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Monday June 20, 2011

Fuziah: Barisan MPs in ‘quiet fight’ against Gebeng plant

PETALING JAYA: PKR vice-president Fuziah Salleh claims that at least 10 members of parliament (MPs) from Barisan Nasional have “quietly” joined the fight against the proposed rare earth processing plant in Pahang.

She alleged that the MPs had not done this openly for fear of being labelled supporters of the Opposition.

“The MPs approached me after I spoke on the subject in Parliament (on Thursday).

“They asked me to continue the fight as they were also concerned about the impact of the plant on public health and the environment,” the Kuantan MP said, commenting on the public outcry over the RM700mil facility in Gebeng to process rare earth minerals from Australia.

Fuziah said the Barisan MPs complimen- ted her on the speech.

“They said the speech was good and factual. They asked me to continue fighting and said they would support me quietly,” she told The Star.

Fuziah said the MPs could be having reservations about objecting to the Lynas plant openly after Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob accused MCA representatives in the state for behaving like the Opposition over the project.

Fuziah said issues concerning public health and the environment should transcend politics, adding that the issue was serious as the public was concerned of effects of radioactive pollution.

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