

The aim of the hunger strike against the Lynas Advanced Material Plant (Lamp) is to raise awareness, not stop it outright, according to a participant.

Lynas hunger strike“Many people don’t care, including the friend who just called me,” said Chow Wai Sen (right) when met near Dataran Merdeka today.

“They just work, make money, have no time, and say, ‘It is useless. The factory has even started production. You can’t do anything’.

‘We can’t stop Lynas, but we can spread the word’

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Gov’t seals off anti-Lynas blockade containers

The authorities have sealed off Himpunan Hijau’s two containers used as their blockade command centre in Kuantan as the government’s 48-hour ultimatum for them to clear out lapsed today.

According to Rafar Ahmad, commander of the centre, the containers were sealed by the Kuantan Lands and Mines Department with red and white tape.

NONEThis was followed by a half-an-hour negotiation led by Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh, Himpunan Hijau steering committee member Phua Kia Yaw and Rafar with an official claiming to be from the Pahang government.

“They just sealed (the containers) but didn’t move or dismantle them,” said Rafar when contacted by Malaysiakini, adding that they were then asked to leave the premises.

Gov’t seals off anti-Lynas blockade containers

Saturday, 29 December 2012
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YB Fuziah Salleh ”Kamu boleh kunci harta rakyat, tetapi hati rakyat kamu tak boleh kunci!”

YB Fuziah Salleh “You can lock people’s assets, but you can’t lock people’s heart!”

关丹国会议员傅芝雅: “你可以锁上人民的财产,但是你无法锁住人民的心!”

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“Salam 1Malaysia. Tuan, kontena milik rakyat dan himpunan hijau telah disita. Skrg syarikat asing LYNAS ini sudah boleh menjalankan operasi ini dgn SELAMAT sekali. Sisa radioaktif pun boleh buang seweneng2 dkt sini sahaja! kakakaka….”

“Salam 1Malaysia。报告上头,那班绿色粉肠的两个货柜已经被充公,现在莱纳斯可以安全地开业,辐射废料也尽情丢在这里吧!”

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Disita!!!!!

“kononnya arahan dari langit…pihak berkuasa menyita kabin camp kumpulan hijau di gebeng skrg…namun mereka gagal utk robohkan camp tersebut….”

据说是来自“天空之上”的命令,绿色盛会基地的2个货柜被充公!天理何在!!!!!

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Pihak berkuasa menyita kabin Blockade

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Komando Rafar Ahmad, “byk premis yg tidak berlesen gagal diambil tindakan oleh pihak berkuasa termasuk premis judi dan maksiat….mengapa camp ini menjadi sasaran mereka?”

rundingan masih diteruskan oleh Ahli Parlimen Kuantan YB Fuziah…

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Pertahankan camp kumpulan hijau dari dirobohkan oleh penguatkuasa….ahli parlimen kuantan yb fuziah salleh cuba mengadakan rundingan dgn pihak berkuasa….

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POLICE REACHED BASE CAMP!
WE ARE READY TO PROTEST!

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Saturday, 29 December 2012
4.00pm

We are the Anti-Lynas Kuantan Residents ( HH Base Camp, 3:51 pm, 29/12/12). — at Hunger Protest 100: Say NO to Public Hazards | Protes Lapar 100: Tolak Ancaman Alam | 绝食 100:跨年祈愿反公害.

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The Police and the Green Protestors at the camp (3:05 pm, 29/12/12). — at Hunger Protest 100: Say NO to Public Hazards | Protes Lapar 100: Tolak Ancaman Alam | 绝食 100:跨年祈愿反公害.

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The Negotiation (3:17 pm, 29/12/12). — at Hunger Protest 100: Say NO to Public Hazards | Protes Lapar 100: Tolak Ancaman Alam | 绝食 100:跨年祈愿反公害

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The arrival of YB Fauziah at the camp (2:50 pm, 29/12/12). — at Hunger Protest 100: Say NO to Public Hazards | Protes Lapar 100: Tolak Ancaman Alam | 绝食 100:跨年祈愿反公害.

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The Anti-Lynas Malay supporters at the HH Base Camp (2:40 pm, 29/12/12). — at Hunger Protest 100: Say NO to Public Hazards | Protes Lapar 100: Tolak Ancaman Alam | 绝食 100:跨年祈愿反公害

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Arrival of 2 patrol cars at HH Base Camp (2:26 pm, 28/12/12). — at Hunger Protest 100: Say NO to Public Hazards | Protes Lapar 100: Tolak Ancaman Alam | 绝食 100:跨年祈愿反公害.

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HH Base Camp, Balok Makmur (2:15 pm, 28/12/12). — at Hunger Protest 100: Say NO to Public Hazards | Protes Lapar 100: Tolak Ancaman Alam | 绝食 100:跨年祈愿反公害.

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Himpunan Hijau have placed two 10 feet by 20 feet containers on a three-acre plot of land in Balok last week, as its command centre for the anti-Lynas campaign.

They have been ordered to dismantle the blockade command centre!

Eight officers from the Kuantan Lands and Mines Department department served the order at 12.30pm on Thursday.

Malaysiakini

NGO says no to dismantling anti-Lynas command centre

Anti-Lynas group Himpunan Hijau has refused to dismantle its blockade command centre at Balok, Kuantan, despite the authorities serving a notice on them yesterday ordering them to do so within 48 hours.

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Instead, the group will await the arrival of the officers from the Kuantan Lands and Mines Department tomorrow, to seek extension to the order.

“We will discuss with them and will ask for an extension”, said Rafar Ahmad, commander of the centre when contacted by Malaysiakini today.

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Thursday, 28 December 2012
10.45pm

{{{ Perobohan dijadualkan oleh penguasa zalim.
Kami perlukan sokongan anda dengan menghadirkan diri di Taman Balok Makmur 10 pagi esok(29/12). }}}[Pejabat Tanah Kuantan mengisukan notis kepada Himpunan Hijau supaya merobohkan tapak blockade meraka yang terletak di Taman Balok Makmur dalam masa 48 jam.]Komander tapak berikut Rafar Ahmad berkata, seramai 8 pegawai dari Pejabat Tanah datang ke tapak berikut pada pukul 12.30 petang hari ini dan menyoal tujuan, dan maklumat lanjut mengenai tapak berikut.Beliau berkata, notis yang diserahkan meminta Himpunan Hijau merobohkan tapak mereka dibawah seksyen 425<Kanun Tanah Negara>.”Mereka bercakap dan bertingkahlaku sopan, kami tidak akan merobohkan tapak ini,dan akan menunggu tindakan selanjut mereka sebelum membuat keputusan yang sewajarnya.”Dia memberitahu bahawa pegawai tersebut mendirikan sebuah notis amaran di hadapan tapak mereka.
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[土地局8執法員到訪發通告‧限時“綠色盛會"拆基地](彭亨‧關丹27日訊)“綠色盛會"於關丹巴洛馬慕花園(Taman Balok Makmur)設立“反萊納斯人牆基地"進入第五天,關丹縣土地局今午派出8名執法人員到訪並發出通告,限他們在48小時內拆除基地上所有建築並撤離。“反萊納斯人牆基地"營長拉法阿末(42歲)受詢時向星洲日報披露,土地局8名官員是今午12時30分來到基地,禮貌地詢問有關基地的設立及目的等詳情,然後再遞上通告,援引國家土地法典425條文,要求他們拆除基地。
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Free Malaysia Today

Fasting protesters sleep under the stars

K Pragalath | December 28, 2012

They want to prevent harassment by City Hall, which disallows tents.

KUALA LUMPUR: Anti-Lynas youth activists protesting at Dataran Merdeka spent their first night there sleeping under the stars to avoid being booked under City Hall by-laws.

Setting up tents might have invited City Hall’s enforcement officers, said Moree Ngai, an organising member of Malaysian Youth Against Public Hazards (MYAP).

She said she and her 23 colleagues would continue their 100-hour hunger strike at the iconic square without protection from the elements.

Earlier this year, students protesting for free education were detained under a City Hall by-law that does not allow tents at Dataran Merdeka.

“We sleep on mats, without tents, under the sky,” Ngai said.

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Malaysiakini

Hunger strikers draw inspiration from Mat Kilau

Eighteen people, including four children, have begun their hunger strike at Dataran Merdeka last night, aimed at creating public awareness on several major environmental issues.

The group began their fast at 8pm last night and will consume only water until the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day.
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ersih 2.0 steering committee member Wong Chin Huat, who was delivering a lecture to a group of 50 supporters at Dataran Merdeka last night, said the youth of today will adopt the spirit shown by famous Pahang anti-colonialist warrior Mat Kilau.

“If Mat Kilau were still alive today, wouldn’t he be here with us? If the government doesn’t listen to us, we are still victims of colonialism,” he said.

Among those who were on hunger strike, the ones who drew the most attention were four children aged between 10 and 17.

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The hunger strike is called Hunger Protest 100. The 100 refers to the number of hours that the hunger strike would be held. The protest, which begins at 8pm, would end on the stroke of midnight on Jan 1, 2013.

Free Malaysia Today

Hazardous projects hunger strike tonight

K Pragalath | December 27, 2012

A pro-environment group has identified five projects and will launch a 100-hour hunger strike to register their protest.

PETALING JAYA: A pro-environment group called Malaysian Youth Against Public Hazards (MYAP) is organising a hunger strike tonight at Dataran Merdeka to raise awareness against hazardous projects.

The group had identified five projects – Lynas Rare Earth Plant, Bukit Koman Cyanide Gold Mining, Pengerang Oil Refinery, Sarawak Mega Dams project and the Rawang High Tension Cable.

However, MYAP’s two immediate demands were focused on Lynas.

They are demanding for an end to Lynas’ temporary operating license (TOL) since there is data to show risk to public health and environment whereas their second demand is for a proper Detailed Environment Impact Assessment (DEIA) to be done and made public before a TOL is issued.

Hazardous projects hunger strike tonight

Dec 28, 2012: 100-hour hunger strike by youths from the ‘Kill the Bill’ group.

Greens to go hungry at Dataran
1:33PM Dec 25, 2012

Eighteen people will be holding a 100 hour fast beginning 8pm this Thursday as a form of protest over several environmental and community issues.

Event organisers Malaysian Youth Against Public Hazards said the hunger strike will cease at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day.

Greens to go hungry at Dataran

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The two are being investigated under Sections 186 and 189 of the Penal Code for obstructing a public servant in the discharge of public functions and for threatening injury to a public servant.

Malaysiakini

Aunty Mei to know fate in two weeks’ time

The police have yet to decide whether to press charge against the septuagenarian who had a round of vulgar exchanges with Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob two weeks ago, which saw the state leader attempt to pacify her with a cash offer.

himpunan hijau green walk aunty meiTuw Yin Lan (left), who is 71 and popularly known as Aunty Mei, reported back to the Kuantan police district headquarters this morning with her friend Wong Chun Yuan.

Wong was arrested together with Tuw on Dec 12 when he tried to stop the senior citizen from charging at Adnan.

“The police said they have not submitted the investigation report to the Attorney-General’s Chamber. They wanted us to report back after two weeks on Jan 9 to know whether we will be charged or not,” said Wong when contacted today.

The police also requested him to have his statement recorded again because the first statement recorded on Dec 12 has gone missing.

Aunty Mei to know fate in two weeks’ time

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The protest today was to put pressure on HSBC to cease its dealings with Lynas. Himpunan Hijau will be working with international NGOs as well to put pressure on companies dealing with Lynas.

