Protect Malaysia and Put People and Planet Over Profit

KUALA LUMPUR – An estimated 150 people from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and concerned communities in Kuantan assembled in front of Parliament to urge for firm action on the Lynas issue.

A total of more than 60 NGOs assembled alongside several communities from Kuantan who drove to the city centre to hand a memorandum to a representative from the Prime Minister’s office.

The memorandum to halt environmental pollution by Lynas Malaysia, is directed to the Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the Environment, Science, Technology and Climate Change (MESTECC) minister Yeo Bee Yin, and Cabinet members.

It is a call to action for the government to put the Malaysian people first by suspending Lynas’ operating licence and the complete removal of toxic radioactive waste produced by processing rare-earth element (REE) in the chemical factory.

Greenpeace Malaysia published a report on the facility titled ‘A Radioactive Ruse’ in 2014, which suggested that residue from processing the REE typically contains pollutants such as metals (e.g.: lead and arsenic), as well as radionuclides (e.g.: thorium and uranium).

Similarly a 2014 study by UKM found that the thorium radioactivity concentration in Lynas’ water-leached purification (WLP) stream of wastes to be close to eight times higher than the regulatory exemption limit.

Independent campaigning organisation, Greenpeace Malaysia’s Campaigner Heng Kiah Chun reaffirmed the organisation’s neutral and non-partisan stance.

“We appeal to the Malaysian government to listen to our demands to suspend Lynas’s operating license and remove toxic waste from Malaysia.

“We also hope that the Malaysian government will exercise greater caution and not allow itself to be deceived into believing that Lynas can find safe disposal options for its radioactive waste,” he added.

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Protest at Government Office in Kuala Lumpur. © Nandakumar S. Haridas / Greenpeace

Non-government organizations and other Civic groups protest in front of the Malaysian Houses of Parliament in Kuala Lumpur to call on the suspension of the Rare-Earth Elements (REE) refining plant and the complete removal of toxic radioactive waste, a byproduct of processing REE owned by Lynas Malaysia.

 

OBJECTIVES OF THE MEMORANDUM

Short-term Actions:

  • Reject Lynas’ application to turn its current waste storage site into a prescribed premise to keep the massive amounts of scheduled waste
  • Ensure Lynas and/or its new owner take active steps to remove the radioactive waste from Malaysia by the September deadline
  • Thoroughly clean up the contaminated groundwater and soil
  • Ensure the promised US$50 million deposit from Lynas is paid in full in cash and not in Lynas’ shares

Long-term Actions:

  • Suspend Lynas’ operating licence to STOP Lynas polluting our environment
  • Deny Lynas from allowing any toxic waste to remain in Malaysia and risk contaminating our environment
  • Hold the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) and Department of Environment (DoE) to task to ensure they perform their mandated roles and duties with a high degree of professionalism and integrity, in the interest of Malaysia and the Rakyat

 

REFERENCES

The ‘Radioactive Ruse’ report on Lynas can be found here: http://www.greenpeace.org/seasia/Press-Centre/publications/Report-Lynas/

Al-Areqi, W. M., Ab. Majid, A., & Sarmani, S. (2014). Thorium, uranium and rare earth elements content in lanthanide concentrate (LC) and water leach purification (WLP) residue of Lynas advanced materials plant (LAMP). In AIP Conference Proceedings (Vol. 1584, pp. 93-96). American Institute of Physics Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4866110

 

For additional details and photos, please contact:

Tan Bun Teet (Save Malaysia Stop Lynas)

Email : [email protected]
WhatsApp : +6017-973 0576

Yvonne Nathan (Greenpeace Malaysia)

Email: [email protected]

Whatsapp: +6017-6628 306

 

The solidarity activity was organised by:

1. Save Malaysia Stop Lynas

2. Greenpeace Malaysia

3. Himpunan Hijau

4.Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam (PEKA) Malaysia.

5. Persatuan Aktivis Sahabat Alam (KUASA)

6. Pertubuhan Alam Sekitar Sejahtera Malaysia (GRASS Malaysia)

7. Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM)

8. Consumers Association of Penang (CAP)

9. North South Initiative

10. Center for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC)

11. SMSL Segamat

12. Stop Lynas Coalition

13. Gelombang Hijau

14. Aliran Kesedaran Negara

15. Pergerakan Tenaga Akademik Malaysia (GERAK)

16. Malaysian Physicians for Social Responsibility

17. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)

18. BaramKini

19. Mama BERSIH

20. OHMSI

21. Citizens’ Health Initiative

22. Persatuan Penggerak Hijau

23. Ban Cyanide Action Committee

24. Himpunan Hijau Johor

25. Persatuan Penunggang Basikal Jelajah Bumi Hijau

26. University of Malaya Association of New Youth (UMANY)

27. Johor Yellow Flame (JYF)

28. ENGAGE

29. Perak Green Pioneer

30. Women Development Organisation of Malaysia

31. The KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Women Section

32. Green Earth Society

33. KRYSS

34. Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor (PSWS)

35. Beyond Borders

36. Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)

37. Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA)

38. Malaysian Nature Society Pahang

39. Sabah Women’s Action-Resource Group (SAWO)

40. Pusat KOMAS

41. To Earth With Love

42. Tanah Dahai

43. Centre for Independent Journalism Malaysia

44. Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Semenanjung Malaysia (JKOASM)

45. Sustainable Development Network Malaysia (SUSDEN Malaysia)

46. Foreign Spouses Support Group

47. Treat Every Environment Special ( TrEES)

48. Sahabat Rakyat 人民之友 மக்கள் தோழர்கள

49. Health Equity Initiatives

50. Justice for Sisters

51. Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia

52. Tenaganita

53. Jaringan Orang Asal Semalaysia (JOAS)
54. Monsoons Malaysia

55. Friends of Kota Damansara

56. MyPJ

57. HAKAM

58.The Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (PROHAM)
59. Student Unity Front UKM (SUF)
60. Bersih Gold Coast

61. Bersih Timor Leste

 

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