KUANTAN: Rare earth refiner Lynas Corporation has issued a letter demanding that PKR’s Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh retract and apologise for her statements about the company’s CondiSoil product.
Lynas’ general counsel and company secretary Andrew Arnold said the statements in Sinar Harian were false and defamatory.
The company took issue with Fuziah saying its chief executive officer Amanda Lacaze lied when she produced a statement stating that the company’s CondiSoil product had been approved by Sirim.
Fuziah had also reportedly said Lynas was irresponsible and untrustworthy.
Fuziah had issued her statements after Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau said in the Dewan Rakyat that Sirim had yet to give the green light for CondiSoil and a final report would only be completed by the end of August.
Tangau also said Lynas had jumped the gun in stating that the product’s safety had been confirmed.
However, Lynas later clarified that Sirim confirmed the safety of the CondiSoil formulation that was used in pilot field trials and it was that formulation for which Lynas was now seeking the Department of Environment approval and Department of Agriculture registration.
Arnold requested Fuziah to confirm within 24 hours after receipt of his letter whether the statements attributed to Fuziah were actually made by her. Fuziah said her lawyers were looking into the letter and would reply in due time.