Malaysiakini

Anti-Lynas activist takes aim at bank

Himpunan Hijau activists today held a demonstration in Kuantan against a major international bank over its involvement with Australia’s Lynas Corporation.

Their target was the HSBC branch at Jalan Mahkota. Protestors claim that the bank was financing Lynas and was thus contributing to environmental degredation.

NONEAttempts were made to contact HSBC’s public relations personnel for comments, but it is believed that the department was on leave today.

About 50 protestors took part in the event, dubbed the Black Christmas gathering complete with a black Christmas tree.

They gathered at about 2.30pm for the 25-minute protest in the rain.

Anti-Lynas activist takes aim at bank

HIMPUNAN HIJAU

Event: Black Xmas @ HSBC (Jln Mahkota, Kuantan), 2pm.

Dec 25, 2012

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Salam 1Malaysia, and be prepared for Black Christmas

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Dear green comrades,
Black Xmas @ HSBC (Jln Mahkota, Kuantan) is ON today, 25Dec 2pm.
Pressure the businesses that supports Lynas!
Let’s all put in our best efforts during this critical week to show that nothing can stop the people’s power!
Spread the words, bring friends & families!
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所有綠衣戰士,今天(圣誕節)下午2點我們將在HSBC展開黑色圣誕活動,向任何支持萊納斯的企業施壓,同時為31日的萬車堵廠活動造勢,請號召更多人一起来響應!
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Kpd Pejuang Hijau, kita akan mulakan Bantahan terhadap organisasi yg menyokong Lynas pd 2pm (25hb) bertempat di HSBC (Jln Mahkota, Kuantan)!
Sebarkan! Dtg ramai2 utk menyokong!

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1. Dec 25, 2012: Celebration of the first-month anniversary of the Green March from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur.

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2. Dec 28, 2012: 100-hour hunger strike by youths from the ‘Kill the Bill’ group.

Greens to go hungry at Dataran
1:33PM Dec 25, 2012

Eighteen people will be holding a 100 hour fast beginning 8pm this Thursday as a form of protest over several environmental and community issues.

Event organisers Malaysian Youth Against Public Hazards said the hunger strike will cease at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day.

Greens to go hungry at Dataran

3. Dec 31, 2012: Convoy from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan, retracing the route of the Green March in reverse.

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4. Dec 31, 2012: Stop at Bentong to hold an ‘ear-cutting ceremony’.

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5. New Year’s Eve: Mega ceramah in Kuantan from midnight till dawn.

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Sesi perasmian Base Camp kami di Gebeng (Balok Makmur).
Tarikh: 23hb Disember 2012
Masa: 5ptg
Semua dijemput hadir!

Malaysiakini

Lynas blockade command centre launched

Anti-Lynas group Himpunan Hijau will today kick off its new command centre that is expected to serve as a launchpad for future blockade action against the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp).

When contacted, Himpunan Hijau steering committee member Dr Phua Kia Yaw said the base camp  comprising of two 10 feet by 20 feet containers on a three-acre plot of land in Balok was completed in a mere 24 hours.

“It is very strategically placed, it is by one of the main roads leading into the Gebeng industrial area (where the Lamp is located).

“We will see when is their next shipment of ore, then we will plan accordingly,” he said.

He added that the base camp will also function as a planning and execution base for the movement’s activities, as well as a centre to dissemination information to rural folk.

Lynas blockade command centre to launch today

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KL TO KUANTAN ANTI-LYNAS PROTEST DRIVE
if you have missed the Green Walk, Don’t miss the Green Drive !Protest Drive Program :
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KL to Gebeng protest convoy to descend on Lynas’s doorstep

Harakahdaily, 20 December 2012

Dec 20: Himpunan Hijau, the coalition spearheading the public opposition on rare-earth company Lynas, will be organising its latest protest against the Australian firm, this time in the form of thousands of vehicles which will swarm its controversial plant in Gebeng on December 31.

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Hunger Protest 100: Say NO to Public Hazards | Protes Lapar 100: Tolak Ancaman Alam | 绝食 100:跨年祈愿反公害)

Hunger Protest 100: Say NO to Public Hazards | Protes Lapar 100: Tolak Ancaman Alam | 绝食 100:跨年祈愿反公害)

December 27 at 8:00pm until January 1 at 12:00am in UTC+08

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The protest drive is slated to start from Gombak at 8am on Dec 31 and reach Gebeng at 5pm.

Malaysiakini

Thousands expected at another anti-Lynas protest

Thousands of cars are expected to swarm the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp) in Gebeng on New Year’ Eve as Himpunan Hijau mounts a 300km drive for the environment, the movement announced today.

Just like the march from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur last month, Himpunan Hijau chairperson Wong Tack expects the crowd from Kuala Lumpur to start small and grow in size as it reaches its destination, Gebeng.

The gathering is expected to start off from from Kuala Lumpur with one or two thousand cars and motorcycles, Wong said.

It is excepted that when they reach Kuantan in the afternoon, thousands more vehicles would have joined in for the journey to the Lynas plant in the evening, he told a press conference today.

Thousands expected at another anti-Lynas protest

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Malaysian Insider

Environmentalists to hold demonstration, hunger strike against Lynas

By Mohd Farhan Darwis
December 20, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR,

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 20 – Environmentalist groups plan to hold demonstrations through a protest drive and hunger strike to protest against the construction of rare earth plant, Lynas Corp Sdn Bhd.

Anti-Lynas group Himpunan Hijau plans to drive from Kuala Lumpur to the Australian-company owned plant in Gebeng, Kuantan, as part of their intensive 100-day campaign to stop the plant from operating.
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10,000 cars and motorcycles are expected to turn up on 31st December for the KL to Kuantan Anti-Lynas Protest Drive.

The protest will start at the PAS headquarters in Taman Melawar, Gombak at 8am, and arrive two hours later at the PAS headquarters in Chegar Mendang, Bentong.

Once there, speeches will be given by representatives for environmental community groups and prominent political leaders.

They will later move to Gebeng and camp out at the Himpunan Hijau anti-Lynas Blockade base camp in Balok.
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Meanwhile, Malaysian Youth Against Public Hazards plan to stage a hunger strike for 100 hours at Dataran Merdeka from December 27 to January 1.
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Those who wish to join the hunger strike can do so through their Facebook group: Hunger Protest 100: Say No to Public Hazard: Protes Lapar Tolak Ancaman Alam.

Environmentalists to hold demonstration, hunger strike against Lynas

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Malaysian Youth Against Public Hazards will fast for 100 hours at Dataran Merdeka in support of Himpunan Hijau’s Green Drive convoy.

Free Malaysia Today

Anti-Lynas youths to stage hunger strike

Alyaa Azhar | December 20, 2012

They will fast for 100 hours at Dataran Merdeka in support of Himpunan Hijau’s Green Drive convoy.

PETALING JAYA: A group of young Malaysians will go on a 100-hour hunger strike next Thursday as a prelude to Himpunan Hijau’s “Green Drive” from Kuala Lumpur to Gebeng against the Lynas rare earth plant.

The hunger strikers, calling themselves Malaysian Youth Against Public Hazards, will camp at Dataran Merdeka during their fast. Currently, there are 20 of them, but a spokesman said he expected the number to swell by Dec 27. They are mostly teenagers, the youngest being 14 year-old.

Anti-Lynas youths to stage hunger strike

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Karamoskas, who specialises in the health effects of radiation, pointed out that this method has never been used with materials with a WLP reading of 6Bq, and it is extremely unlikely to be a long-term solution from a safety or economic point of view.

Malaysiakini

Radiologist sows doubt over Lynas recycling plan
8:08AM Dec 20, 2012

Despite repeated boasts by Lynas that wastes from its rare earths refinery in Gebeng, Pahang, can be recycled into commercially safe products, an Australian nuclear radiologist cautions that such technology has yet to be proven successful.

NONEPeter Karamoskas (left), a nuclear radiologist for 13 years and represents the Australian public on the Radiation Safety Committee of Australia, expressed his reservations on the Lynas recycling plan to New Matilda, an Australian news website.

The New Matilda report quotes Karamoskas as saying that the one million cubic-metres of Water Leach Purification (WLP) residue – the most critical waste produced by the refinery -generated within 10 years of operation, have to be mixed with five times the amount of aggregate to reduce its radioactive reading from 6Bq to 1Bq, the threshold for safe waste.

While he said that a similar process had been used in the Netherlands, the wastes produced there were far less radioactive, at close to 1Bq.

Radiologist sows doubt over Lynas recycling plan

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Malaysiakini

Why return wastes if they can be recycled, Lynas asked
4:10PM Dec 17, 2012

An Australian academician and journalist has pointed out the contradiction of Lynas in applying to the Australian authorities to return the wastes from its rare earths refinery at Gebeng, despite repeatedly claiming that the wastes can be turned into commercially safe products.

“Given the company’s optimistic plans to produce gypsum, it is hard to understand why in March this year it applied to the South Australian government to import wastes from the refinery back into Australia,” says Wendy Bacon in a report published in New Matilda, an Australian news website.

Bacon, a professor and award-winning investigative journalist who heads the journalism programme at the University of Technology, Sydney, revealed that Australian senator Joe Ludwig, speaking on behalf of the health minister, said on Oct 30 that an application from Lynas was being considered by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency.

Why return wastes if they can be recycled, Lynas asked

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One of the three arrested, Wong Chun Yuan, told Malaysiakini that the stack of money that Adnan took out was in RM50 notes.

Wong claimed after the incident, another man approached him, also with a stack of RM50 notes, and asked him to take Tuw for a meal.

Malaysiakini

Aunty Mei vs Adnan – gila, binatang and RM50 notes

Confronted by an angry senior citizen outside his office demanding an apology for a remark he made, Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob, after a round of vulgar exchanges with the septuagenarian, reportedly took out a stack of ringgit notes and offered to “buy food” for her.

Aunty Mei vs Adnan – gila, binatang and RM50 notes

Confronted by an angry senior citizen outside his office demanding an apology for a remark he made, Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob, after a round of vulgar exchanges with the septuagenarian, reportedly took out a stack of ringgit notes and offered to “buy food” for her.

“His action has disgraced himself. I don’t feel insulted at all. Instead I despise him more. He is not fit to be the MB,” said Tuw Yin Lan, the 71-year-old anti-Lynas Green March activist who is more popularly known as Aunty Mei.

“It has shown his personality and the true colours of the government,” Tuw told Malaysiakini when contacted today.
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The heated confrontation between her and Adnan was reported in detail in yesterday’s issue of Chinese daily China Press.
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Tuw: I come to see you, apologise quick.

Adnan: Okay, I have met you. (Turns to enter the building)

Tuw (shouts): Say sorry quickly! You have said something wrong! Do you know I walked (in the Green March) that day?

Adnan: You say it properly. (You cakap baik-baik)

Tuw: I’m saying it properly. I’m talking facts.

Adnan: You say it properly. Don’t you know who I am?

Tuw: Of course I know who you are. Everyone knows.

Adnan: Are you crazy? (You gila?)

Tuw: You are the crazy one.

Adnan then turns around and walks into the building, with Tuw shouting at his back.

Tuw: Quickly, say sorry! You lied.

Adnan turns back towards her.

Adnan: Quickly, go home and eat! Have you eaten? Do you have money? Adnan then asks the people who have gathered around: What is her job? Where is she staying?

Tuw: You are a beast! (You binatang) You think you are so powerful that you can simply talk nonsense and lies?

Adnan: If I am a beast, you are a beast too!

