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Published: Monday January 7, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday April 22, 2013 MYT 4:55:17 PM

PAS to seek judicial review to stop Petronas project in Pengerang

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS will seek a judicial review at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Wednesday to temporarily halt the Petronas Refinery and Petrochemicals Integrated Development (Rapid) project at Pengerang.

PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub said the project should be put on hold so that the Government could review the project as it had affected the locals.

The relocation of remains at certain Muslim graves was not done according to the Islamic procedures, adding that they were put away under a tree as well as in a van, he claimed during a press conference at the party's headquarters here on Monday.

Gabungan NGO Pengerang chairman Anis Afida Mohd Azli said the Johor Islamic Religious Council had released a licence to the contractor, which she claimed to be Johor Islamic Corporation, for the relocation of graves but procedures were not followed.

“The remains should have been respectfully placed into coffins but instead they were just piled up,” she said.

She added that 249 graves were dug up even though only 198 graves were supposed to have been relocated.

Salahuddin claimed a proper notice was not given to family members before the graves were dug up.

He stressed that PAS was not against any development as long as it did not displace villagers from their villages, did not touch burial grounds and adhered to environmental regulations.

Tags / Keywords: Nation, News, Court, judicial review, Petronas Refinery and Petrochemicals Integrated Development project, Rapid, Pengerang

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