PETALING JAYA: An NGO chief’s remarks on the activities of a gold processing company, which was used as an issue in the general election last year, turned out to be more political than environmental, said the MCA.
Party central committee member Datuk Ti Lian Ker (pic) said the issue, which Wong Kin Hoong, the chairman of Pahang Raub Ban Cyanide in Gold Mining Action Committee, harped on was made into a political tool as what was claimed could not be proven.
“Now, we have Wong admitting he could not justify the contents of an article quoting him on the subject,” said Raub-born Ti, who is the MCA Religious Harmony Bureau chief.
“The truth has prevailed,” said Ti, adding that there were some people who resorted to making controversial statements to get “a moment’s glory” via social media.
Many people, he added, were environment advocates but some caused unwarranted public anxiety by making questionable accusations.
Wong was sued by Raub Australian Gold Mining Sdn Bhd over the article “Raub folk to rally against poisonous gold” published by news portal Malaysiakini on Aug 2, 2012.
The suit was withdrawn on Wednesday after he issued an apology that was read out in court.
Raub Australian operates a gold processing plant known as Carbon-In-Leach (CIL) on Mining Certificate 483 (now known as Mining Lease 1669), in Bukit Koman, Raub,
Wong in his statement expressed regret for any embarrassment caused, adding: “I acknowledge that I am not aware of any justification to the contents of the article.”
High Court judge Justice Yeoh Wee Siam recorded the statement and the terms of settlement when the case arose on Wednesday.
According to the statement of claim, dated Sept 4, 2013, the firm said the article carried defamatory allegations, insinuating that Raub Australian utilised unsafe business practices, which compromised the health and safety of people, animals and the environment.