Tuw (tells the police present): Everyone can lie! But he cannot, quick go and arrest him!

According to the China Press report, Adnan then calmed down and took out a stack of ringgit notes (right), with which he tried to pacify Tuw, who then threw a poster she was holding at Adnan. The police blocked her move.

The furious activist then tried to charge at Adnan, but he was stopped just in time by two of her friends who had rushed to the scene after being informed.

Aunty Mei vs Adnan – gila, binatang and RM50 notes

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The TOL issued to Lynas in September only requires it to submit the plan for a permanent disposal facility plan within 10 months of the licence being issued.

Malaysiakini

Lynas, show us your waste conversion plan’

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A coalition of 80 NGOs demanded today that Australian miner Lynas reveals its plan to convert the wastes from its rare earths refinery in Gebeng into commercially safe products that will be exported.

If Lynas fails to publish this plan, together with three other documents, the NGOs said, the International Trade and Industry Ministry should suspend or cancel the company’s temporary operating licence (TOL).

The coalition, named Solidariti Hijau, submitted a memorandum containing its demands to the ministry deputy secretary-general at the office in Kuala Lumpur today.

The documents the coalition wants made public are:

  • The research findings plan for the recycling of the wastes generated;
  • The emergency response plan to control the spread of dust in the air and environment;
  • The plan and location for the permanent disposal facility and waste management plan; and
  • Lynas’ innovative approach proposal to convert the wastes into commercial products that can be used in and out of the country.

At a press conference after the memorandum was submitted, coalition member Green Clean World chairperson Zulkefly Mohamad Omar said, “All these issues raised should be resolved before the TOL was granted, TOL and not after.”

‘Lynas, show us your waste conversion plan’

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Malaysiakini

Gov’t didn’t consider TOL disclosure, says minister

The government has not considered making Lynas’ temporary operating licence (TOL) public, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Maximus Johnity Ongkili.

“That has not been raised to our attention yet, you see,” he said.

He was met by reporters after a function in Kuala Lumpur today where he was asked whether the TOL to operate the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) will be made public.

Gov’t didn’t consider TOL disclosure, says minister

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Himpunan Hijau will not only form a human wall to disrupt the operations, but will also strive to stop the BN from being returned to power.

Malaysiakini

Fresh anti-Lynas campaign with polls focus

From its 300km march last month to 100 days of an intensified anti-Lynas campaign, Himpunan Hijau is stepping up its momentum at a crucial time with an eye on the forthcoming general election.

Its intention is to stop BN from winning Putrajaya again, as the federal government has been instrumental in approving the controversial rare earths refinery project in Gebeng, Kuantan.

Summary of Events

1 Dec 25, 2012: Celebration of the first-month anniversary of the Green March from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur. Himpunan Hijau members, who will be at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur, have invited members of the public to join them for sandwiches.

2 Dec 28, 2012: 100-hour hunger strike will be mounted by youths from the ‘Kill the Bill’ group.

3 Dec 31, 2012: Campaigners will move in a convoy from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan, retracing the route of the Green March in reverse, with activities to be held in various towns along the way.

4 Dec 31, 2012: A stop at Bentong to hold an ‘ear-cutting ceremony’. This is a reference to Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob’s  remark that he would cut off his ears and jump into the Pahang River should DAP win the Bentong parliamentary constituency, in which his Pelangai state seat is located.

“We hope to have some food related to ears in a restaurant, such as cow ears and other interesting stuff,” said Wong Tak.

5 New Year’s Eve: The campaign will wind up with a mega ceramah in Kuantan from midnight till dawn.

Wong invited members of the public to join the convoy and be part of the “car blockade” movement in Kuantan to paralyse traffic by making the city the “biggest car park in the world”.

“If you (Kuantan residents) don’t want to join us, then don’t leave your house or you will blame us (for inconveniencing you on the day). We also want to paralyse all the roads in the east coast.”

Fresh anti-Lynas campaign with polls focus

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Malaysiakini

Aunty Mei arrested after demanding Adnan’s apology
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A senior citizen and two of her friends were arrested this morning after she demanded an apology from Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob for his remarks about the anti-Lynas ‘Green March’ last month.

himpunan hijau green walk day aunty mei 2Tuw Yin Lan (centre in photo), who is 71 and popularly known as Aunty Mei, was among those who had participated in the 300km walk organised by Himpunan Hijau from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur.

When contacted, Himpunan Hijau publicity chief Lee Chean Chung said Tuw had gone to the MB’s office in the state secretariat building.

“Aunty Mei was angry with Adnan’s remark that the participants of the Green March had only walked for 200 metres,” Lee said when contacted.

“She waited outside his office from 11am. When the MB appeared, she went forward and asked him to apologise but he refused.”

She was then arrested along with Wong Chun Yuan and Yip Fong Kiew – they have been taken to the Kuantan police district headquarters.

Aunty Mei arrested after demanding Adnan’s apology

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The latest statement by the four ministers will now put Lynas in a difficult position as Curtis had also said that Malaysia is treating Lynas as a “political football” ahead of the country’s elections that must be called by next April when the Barisan Nasional (BN) government’s mandate expires.

The four minister’s statement today could have a significant impact on Lynas operations here if it does not come up with a concrete plan to ship wastes out of Malaysia.

Malaysian Insider

Lynas must remove residue, Putrajaya says it again

December 12, 2012

Lynas executive chairman Nicholas Curtis said that Lynas would push on with plans to develop a permanent disposal facility here despite an ongoing storm over its potential waste hazards.

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 – The Cabinet today endorsed a ministerial statement issued earlier this week instructing Australian miner Lynas to ensure all residue and by-products from its rare earth refinery are removed from the country.

Putrajaya’s latest statement comes even after Lynas executive chairman Nicholas Curtis saying today that that the company’s operating licence does not require it to ship out of Malaysia any residue produced from its refinery in coastal Gebeng.

Curtis also said that Lynas would push on with plans to develop a permanent disposal facility (PDF) here despite an ongoing storm over its potential waste hazards.

Today’s ministerial statement was issued by four Cabinet members – Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Datuk Seri Douglas Unggah Embas and Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

But Ongkili had just a day earlier added to the confusion by suggesting that it was up to Lynas to decide where to sell its converted waste material.

Lynas must remove residue, Putrajaya says it again

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Lynas has announced that it will convert the Water Leach Purification waste into a commercially safe product called “synthetic aggregate” to be marketed internationally.

The proposal has received the green light from Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Maximus Johnity Ongkili who said Lynas can even market the converted product in Malaysia if there is local buyer.

Malaysiakini

TOL does not require export of waste, Lynas insists

11:32AM Dec 12, 2012

Lynas Corporation executive chairperson Nicholas Curtis has reiterated that there is no provision  in the temporary operating licence (TOL) demanding the export of waste from its rare earths refinery in Gebeng, Kuantan.

This contradicts a joint statement by four federal ministers that the company ‘must export the waste’ in order to fulfil the condition, or face the suspension or revocation of the TOL.

NONE“To appease the anxiety of the people, we have said we will voluntarily take it upon ourselves to export the material, at a cost to us,” Curtis (left) told the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) in a report published yesterday.

“This is not a licence condition. I think in the heat of a political debate, the position was exaggerated from what is actually the legal position.”

However, the WSJ also quoted a Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry senior official, who declined to be named, as saying that Lynas has given a commitment to ship out the residue and that this is based on that voluntary undertaking that the government has incorporated as a condition of the TOL.

The report further pointed out that Lynas has yet to prove that the wastes generated can be converted into commercial product, as its technology has not been pilot-tested at its plant.

TOL does not require export of waste, Lynas insists

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Interestingly, soon after the joint ministerial statement on Dec 10, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Maximus Ongkili has to come to Lynas’ rescue.

Free Malaysia Today

Lynas’ waste: Rakyat watching govt’s next move

December 12, 2012

If Lynas were to operate their plant in Australia, they will have to return their toxic and radioactive waste back to the mine in Mt Weld.

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By Fuziah Salleh

When four Cabinet ministers issued a joint statement that Lynas’ waste must be exported out of Malaysia, Lynas Corporation Ltd was hit hard and had to halt its shares trading.

Some desperate politicians from the ruling government thought that they could salvage dwindling support for the government by reiterating that Lynas has to ship its waste back.

The reason given – that the government is not prepared to compromise on the health of its citizens – was an opportunity not to be missed for some Barisan Nasional ministers who are desperate to win votes.
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Let us remind ourselves that if Lynas were to operate their plant in Australia, it will have to return its toxic and radioactive waste back to the mine in Mount Weld.

Other rare earth refineries such as Molycorps are subjected to the same requirements – to send back their radioactive waste to the mine. But in Malaysia, not only does Lynas enjoy a 12-year tax break, it gets electricity, water and gas at a subsidised rate too, courtesy of the rakyat.

Lynas has had things going its way for so long, since the beginning, in fact. The rakyat is waiting and watching on what the government will do next.

Fuziah Salleh is the MP for Kuantan and a PKR vice-president.

Lynas’ waste: Rakyat watching govt’s next move

Also read:
Lynas must remove residue from M’sia
Lynas says TOL remains valid

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Malaysiakini

‘Processed Lamp waste can be marketed in M’sia, if…’

Raw waste or residue from the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp) operations in Gebeng, Kuantan, can be marketed in Malaysia, but with two conditions attached.

It must be converted into synthetic aggregates which emit only low-level radiation, and the Australian mining company must be able to find a buyer for this.

Science Technology and Innovation Minister Maximus Johnity Ongkili (left) told a press conference in Putrajaya today that this is up to Lynas.

“They have to find a market, (if there is) no buyer, you (Lynas must) export (it), as it is no longer classified as dangerous materials,” he said.

He said that the “innovative” option offered by Lynas – and which was made part of the operating licence requirements – is to convert the waste into “an ordinary product that can safely be used for industrial purposes” overseas or in the country.

‘Processed Lamp waste can be marketed in M’sia, if…’

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Malaysian Insider

DAP demands heads roll over Lynas waste storm

By Opalyn Mok
December 11, 2012

GEORGE TOWN, Dec 11 — The DAP demanded today the resignation of the four ministers overseeing the controversial Lynas refinery in Kuantan or the rare earth producer’s managing director for purportedly misleading the public that the potentially harmful waste will be shipped out of the country.

Its secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said Datuk Mashal Ahmad, the managing director of Lynas Malaysia and in charge of the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in Pahang, had confirmed the residue will not be exported out of Malaysia as it would be in breach of international laws and that the Australian company is bound by those laws.

“So the four Cabinet ministers who said LAMP must export the residue must prove their sincerity by asking for Mashal to resign and appoint someone who could comply with the requirement of exporting the residue out of the country,” said Lim, who is also Penang chief minister.

“Australia has also said it will not accept the toxic waste so where will they export it to?” Lim asked.

The Bagan MP demanded Putrajaya replace Mashal with someone who will be obedient to them if they wanted to prove their previous statements were not a lie concocted by the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition to assuage public fears before the 13th general election due soon.

“After the elections, if BN retains power, the residues will likely remain in Malaysia,” he said.

Lim was responding to a statement by the four ministers yesterday that LAMP must remove the residue generated from Malaysia or face suspension.

DAP demands heads roll over Lynas waste storm

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Malaysian Insider

Unplug Lynas plant now to show sincerity, Putrajaya told

December 11, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 – The government must suspend immediately the Lynas rare earths plant’s trial run to prove its promise to guard Malaysians’ health and safety is not mere rhetoric, green groups here have demanded.

Environmental activists said the recent statement by Lynas Malaysia’s managing director, Datuk Mashal Ahmad, that the company will not ship out its radioactive waste but process it in the country, confirms suspicions that Putrajaya is in cahoots with the Australian miner and are unlikely to pull the plug on the plant ever despite the serious health and ecological hazards posed.

“If the ministry is serious, put words into action immediately. I don’t want ‘immediate’ to be after elections. Do it now. Today,” Himpunan Hijau leader, Wong Tack, told The Malaysian Insider when contacted yesterday.

He pointed out that the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB)’s director-general has previously said the temporary operating licence (TOL) issued to Lynas that has allowed the rare earths producer to fire up its kiln earlier this month was based on the latter exporting its radioactive waste – a point four ministers directly responsible for the portfolio related to the Lynas project reiterated yesterday.

Unplug Lynas plant now to show sincerity, Putrajaya told

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Malaysian Insider

The Lynas screw-up — The Malaysian Insider

December 11, 2012

DEC 11 — Fancy this. Four ministers have told Lynas Corp to ensure all residue and by-products from its Gebeng rare earth refinery are to be removed from the country and not processed here as announced by the Australian miner.

Fact is, these four ministers look ridiculous for issuing a statement on an investment they supported and promoted over the past year.

Did they think of all this before selling Malaysians the idea that a rare earth refinery or “advanced materials plant” would be great for the Malaysian economy.

Didn’t they think that all safeguards and guarantees should have been obtained before the plant is built and starts operating? Didn’t they think perhaps Lynas Corp has seen to it that it can do what it wants within its stated operations?

What can Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Datuk Seri Douglas Unggah Embas and Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai do now apart from issuing a statement endorsed by the Cabinet?
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If these four ministers are serious about telling Lynas off, then instruct all relevant agencies to make sure the Australian miner follows all regulations that have been agreed when setting up the plant.

There isn’t a need to show and tell their concern about the people’s safety and health. All that was ignored when these ministers were promoting the investment as a sign of business confidence in Malaysia.

Regrets, I-told-you-so’s, concerns and warnings are now a waste of time. It is time for action.

The Lynas screw-up — The Malaysian Insider

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Malaysiakini

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Himpunan Hijau receives Suaram award

Himpunan Hijau and the Murum and Baram communities have received Suaram’s Human Rights Award for their respective efforts in pushing public awareness of environmental and human rights issues.

Head judge of the award Gabungan Mansuhkan ISA’s (GMI) Norlaila Othman said the judges chose two winners this time instead of one, as both groups have displayed that “their struggle to empower and educate the grassroots has been consistent.”

The award was presented by Suaram director Kua Kia Soong at the KL and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall today.

Other nominees of the award are electoral reform awareness group Undi Malaysia and student activists Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia.

Himpunan Hijau representative Tan Woen Tian stead said that the group’s struggle was an on-going endeavour.

Struggle to continue

He said that Himpunan Hijau’s next project was to block Lynas from importing or exporting materials and holding a fasting event in Kuala Lumpur.

“We think that Malaysians are mature enough to know what they want,” he said.

Baram Protection Committee chairperson Philip Jau thanked Suaram for the award on behalf of the people of Murum and Baram.

“This is acknowledgement for what we have done over the years,” he said, adding that the campaign against the dams has been ongoing since 2009.

“They have taken our timber, taken our land and now they want to destroy us completely.

“We will continue to demand the government of Malaysia to stop the dams,” calling for the Sarawak MPs to come forward and articulate their problems.

Himpunan Hijau receives Suaram award

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Free Malaysia Today

Lynas must remove residue from M’sia

December 10, 2012

Public health and safety our utmost priority, say four ministers.

KUALA LUMPUR: Lynas has been urged to comply with the condition upon which it had been issued a Temporary Operating Licence (TOL), which is to remove from Malaysia all the residue generated by the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) including all products made from the residue.

The TOL was granted to the company with this specific condition, said four ministers directly responsible for the portfolio related to the Lynas project in a joint ministerial statement here today.

They were International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Maximus Ongkili, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Douglas Unggah Embas and Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai.

The Cabinet had also endorsed this condition, they said.

The statement was issued in response to recent inaccurate media reports regarding the removal of the residue generated by LAMP.

“The obligation imposed on Lynas in this matter is very clear. The government will not compromise the health and safety of the rakyat and the environment in dealing with the issue of Lynas.”

They also reiterated that if Lynas failed to comply with the condition, the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) had the power under section 22 of the Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984 (Act 304) to suspend or revoke the TOL and order Lynas to immediately cease operation.

“As ministers responsible for portfolios directly associated with the Lynas project, we reiterate that public health and safety continue to be our utmost priority.”

- Bernama

Lynas must remove residue from M’sia

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Malaysiakini

Wastes won’t be exported out of Malaysia, says Lynas
11:32PM Dec 7, 2012

No residues from the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp) would be exported out from Malaysia, says the factory’s managing director, Mashal Ahmad.

Marshal said Lamp needed to abide by international conventions which prohibit the export of hazardous wastes to overseas countries, according to Guang Ming Daily’s Facebook page.

The wastes have been a point of contention because they was allegedly contain radioactive materials, which leads to the fear of radioactive poisoning.

Meanwhile, Mashal claimed that Lamp had spent a few million ringgit to counter anti-Lynas allegations, according to a Sinchew Daily report.

He said Lamp had experienced a difficult time in the past two years “because of the anti-Lynas movement’s baseless allegations.”

“They (the anti-Lynas movement) just want to poison the public mindset,” he was quoted as saying.

Wastes won’t be exported out of Malaysia, says Lynas

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The Final Part: Himpunan Hijau’s GREEN WALK, 13-25 Novenber 2012

Part 1: Himpunan Hijau’s GREEN WALK, 13-25 November 2012

Part 2: Himpunan Hijau’s GREEN WALK, 13-25 November 2012

Lynas: Himpunan Hijau plans blockade of Kuantan Port; SMSL to go global ..

Bukit Merah mustn’t be forgotten

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Of course, he shouldn’t lose his ears! What would a d**k*y do without those long ears?

MB

Malaysiakini

Pahang MB: Look, I didn’t mean it literally

Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob today clarified that he did not mean cut off his ears literaly if Barisan Nasional lost in Bentong.

Instead, he explained that it was a figurative speech intended for his critics to learn English.

“Do you know figurative speech? In English language, we have figurative speech. We have simile, we have metaphor, hyberbole…

“So when I say cut my ears, that means they (DAP) can never win. That shows the level of confidence. This is not that is we (BN lose) they (opposition) take the knife and cut off my ears literally.

“No, this is figurative speech – figurative language to let these people study English,” he told journalists along the sidelines on the last day of the Umno general assembly today.

Pahang MB: Look, I didn’t mean it literally

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Malaysiakini

‘Lynas to be referendum for people of Kuantan in GE’

The next general election would be a referendum on the Lynas Advance Material Plant (Lamp) for the people of Kuantan, said Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob, who is confident of a Barisan National victory.

“If we win in Kuantan, that’s it. That’s finished. Lynas is no more an issue,” he said at the sidelines of the Umno general assembly.

However, he stressed that the “referendum” would be only for Kuantan voters, not Pahang or nationwide.

‘Lynas to be referendum for people of Kuantan in GE’

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Mysinchew.com

Lynas fires up Malaysian plant

2012-11-30 13:53

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30, 2012 (AFP) — Australian miner Lynas Corp said Friday it had begun processing rare earths at a controversial new plant in Malaysia after being delayed for more than a year due to public opposition over health fears.

Lynas earlier this month cleared a final hurdle when a court gave the go-ahead for the company to fire up the $800 million plant in the eastern state of Pahang despite residents’ and activists’ fears over radioactive waste.

“This is a significant milestone for Lynas,” the Sydney-listed company’s chairman Nicholas Curtis said in a statement on the plant’s start-up.

He said the long-delayed start of operations would now “provide real data that will assure people that the LAMP (Lynas Advanced Materials Plant) is entirely safe for our local communities and the environment.”

Other posts:

Lynas says it has begun operation in Kuantan
Lynas fires up Malaysian plantDreadful cost of a wrong decision

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Free Malaysia Today

Anti-Lynas group sets up blockade camp

Leven Woon | November 29, 2012

Himpunan Hijau vows to “interrupt and paralyse” the operation of the Gebeng plant.

PETALING JAYA: Himpunan Hijau has set up a base camp at Balok Beach in Kuantan for its anti-Lynas activities, which will include blocking ore imports for the company’s rare earth plant in Gebeng.

According to Himpunan Hijau chairman Wong Tack, the prime purpose of the camp is to galvanise activists from across the nation to “interrupt and paralyse” the operation of the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp).

He said it would serve as a command centre for all anti-Lynas activities, including information dissemination, exhibitions and registration of environmental activists.
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The base camp will have an initial staff of 100.

Balok, which is 9km away from the Lynas plant and 15km from the Kuantan city centre, was the venue of a Himpunan Hijau gathering against Lynas earlier this year.

Anti-Lynas group sets up blockade camp

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

10.35pm

KENYATAAN MEDIA HIMPUNAN HIJAU
28 November 201221 November 2012 merupakan hari yang menyedihkan bagi negara kita. Sempena rakyat berjalan kaki dari Kuantan ke Dataran Merdeka untuk mempertahankan hak kehidupan mereka, Lynas yang bersekong

kol dengan pihak berkuasa telah mengancam tanah air kita. Pada lewat malam yang penuh dengan kerahsiaan itu, mereka telah membawa masuk lebih 100 kontena yang mengandungi bahan mentah ke Malaysia. Yang betul-betul menyakitkan hati rakyat adalah agensi kerajaan seperti pihak pelabuhan, kastam dan polis telah melanggar semua prosedur operasi biasa dengan memudahkan pengimportan bahan-bahan toksik ini ke tanah air kita.Rakyat yang bertanggungjawab tidak akan bertoleransi dengan gejala yang mengancam kedaulatan dan maruah kita seperti ini.Perbuatan sebegini jelas menunjukkan salahlaku secara konsisten oleh korporat asing bernama Lynas ini. Syarikat tersebut memasuki Malaysia melalui pintu belakang. Orang awam hanya mengetahui projek ini selepas liputan dibuat oleh New York Times, selepas projek pembinaan sudah hampir disiapkan.LAMP diluluskan secara luar biasa dan melanggar semua prosedur dan peraturan biasa. Kajian Impak Alam Sekitar (DEIA) tidak dirangkumi dalam proses kelulusan.Di bawah bantahan rakyat yang kuat selain sebelum mematuhi semua peraturan dan prosedur, TOL sudah dianugerah melalui cara yang meragukan. Sekarang, bahan mentah juga diimport melalui kaedah yang tidak jauh berbeza. Daripada salahlaku korporat yang konsisten ini, tidak hairan jika pembuangan sisa radioaktif juga dibuat melalui cara yang sama.Selepas rakyat menyempurnakan perjalanan mereka pada 26 Nov 2012, jawatankuasa Himpunan Hijau telah mengadakan beberapa mesyuarat yang padat. Jawatankuasa telah membuat keputusan untuk mempergiatkan kempen menentang LAMP dengan mendirikan Kem Pengkalan Blockade Anti Lynas di Balok, Kuantan. Objektif utama kem pengkalan ini adalah untuk menggembeling tenaga rakyat dari seluruh Malaysia untuk mengganggu serta melumpuhkan operasi loji Lynas. Kem Pengkalan ini berperanan sebagai pusat pimpinan dan pelaksanaan kegiatan-kegiatan menentang Lynas, antaranya termasuk penyebaran maklumat, pameran dan pendaftarn untuk pejuang-pejuang hijau. Kam pengkalan tersebut akan diisi oleh petugas-petugas sepenuh masa supaya dapat berfungsi secara efektif.100 pemimpin utama yang telah berjanji akan bersama rakyat di barisan depan Blockade juga akan menggunakan kem pengkalan tersebut sebagai pusat motivasi dan rekrutan.Kem tersebut dijangka akan didirikan pada minggu depan. Program dan maklumat lanjut akan diumumkan nanti.Jawatankuasa Pemandu HIMPUNAN HIJAU

6.00pm

Sidang Media Himpunan Hijau:
1. BLOCKADE LYNAS confirm berjalan! Satu basecamp akan didirikan Di Balok sebagai pusat kawalan, pengumpulan sumber dan maklumat dlm masa terdekat
2. BLOCKADE Nasional – roadshow dan siri ceramah utk menghalang BN daripada memasuki PUTRAJAYA semula!

Green Assembly Press Conference:
1. Blockade LYNAS is on! A Base Camp will be erected in Balok as the control center, and for the pooling of resources and information ASAP.
2. National Blockade – road shows and lecture series to be held to prevent BN from entering the PUTRAJAYA again!

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Containers of the company’s rare earth concentrates, delivered from its Mount Weld mine, in Western Australia, arrived in Malaysia under tight security in recent days, and are now ready to be fed into the kiln.

Lynas plant to fire up in 48 hours

Sydney Morning Herald, 26 November 2012

Nov 26: Rare earths producer Lynas Corporation is expected to pass an important milestone in the next 48 hours, when the first feedstock passes into the company’s controversial refinery kiln in Malaysia.

After a troubled period in which opponents delayed the start of operations at the refinery by more than a year, the company is now hopeful that its battered share price can begin on the long road to recovery.
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One observer familiar with Lynas’ situation noted that only a change of government in Malaysia could now derail the company’s progress.

”As far as the current government is concerned they are through the forest. But it could all change if there was a change of government,” he said.

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‘We want you to stop Lynas shipments’

Harakahdaily, 26 November 2012

Nov 26: As hundreds of protesters, some of whom completed a 300-kilometre journey by foot from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur, hold the fort near Dataran Merdeka, plans are underway to recruit volunteers to blockade future arrivals of rare earth ore.

Himpunan Hijau chairman Wong Tack said the movement would now fight Lynas “guerilla-style”, but refused to devulge further details.

“Many leaders from Johor to Kelantan will ‘attack’ in waves at different times. The plan is there, but now is not a good time to announce it,” he was quoted as saying by Malaysiakini.
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Wong Tack said volunteers were needed to join the ‘Green Vanguard’, and named several Pakatan Rakyat leaders who would join the blockade including Cheras member of parliament Tan Kok Wai and Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah.

“We can’t be blamed for taking these measures. Our land is being occupied and the government is colluding with the corporations. There is no guarantee for the health of our future generations,” he added.

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Malaysiakini

Drive to recruit anti-Lynas ‘green vanguards’

Himpunan Hijau will soon launch a recruitment campaign to gather hundreds of ‘Green Vanguard’ volunteers to blockade the Lynas Advance Material Plant (Lamp), said the movement’s chairperson Wong Tack.

“Our website is ready and will be published soon. It is now undergoing testing.
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He said there is already a draft plan, but details need to be finalised with his committee members before it can be made public.
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He said various leaders will be leading the blockade, starting with Wong himself.

himpunan hijau green walk crowd at duke highway 251112

“Many leaders from Johor to Kelantan will ‘attack’ in waves at different times. The plan is there, but now is not a good time to announce it,” he said.

He added that among those who will be joining the blockade are Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar (above, centre), and Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan.

Drive to recruit anti-Lynas ‘green vanguards’

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Protesters fight Oz company’s toxic plant in Malaysia

Saturday, November 24, 2012
Protest at Lynas’ AGM, November 20. Photo: Peter Boyle

In the dead of night on November 22, 100 containers of concentrated rare earth ore mined in Western Australia began to be transported, under heavy police escort, through the port of Kuantan to a new refinery built by Australian company Lynas.

This took place just two days after 19 local residents travelled to Sydney to protest at the company’s annual general meeting and while another group of protesters were on a 300 kilometre protest march to Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur over the issue.

Residents are furious that Lynas has been issued with a temporary operating licence even though it does not have a clear plan for dealing with the radioactive and toxic waste that the refinery will produce.

Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) sent the protest delegation to Sydney. Its chairperson Tan Bun Teet told Green Left Weekly the company’s CEO Nicholas Curtis “brushed aside” the local residents concerns when confronted at the AGM.

“Some shareholders asked that we be allowed to let them know what is actually happening over there [in Kuantan]. But again we were denied this opportunity.”

Bun Teet and supporters with shares or proxies tried to voice their objections inside the meeting as a colourful and vocal protest took place outside. “Lynas, Lynas you must go!” they chanted, “We don’t want your toxic waste!”

About 400 local residents protested peacefully outside the Kuantan port on November 23. They were met with a big police presence and intimidated by a group of about 100 thugs who arrived on motorbikes. A journalist from Sin Chew Daily was assaulted when he tried to photograph them.

Bun Teet said this was not the first time thugs were used against opponents of Lynas.

“We have been threatened by hooligans when we go to some villages to distribute information about Lynas and one person who gave testimony to a hearing of the International Atomic Energy Agency on the plant was assaulted by thugs when we came out. This made us feel unsafe about attending the hearing.”

SMSL activists said that secrecy and irregularity have long been a feature of the attempt to start up the Lynas refinery, which was granted a 12-year tax exemption by the notoriously corrupt Barisan Nasional government of Malaysia.

Protesters fight Oz company’s toxic plant in Malaysia

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OCCUPY KUANTAN PORT

Free Malaysia Today

Anti-Lynas group shocked by secrecy

G Vinod | November 23, 2012

This time, the anti-Lynas group takes a political stand saying it was time to vote the ruling government out for ignoring the people’s objection to the Lynas plant.

PETALING JAYA: The Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) group today said it was appalled by the cloud of secrecy surrounding the arrival of rare earth ore at the Kuantan Port yesterday.

In a statement, SMSL’s spokesman Steve Hang said that the shipment runs against Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd and the Malaysian government’s promise to be transparent on the matter.

Yesterday, about 100 containers of rare earth ore arrived at Kuantan Port and is scheduled to be sent for processing at the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) located in Gebeng, Pahang.

The shipment, which arrived at midnight, was guarded by heavy police escort.

Anti-Lynas group shocked by secrecy

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Malaysiakini

Mat rempits disrupt anti-Lynas candlelight vigil

An ad-hoc candlelight vigil at the Kuantan port last night in protest against Lynas Corporation drew some 400 supporters and half as many hecklers on motorbikes.

The bikers, mostly youths, hurled insults and abuses at the anti-Lynas protesters shortly after they converged at about 9.30pm.

According to Himpunan Hijau representative Clement Chin, about 30 police personnel were at the scene and stood in between the two groups, but did not take any action.

Although there was no altercations, one Sin Chew Daily journalist reported said that he was roughed up by some of the bikers.

He said that he had tried to photograph the group but his actions were met with yelling and threats of violence.

“One person bumped me with his belly,” he said. The bikers left after about 30 minutes.

Why the police escort?NONE
Chin added that other than holding a short protest, the group’s other objective was to observe the trucks carry the rare earth ore for processing at the Lynas plant some 7km away. Many residents fear the resulting radioactive wastes from the factory.He said one truck leaving the port was under police escort, leading the group to conclude that the truck was heading towards the Lynas rare earth refinery in Gebeng.”The container trucks did not leave in a hurry, so we could snap some photographs. By why the police escort?” asked Chin.NONE
Chin added that the group noticed that there was no form of indication that the trucks were carrying radioactive material.According to Chin, this was in violation of the law.”That is what we want to stress tonight. You will soon see what is our next step,” he said.The vigil participants dispersed two hours later at about 11.30pm.

Mat rempits disrupt anti-Lynas candlelight vigil

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OCCUPY KUANTAN PORT

Thursday, 22nd November 2012

Frank: There were about 200 anti-Lynas supporters.
This is the first time that all the activists and supporters from various groups came out in unity in support of an anti-Lynas protest at such short notice. In fact, half a day’s notice.

All photos and information came from Frank Tan Poh Peng, who was at the Kuantan Port with the anti-Lynas group.

Earlier in the day, he had been with the Green Walkers but returned to Kuantan when he heard the news of the arrival of the first rare earth shipment…

After spending a couple of days for the Green Walk, I have decided to stay back in Kuantan to guard the fort with some Kuantan residents in view of the suspected arrival of the rare earth ores at Kuantan Port early this morning.

11.50pm

The arrival of 5 containers (11:32 pm, 22/11/12).

These paid motorcyclists came at 9:20 pm. There were about 50 of them. 5 Patrol cars were present with many policemen.

11.10pm

The Anti-Lynas supporters are still hanging around! (11:09 pm, 22/11/12).

Relaxing after the show down! (10:42 pm, 22/11/12).

After the show down (10:42 pm, 22/11/12).

10.35pm

38 seconds ago via mobile

10.30pm

5 minutes grace period is over; the Anti-Lynas supporters are still hanging around! (10:19 pm, 22/11/12)

10.23pm

The Pahang Bar Council Committee Legal Team (9:42 pm, 22/11/12).

10.10pm

The Police instructed the Anti-Lynas supporters to disperse within 5 minutes. (10:02 pm, 22/11/12).

2 minutes ago via mobile
The Policemen asked both parties to disperse (9:55 pm, 22/11/12).

10.00pm

Confrontation between the supporters of the Anti-Lynas and the pro-Lynas (9:30 pm, 22/11/12).

Frank Tan Poh Peng Correction : I was told these motorcyclists are not Perkasa supporters but paid to participate. They were led by a local Perkasa leader.

Pro-Lynas Supporters (9:27 pm, 22/11/12).

The Anti-Lynas Supporters

Before they left, this group shouted “Hidup Melayu” !

9.35pm

The protesters gathered at a nearby warong. (9:29 pm, 22/11/12).

http://www.facebook.com/reformasimalaysia2012venue: pelabuhan gate
时间: 9.00pm
Occupy Kuantan Port

今天晚上 9.00 pm , 出席者会拿白蜡烛,以抗议国家政府宁愿牺牲全关丹人,来换取免税 12 年的杀害 。2012年11月22日
about a minute ago via mobile
Right now, we’re in front of the Kuantan Port.

about an hour ago via mobile
Tonight, some residents of Kuantan will stage an anti-Lynas protest at the main gate of Kuantan Port at 9:00 pm.

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Malaysiakini

Activists vows to block Lynas’ exports
5:24PM Nov 22, 2012

Activists opposing the Lynas rare earth refinery have vowed to prevent exports of its products, following the company’s stealthy receipt of rare earth ore shipment this morning.

“The material may have entered (Gebeng), but their products will not get out,” said Himpunan Hijau chairperson Wong Tack at a press conference in Bukit Tinggi, Pahang.

Himpunan Hijau has previously threatened to organise a port blockade after legal channels to stop Lynas from operating were exhausted.

However, Wong (right) said Himpunan Hijau will only be able to strategise after completing its current campaign – a 300km march from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur.

“The blockade will be on. Let us finish this walk to Dataran Merdeka first. Let the people assemble  then the people will make decision on how we will deal with this issue,” he said.

Activists vows to block Lynas’ exports

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Malaysiakini

Lynas: The moment of truth

COMMENT Australian rare-earth miner Lynas may have stolen the march from the environmental pressure group Himpunan Hijau and outfoxed Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) as it sneaked in over 100 sea-borne containers of ore concentrate to its refinery in Kuantan late last night.
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Blogger’s summary:

The moment of truth for the government: at the 13th general election….perhaps a green Tsunami awaits them.

The moment of truth for the the AELB and its director-general Raja Abdul Aziz Raja Adnan: will the adverse effects be Bukit Merah style?

The moment of truth awaits the Malaysian constructed Lamp: will we be another Bhopal?

The moment of truth for the radioactive waste from the plant: what will happen to it?

The moment of truth for our resolve as Malaysians: are we the same rakyat led by the nose since after Merdeka or will we have the resolve to want not only ‘bersih’ elections, but also  a clean environment?

Lynas: The moment of truth

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Malaysian Insider

Lynas plant to start in days as rare earth ore arrives

November 22, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 — Lynas Corp confirmed today that its rare earth ore from the Mt Weld mine in Western Australia has arrived in Malaysia and expects to begin operations soon despite opposition from environmentalists over health concerns.

About 100 containers of rare earth concentrate have arrived in Kuantan, the Australian miner said in a brief media statement, adding “a significant portion of those containers are now at the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP)” in Gebeng, on the outskirts of the Pahang capital.

“Lynas expects that first feed to kiln and commencement of operations at the LAMP will occur over the coming days,” it said.

Lynas plant to start in days as rare earth ore arrives

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According to Andansura, Stop Lynas Coalition chairperson Andansura Rabu,  the transportation of these containers to the plant started between 1am to 2am. He said they were moved by container trucks under police escort and the process was still underway as at 8am…

Malaysiakini

Containers arrive in Kuantan port under heavy police escort

More than 100 containers suspected to contain rare earth ore have arrived in Kuantan port near midnight yesterday under unusually heavy police presence.

Stop Lynas Coalition chairperson Andansura Rabu, who was at the port, told Malaysiakini that a large number of police and Lynas employees were at the dock last night.

According to him, some 102 containers arrived at Kuantan port at about 11pm, which he suspected contain raw material for the controversial Lynas rare earth plant in Gebeng.

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The police stopped Andansura and a number of other anti-Lynas activists from taking photographs and they were repeatedly barred from the area.

The activists said they spotted many personnel in Lynas uniforms at the port. Malaysiakini is seeking confirmation on the matter from both Lynas and Kuantan police.

Containers arrive in Kuantan port under heavy police escort

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Free Malaysia Today

Rare earth ore arrives in Kuantan Port

November 22, 2012

According to Lynas Corp, it plans to start operations ‘over the coming days’.

SYDNEY: About 100 containers of rare earths concentrate have arrived in Kuantan Port bound for the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in Gebeng.

According to Australia’s Lynas Corp, it planned to begin operations “over the coming days”.

-Agencies

Rare earth ore arrives in Kuantan Port

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Activists linked to the group Save Malaysia Stop Lynas staged a protest during the company’s annual general meeting in Sydney today following the decision by a Malaysian court to lift a suspension on a temporary operating licence for the plant.

Malaysian Insider

Lynas sets start date for Malaysia rare earth output amid protests

November 20, 2012

SYDNEY, Nov 20 — Australia’s Lynas Corp expects to start processing rare earth minerals from a plant in Malaysia next month despite opposition from environmentalists over health concerns, the company said today.

The plant should be nearing full production of the minerals used across a range of high-tech products from mobile phones to state-of-the-art weaponry by mid-next year, according to Lynas chairman Nick Curtis.

Setting the timetable lifted Lynas shares, which have been hammered by concerns the plant was facing more delays, more than 8 per cent to A$0.69. The broader market was up about 0.5 per cent, extending an overnight rally on Wall Street.

Lynas sets start date for Malaysia rare earth output amid protests

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Home

Hundreds of local residents started to arrive at the Kuantan High Court early on November 8 and were matched by 200 pro-Lynas supporters in Lynas uniform.
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Activist Jade Lee told GLW there was evidence that the pro-company protesters were poor students paid 250 Malaysian ringgits (A$78.57) each to come to the protest to pretend to be Lynas workers.

From GLW issue 945

Malaysians to protest toxic dumper’s AGM

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The High Court of Malaysia lifted a two-month suspension on November 8 of a temporary operating licence granted to the Australian company Lynas Corporation to operate a controversial rare earths refinery near the city of Kuantan in Malaysia.

Angry residents and environmental activists now plan to bring their objection to Australia when Lynas holds its shareholders’ annual general meeting at the luxury Sofitel Hotel in Sydney on November 20.

Eighteen activists will travel to Sydney to take part in the protest and speak to concerned Australians, politicians and the media.
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Tan Bun Teet, a spokesperson for Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) and an applicant in the court action, will join the Sydney protest. SMSL is one of several Malaysian activist groups that campaign against the toxic refinery.

He told Green Left Weekly SMSL would to appeal the November 8 decision.

“We will appeal to try to get the [licence] suspended again – it has always been SMSL’s intention to exhaust all legal avenues in Malaysia and in Australia to stop Lynas in the interest of our future and the safety of our country. If our government fails us then we rakyat [“the people”] will have to do something.”

From GLW issue 945

Malaysians to protest toxic dumper’s AGM

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A setback for anti-Lynas movement

Sundaily

Line clear for Lynas operations

Posted on 8 November 2012 – 09:06pm
Last updated on 8 November 2012 – 09:11pm

KUANTAN (Nov 8, 2012): The controversial Lynas Advanced Material Plant (LAMP) can now begin its operations.

This follows the High Court’s rejection yesterday of an application filed by three Kuantan residents for an interim injunction on its Temporary Operating Licence (TOL).

Judge Datuk Mariana Yahya in handing down her decision, said the contention by the plaintiffs that Lynas’ operation would lead to environmental and health problems, was too premature to be raised at present.

She said that the application was rejected because it not only involved the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) and the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB), but also Lynas as the third respondent.
“Balance of equity has to be decided not only between the residents of Gebeng (where the plant is located), Mosti and AELB, but also Lynas as the third party which has an interest in the decision in this case,” she said.
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Outside the Kuantan court complex, about 500 Lynas workers who had gathered to await the outcome of the court hearing, shed tears of joy after learning that the company can finally begin its long-delayed operations.
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On the other hand, about 200 anti-Lynas activists, including members of Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas, left the court compound, dejected.
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Himpunan Hijau 2.0 chairman Wong Tack said the Anti-Lynas coalition is ready to mobilise its supporters through its online campaign, in preparation for a blockade at Kuantan port.

Line clear for Lynas operations

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See also

Lynas: Himpunan Hijau plans blockade of Kuantan Port; SMSL to go global ..

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The China Post

Updated Wednesday, September 26, 2012 0:03 am TWN, Reuters

Malaysia court puts license on hold for rare earths plant

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A Malaysian high court put on hold until Oct. 4 a temporary operating license granted to Lynas Corp. Ltd.’s controversial rare earths plant near the eastern city of Kuantan, prompting an 8-percent fall in the Australian firm’s shares on Tuesday.

The rare earths plant — the world’s biggest outside China — has been ready to fire up since early May, but the company has been embroiled in lengthy environmental and safety disputes with local residents since construction began two years ago.
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Lynas confirmed the Kuantan High Court’s decision on Tuesday, but said it would not affect production at the plant and that it plans to strongly assert its rights at the next court hearing.

“That interim order is not anticipated to impact on Lynas’ planned schedule because Lynas has planned for first feed to kiln at the Kuantan plant after 4 October 2012,” the company said in a statement.
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Activists linked to the environmental group, Save Malaysia Stop Lynas, want the court to suspend the temporary license until two judicial review cases challenging the government’s decision allowing the plant to operate are heard.

“It’s a small victory, but there is still a long way to go,” Tan Bun Teet, a spokesman for the group, told Reuters after the court decision. “We will fight tooth and nail. We have a lot at stake,” he added.

The group’s previous attempts to legally stop the plant had failed.

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Malaysia court puts license on hold for rare earths plant

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THEY DID IT!

Malaysian Insider

Kuantan residents get nod to challenge minister’s Lynas greenlight

By Debra Chong
August 28, 2012

File photo of an anti-Lynas gathering in Kuantan on February 26, 2012. — Picture by Jack Ooi

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 28 — Five Kuantan residents made headway today in their bid to stop Lynas Corp from firing up its controversial rare earth plant here after they got the High Court’s nod to challenge the science, technology and innovation minister’s decision to award a temporary operating licence (TOL) to the Australian miner.

Kuantan High Court judge Mariana Yahya delivered the decision in her chambers when their case was up for a judicial review today.

“We expected the legal representatives from the Attorney-General’s Chamber to raise an objection to our application but instead they consented.

“This means we get to proceed with the judicial review,” Tan Bun Teet, one of the five applicants, told The Malaysian Insider today.

Kuantan residents get nod to challenge minister’s Lynas greenlight

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Two judicial review applications of Lynas temporary operating license(TOL) filed by Save Malaysia Stop Lynas(SMSL) are to be heard by Kuantan High Court (next to ktn JPJ at Indera Mahkota) at 9am on Aug28(Tue). Public are invited to attend and give support!

For more info, please refer to the press statement
http://bit.ly/SzdD7f and the

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Malaysiakini

Anti-Lynas judicial review hearings begin Tuesday
5:56PM Aug 24, 2012

The two judicial review applications filed by anti-Lynas group Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) are to be heard by the High Court in Kuantan at 9am on Tuesday next week.

SMSL spokesperson Tan Bun Teet announced last month that he and two other activists would file for a judicial review of the award of a temporary operating licence (TOL) to rare earths refinery Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp) in Gebeng by the Atomic Energy Licensing Board.

Vice-chairperson Ismail Abu Bakar and two other Kuantan residents would also file a judicial review of Minister of Science and Technology Maxmimus Ongkili’s decision to reject their appeal against the Lamp TOL.

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SMSL explained that the minister responded by imposing conditions on Lynas but did not suspend the TOL, even if it would cause risks to the environment, local economy and human health.

“All we have seen so far are recommendations and conditions. How have the government and Lynas met the recommendations from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)?

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The environmental group is also exploring and preparing for legal action to be taken in Australia, where Lynas is based, to stop the refinery from operating.

Anti-Lynas judicial review hearings begin Tuesday

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Free Malaysia Today

The naïve chairman of Lynas

Mariam Mokhtar | July 6, 2012

With a population of 28 million, Curtis only just realised that the country’s 12.4 million Facebook users are a formidable force.

COMMENT

For someone who heads a technology-intensive company, and who has pumped several hundred million ringgits into a boggy area on the east coast of Malaysia, Nicholas Curtis, the chairman of Lynas Corporation, appears to have underestimated the power of the Internet and social media websites. Most of all, he miscalculated Malaysia’s most potent resource – its people.

Curtis thought that with the help of Malaysian politicians, he could face up to the might of China and end its monopoly of the production of rare earths. He did not bargain on the might of the Malaysian people who are interested in protecting their lives, their families, future generations and the environment.

The naïve chairman of Lynas

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Bloomberg News

Lynas CEO Finds Social Media Hobbles Rare-Earths Plans

By Barry Porter and Soraya Permatasari on July 01, 2012

Lynas Corp. (LYC) Chief Executive Officer Nicholas Curtis said he underestimated the power of Facebook and Twitter when his mining company decided to build the world’s biggest rare-earths plant in Malaysia.

Lynas is now counting the cost as thousands of tons of unprocessed raw materials pile up at its Mount Weld mine in Western Australia while it waits for a promised refining permit. Local residents, worried about possible contamination from the Pahang plant, have used new media to rally local and foreign opposition to the facility.

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There are more than 12 million Facebook users in Malaysia, according to Facebook Inc., highlighting the importance of social media engagement in Southeast Asia’s third-largest economy. Lynas, which was partly lured to Malaysia by 12 years of tax-free status, doesn’t have any other means to refine until the plant opens, nor a backup plan to process its raw materials elsewhere, Curtis said. Lynas has lost half its value in the past year in Sydney trading.

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Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas!, a lobby group, has more than 40,000 followers on its Facebook page. It also uses a blog site and Twitter Inc.’s blogging service. Other sites sprang up as the campaign became known nationally and abroad.

“Malaysian national media is controlled by several political parties,” said Jade Lee, a Malaysian environmental consultant and protester now based in Melbourne. “Social media doesn’t have that level of control so people can speak freely and share their views.”

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Lynas CEO Finds Social Media Hobbles Rare-Earths Plans
Businessweek
Lynas Corp. (LYC) Chief Executive Officer Nicholas Curtis said he underestimated the power of Facebook and Twitter when his mining company decided to build the world’s biggest rare-earths plant in Malaysia.

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Malaysian Insider

A group of anti-Lynas protesters demonstrating outside the courts in Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur on June 19, 2012

Anti-Lynas campaign sprouting Malaysia’s green movement

By Debra Chong
June 19, 2012

A group of anti-Lynas protesters demonstrating outside the courts in Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur on June 19, 2012.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 — Unprecedented public anger against the Lynas plant in Kuantan appears to be fertilising Malaysia’s green movement that could affect voter sentiment ahead of key national polls that must be called soon, a New York Times(NYT) report suggested today.

In an article titled “Environmental Protest Becomes Rallying Point in Malaysia”, the influential US daily reported that local environmental awareness had been rising and had sparked a number of public demonstrations against the government.

“While the catalyst for the rally is the construction of a rare earth refinery nearby — the target of a sustained campaign by local residents and environmental groups — the crowd is also expected to hear from people from other parts of Malaysia who are concerned about projects near their homes that they fear could be damaging the environment,” the newspaper reported.

The NYT article was referring to the “Occupy Balok-Gebeng 24 Hours” rally this Saturday, organised by a grassroots green group calling itself Himpunan Hijau (Green Assembly in Malay).

The group was formed last year following widespread concern over ecological and health hazards resulting from the RM700 million rare earth refinery built by Australian miner Lynas Corp in Pahang, the home state of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, and was spreading environmental awareness on a scale that had never before been seen.

“The kind of protests, the kind of activism that we see for the Lynas plant is something unprecedented,” the NYT quoted Khoo Kay Peng, a management consultant and policy analyst, as saying.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 — Unprecedented public anger against the Lynas plant in Kuantan appears to be fertilising Malaysia’s green movement that could affect voter …

www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/anti-lynas… – Cached

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Malaysiakini

Group vows to gather at Lynas’ doorsteps

Group vows to gather at Lynas’ doorsteps
7:07PM Jun 17, 2012

The ‘Occupy Balok-Gebeng 24 hours’ event will culminate with participants gathering at the gates of the Lynas rare earth refinery, said event organisers Himpunan Hijau.

According to the latest flyer for the event, Himpunan Hijau will organise a 11km “convoy” from the Balok beach where the two day event is taking place to Gebeng, where the refinery is situated.

“The anger is now boiling over within the community. The people of Kuantan have decided that they will bring down Lynas no matter what,” said Himpunan Hijau chairperson Wong Tack in a press release today.

Contacted for further details, Wong said Himpunan Hijau would not be seeking permission from the authorities to hold the convoy.

“They should know what we are doing from the press reports,” said Wong, in reference to the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, which nullifies the need for a police permit.

The convoy is schedule to begin at 10am next Sunday, serving as the climax of the two-day occupation of the beach.

“People can join the convoy in a car, motorcycle or even a bicycle. If not, you can always walk,” said Wong.

The ‘Occupy Balok-Gebeng 24 hours’ event will culminate with participants gathering at the gates of the Lynas rare earth refinery, said event organisers Himpunan Hijau.

www.malaysiakini.com/news/201118 – Cached

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SMSL and several bus-loads of supporters from different places will converge outside the Kuala Lumpur High Court by 9.30am on Tuesday 19th June to stage a peaceful action.

Malaysian Insider

Anti-Lynas group to stage protest on Tuesday

By Lisa J. Ariffin
June 16, 2012

Anti-Lynas group Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) will stage a peaceful protest on Tuesday

KUALA LUMPUR, June 16 — Anti-Lynas group Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) will stage a peaceful protest on Tuesday against the Australian miner’s bid to gag alleged defamatory statements on the company’s controversial rare earth plant near Kuantan, Pahang.

“SMSL and several bus-loads of supporters from different places will converge outside the Kuala Lumpur High Court by 9.30am on Tuesday 19th June to stage a peaceful action,” the pressure group’s chairman Tan Bun Teet said yesterday in a statement.

He added the protest is in response to “Lynas’ defamation action to gag SMSL from exercising its constitutional rights as a citizens group to highlight the risks and h

  1. KUALA LUMPUR, June 16 — Anti-Lynas group Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) will stage a peaceful protest on Tuesday against the Australian miner’s bid to gag …

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Malaysian Insider

Kuantan folk eyeing foreign help to fight Lynas, MP warns

By Lisa J. Ariffin
June 16, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, June 16 — Kuantan residents may resort to engaging the help of the Australian courts to boot Lynas Corporation from their backyard, PKR MP Fuziah Salleh said today, warning Barisan Nasional (BN) of yet another international controversy that could affect its support at the ballot boxes.

Dangling the Scorpene scandal nightmare as a reminder to the ruling pact, the PKR vice-president said the Najib administration’s refusal to pull the plug on Lynas Corp’s rare earth project would not go down easy with voters.

Kuantan folk eyeing foreign help to fight Lynas, MP warns; Khalid stands firmly by ‘Umno agent’ claim; Haze worsens, unhealthy level in seven areas

www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/kuantan… – Cached

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AP News

Malaysia sets 2 new rules for rare earth plant

By Eileen Ng on June 15, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s government has imposed two new conditions on a rare earth refinery set up by Australian miner Lynas to assuage public fears of radioactive pollution.

Tan Bun Teet, who heads the “Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas” coalition, said Friday the group received a letter from the science ministry rejecting its appeal to revoke a license granted to Lynas earlier this year. The letter cited a lack of scientific and technical justification.

Tan said the ministry instead told Lynas to submit a plan to immobilize radioactive elements in its waste, and an emergency response plan on dust control.

“The two conditions are flimsy and general in nature. They are not specific enough and will in no way safeguard or appease the fears of residents living in the area,” he told The Associated Press. The group plans to challenge the government decision in court, he said.

Malaysia sets 2 new rules for rare earth plant
Businessweek
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s government has imposed two new conditions on a rare earth refinery set up by Australian miner Lynas to
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New rules for Australian miner in Malaysia
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Malaysia has responded to public fears about radioactive pollution by putting two new conditions on Australian miner Lynas.

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Malayisakini

Lynas thorium waste : A real health threat
  • SM Mohd Idris
  • 5:12PM Jun 11, 2012

During the last few weeks the public has heard the wildly positive and optimistic views of both the government and some local scientists concerning the Lynas plant in Gebeng, Kuantan.

On 20th March, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti), Dr Maximus Ongkili, told the Dewan Rakyat that the Lynas plant is safe and not harmful to public health.

He said that the effluent from the plant contained low radioactive material. He explained that the effluent was not categorised as a radioactive material waste by the International Atomic Energy Agency, as it contained natural radioactive material (‘Ongkili: Proposed Gebeng Rare Earth Plant Is Safe’, Bernama, 23 March 2011).

Unfortunately, he failed to give the effluent the proper name: Technologically-Enhanced, Naturally-Occurring Radioactive Material (Tenorm).

During the last few weeks the public has heard the wildly positive and optimistic views of both the government and some local scientists concerning the Lynas plant in …

www.malaysiakini.com/letters/200572 – Cached

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Friday, 8 June 2012

Politics put Lynas’ ambitions on hold

The company wants to be one of the few rare-earth miners that own a mine and also operate a processing plant.

By Jim J. Jubak 6 hours ago
The rare-earth processing plant that Lynas (LYSDY -0.51%) has been building in Malaysia is about 98% through the first phase of construction. The facility, which would process rare earth ore mined at the company’s Mt. Weld operation in Australia, got approval for a temporary operating license in February from the Atomic Energy Licensing Board of Malaysia.
But the company hasn’t yet actually received the license and I don’t think that the processing plant, already delayed by protests for 8 months, has a chance of getting the license or going into operation before the Malaysian general elections expected in mid-year. The plant has become a political lightening rod with local protesters asking, quite reasonably in my opinion, why an Australian company wants to site a plant that will produce mildly radioactive waste in Malaysia rather than near its mine in Australia.

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I continue to think that Lynas will get its operating permit — after the election. That would make the company one of the few rare-earth miners, in or outside of China, to own a mine and to operate a processing plant. But I’d certainly have to call this a very speculative investment as long as the political question remains unanswered.

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HIMPUNAN HIJAU 24-HOUR RALLY
OCCUPY BALOK-GEBENG 24 HOURS

Saturday, June 23 at 12:00noon – Sunday, June 24 at 12:00noon

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=391764510875458&set=a.358684627516780.104438.358683440850232&type=1&theater

Saturday, June 23 at 12:00noon – Sunday, June 24 at 12:00noon

Full day 24 hours activities galore at Balok beach to show the people’s displeasure of a rare earth plant just 25 km away from Kuantan town.

Aktiviti menduduki pantai Balok Selama 24 Jam dari 23 Jun 2012 (12 pm) untuk membantah kilang nadir bumi di Gebeng yang terletak terlalu dekat dengan perumahan di sekitar Balok dan Kuantan. Sila bagi tau semua rakan dan sahabat mengenai program ini. Tetamu undangan akan dijemput untuk menyerikan suasana.

为了延续反对莱纳斯稀土厂的热潮,绿色盛会委员会宣佈,將在6月23日发动「佔领巴洛-格宾24小时」运动,並號召全马人民踊跃出席,以终结稀土厂计划。这场大规模佔领运动將於6月23日中午12点,在关丹巴洛掀开序幕,並於24日中午12点在格宾结束。
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Star

  • 2 Jun 2012
  • The Star Malaysia

Himpunan Hijau to hold 24-hour rally

KUANTAN: The anti-Lynas group Himpunan Hijau is organising another rally – its fourth in less than a year.

“This time, it will go on for 24 hours,” said the group’s chairman Wong Tack.

He added that the latest rally, dubbed Occupy Balok-Gebeng 24 Hours, was to bring the focus back on the Lynas issue.

“We are very disappointed with the authorities for ignoring the people’s wishes, even after April 28,” Wong said yesterday.

The event would kick off at noon on June 23 and continue until the next day.

Various programmes, including a marathon ceramah, concert, drama and prayer sessions have been planned.

Himpunan Hijau to hold 24-hour rally

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Malaysian locals question mineral plant safety

Posted June 01, 2012 23:06:00

Opposition is growing to an Australian rare earths processing plant in Malaysia, with locals fearing the effect of low level radiation.

Malaysian locals question mineral plant safety
ABC Online
Residents of Kuantan in Malaysia’s east have long questioned the benefits of the $800 million plant being built by Australia’s Lynas Corporation to process rare earths. The company argues the plant is state of the art, but residents fear the effects of

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Watch the video, Lynas Busters from JB to Kuantan Part 1

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Malaysia Chronicle

Thursday, 31 May 2012 21:30

‘Busting’ Lynas all the way from Johor to Kuantan!

Written by  Himpunan Hijau

Himpunan Hijau is extremely excited about the impending visit to Kuantan by a group of cyclists from Johor who called themselves the ‘Lynas Busters’!

The Lynas Busters group of cyclists will cycle all the way from Johor Bahru to Kuantan to lend support to the struggle of the people of Kuantan to kick Lynas out of Malaysia! Their actions reflect that the anti-Lynas sentiment has spread like wildfire across the nation. The grassroot community is now empowered to take action to safeguard the environment and the well being of our future generation.

The initiators of this event, namely the Johor Yellow Flame, Millipede Bikers Team and Footprint Bicycle Team, and their family members have met with the Himpunan Hijau steering committee on 27th May 2012 in Kuantan to coordinate this event.

‘Busting’ Lynas all the way from Johor to Kuantan!
Malaysia Chronicle

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A group of cyclists from Johor Bahru kicked off a physical challenging three-day journey this morning – pedaling from the peninsula’s southernmost city to Kuantan in …

www.malaysiakini.com/news/199505

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HIMPUNAN HIJAU PRESS STATEMENT
on 27th MAY 2012
【Himpunan Hijau Continues to Strike – ‘OCCUPY BALOK- GEBENG 24-HOURS’ IS ON !】Himpunan Hijau reaffirms our strongest commitment to see Lynas out of Malaysia. We will not allow an oppressive foreign corporate colonizer to come into our country and harm our children.We are very disappointed with the authorities for their total disregard and ignorance of people’s wishes even after the massive display of people’s voices on 428. They have continued to be blind, deaf and heartless. The people are also extremely angered by the continued ridiculous charade by the government. The recently conducted PSC has confirmed our earlier conviction that it is a gimmick to drag the Lynas’ issue. It has served as another mouthpiece to bulldoze the Lynas’ project through.The recent statement by the Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI), Datuk Maximus Ongkili that he still needed to consult related experts and authorities before making a decision on the Lynas’ Temporary Operating License (TOL) has not only proven his incompetency, but revealed his continuous disrespect for the people’s intelligence.“How much longer do you want to play games with us? We challenge you to issue the TOL, or even a permanent license, if you dare. Tell us the exact date and time the ores will arrive at Gebeng. The people will be there to meet you”, said Wong Tack, chairperson of Himpunan Hijau.The committee of Himpunan Hijau has met and we’ve decided to carry out the ‘Occupy Balok-Gebeng 24 Hours’ event. The massive event will kick off at noon, 23rd June 2012 in Balok and end at noon, 24th June 2012 in Gebeng. We expect Malaysians from all corners of the country to converge in Balok-Gebeng to kick Lynas out and reiterate our strongest commitment to uphold environment justice in our beloved country.As we’ve said before, in the event that Lynas still has some breath left after 428, then we shall return and finish them off in Kuantan!Himpunan Hijau also expresses our fullest support to Datuk Ambiga, Pak Samad and members of Bersih 2.0 steering committee. We strongly condemn all acts of harassment and intimidation upon Datuk Ambiga.“The harassers can continue their despicable acts against democracy and human rights. The authorities can continue to do nothing about it. However, bear in mind, the rakyat is observing closely and we will take the appropriate action when the right time comes”’ said Wong Tack.We call upon all Malaysians who care for the future of this country to stand united with Datuk Ambiga and her team.MalaysiaKini (BC)-> http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/199181

HIMPUNAN HIJAU PRESS STATEMENT
on 27th MAY 2012
【Himpunan Hijau Continues to Strike – ‘OCCUPY BALOK- GEBENG 24-HOURS’ IS ON !】Himpunan Hijau reaffirms our strongest commitment to see Lynas out of Malaysia. We will not allow an oppressive foreign corporate colonizer to come into our country and harm our children.We are very disappointed with the authorities for their total disregard and ignorance of people’s wishes even after the massive display of people’s voices on 428. They have continued to be blind, deaf and heartless. The people are also extremely angered by the continued ridiculous charade by the government. The recently conducted PSC has confirmed our earlier conviction that it is a gimmick to drag the Lynas’ issue. It has served as another mouthpiece to bulldoze the Lynas’ project through.The recent statement by the Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI), Datuk Maximus Ongkili that he still needed to consult related experts and authorities before making a decision on the Lynas’ Temporary Operating License (TOL) has not only proven his incompetency, but revealed his continuous disrespect for the people’s intelligence.“How much longer do you want to play games with us? We challenge you to issue the TOL, or even a permanent license, if you dare. Tell us the exact date and time the ores will arrive at Gebeng. The people will be there to meet you”, said Wong Tack, chairperson of Himpunan Hijau.The committee of Himpunan Hijau has met and we’ve decided to carry out the ‘Occupy Balok-Gebeng 24 Hours’ event. The massive event will kick off at noon, 23rd June 2012 in Balok and end at noon, 24th June 2012 in Gebeng. We expect Malaysians from all corners of the country to converge in Balok-Gebeng to kick Lynas out and reiterate our strongest commitment to uphold environment justice in our beloved country.As we’ve said before, in the event that Lynas still has some breath left after 428, then we shall return and finish them off in Kuantan!Himpunan Hijau also expresses our fullest support to Datuk Ambiga, Pak Samad and members of Bersih 2.0 steering committee. We strongly condemn all acts of harassment and intimidation upon Datuk Ambiga.“The harassers can continue their despicable acts against democracy and human rights. The authorities can continue to do nothing about it. However, bear in mind, the rakyat is observing closely and we will take the appropriate action when the right time comes”’ said Wong Tack.We call upon all Malaysians who care for the future of this country to stand united with Datuk Ambiga and her team.

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Malaysian Insider

Lynas’ chief’s cautionary tale suggests Malaysia not ‘business nirvana’

KUALA LUMPUR, May 22 – Lynas Corporation chairman Nicholas Curtis has said that bilateral deals are only as good as the willingness of governments to play by their own rules, citing the Australian miner’s frustrations in starting up its Kuantan rare earths plant even as Canberra and Putrajaya inked a free trade agreement (FTA) today.

The Lynas chief was quoted today in a report in The Australian that suggested the miner’s hurdles in starting its controversial plant here was a cautionary tale for other Australian businesses interested in pursuing business deals in Malaysia as a result of the FTA.

Cabinet paper on equal media access for political parties ready: Rais; Lynas chief’s cautionary tale suggests Malaysia not ‘business nirvana

www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/lynas-chief… – Cached

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It is rumoured that he or one of his sons has shares in Lynas Malaysia but he has denied it.

Free Malaysia Today

It’s safe, Dr M backs Lynas plant

RK Anand | May 22, 2012

The former premier says the process is not harmful and warns that it will be a great loss if certain ‘misguided’ people prevented it.

PETALING JAYA: Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad has voiced his support for the controversial Lynas rare earth plant, disputing fears that it will pose a health threat.

Describing the plant’s opponents as “misguided”, he said it would be a great loss to Malaysia if these people prevented it from extracting and using the highly-clean electrical capacities of rare earth.

  1. PETALING JAYA: Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad has voiced his support for the controversial Lynas rare earth plant, disputing fears that it will pose a …

    www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2012/05/22/its… – Cached

HOWEVER, SEE WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT DR M AND HIS SON…

Investigate all the Tuns, says Mahathir; Lynas to be relocated? UMNO leaders with “THUGS” Another faction bites the dust: End of the road fo… ‘New Malaysians …

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Fate of Lynas Rare Earths plant to be taken up during Malaysia, Australia free trade pact signing

Published : Friday, May 18th, 2012
By : International Business Times

It seems Lynas and its embattled rare earthsprocessing plant in Malaysia could be included in a list of hot topics for discussion in what could be a most opportune timing as Malaysia signs a free trade agreement (FTA) with Australia on Tuesday.

Dr Craig Emerson, Australian Minister for Trade and Competitiveness, is scheduled to fly to Malaysia next week to sign the agreement with Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Inndustry (MIIT), the Bernama reported, citing an advisory from MIIT.

The two countries started negotiating for the Malaysia-Australia FTA (MAFTA) in 2005, but had to withdraw to focus on the Asean-Australia-New Zealand FTA which started in 2006. Talks for MAFTA resumed in 2009 and successfully concluded in March this year. It covers agreements on trade, services, investments and economic cooperation which the report did not specify in detail.

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The Australian rare earths miner said the LAMP is ready to go online three weeks within receipt of the TOL.

Fate of Lynas Rare Earths plant to be taken up during Malaysia, Australia free
eco-business.com
By : International Business Times

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Ongkili wants AELB’s answers on Lynas by this month

The Malaysian Insider - ‎13 hours ago‎

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili has ordered the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) to respond over issues raised by residents appealing against the nuclear regulator’s decision to award Lynas Corp a licence for its controversial rare earths plant.

The science, technology and innovation minister wrote to the legal representatives of the three residents who filed the appeal under the AELB Act in February saying “there are several issues raised by the appellants that require comments from the board.”

“The board has been ordered to comment and respond on these issues by May 31,” he wrote in the letter dated May 15.

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Operating Licence on Lynas Rare Earths Plant in Malaysia Still Hangs

NASDAQ - ‎10 hours ago‎
(IBTimes) – And so it goes. The issuance of the controversial temporary operating licence ( TOL ) for the Malaysian rare earths processing plant of Lynas Corp. continues to hang. On Tuesday night, the Atomic Energy Licencing Board (AELB), .
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Lynas still hot topic

New Straits Times - ‎15 hours ago‎
By TN ALAGESH | news@nst.com.my 0 comments KUANTAN: THE issues surrounding Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in Gebeng here took centre stage at the Pahang assembly yesterday when a Barisan Nasional assemblyman said the project was “suitable” but

KUANTAN: THE issues surrounding Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in Gebeng here took centre stage at the Pahang  assembly yesterday when a Barisan Nasional assemblyman said the project was “suitable” but blown out of proportion by certain quarters.

Housing, Basic Amenities and Transportation Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Soffi Abdul Razak said some parties had twisted the facts and this had eventually confused the people.

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Malaysiakini

Residents steam at early end to Lynas PSC session

Residents steam at early end to Lynas PSC session
Leven Woon
5:10PM May 11, 2012

Kuantan residents who took the trouble to apply for leave from work to prepare their Lynas arguments were shocked to learn that the parliamentary select committee (PSC) had ended today’s session ahead of the scheduled time.

PSC chair Khaled Nordin had decided to close the hearing around noon when it should have been 4.30pm according to the set deadline, citing no more registered participants to justify his action.

The group of seven, attending in their individual capacities, claimed that two days ago they had fixed their appointment for 2.30pm today.

It was made via ‘Save Malaysia Stop Lynas’ (SMSL) head Tan Boon Teet with the PSC secretary, they added.

PSC accused of being insincere

They slammed the PSC for not being ” sincere” for early end and questioned…

Kuantan residents who took the trouble to apply for leave from work to prepare their Lynas arguments were shocked to learn that the parliamentary select committee …

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