KUANTAN: A village chief has lodged a police report against an anti-Lynas activist and Bentong MP Wong Tack for allegedly misrepresenting villagers.
In his report Kampung Balok chief Mansor Mokhtar claimed that Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas (SMSL) chairman Tan Bun Teet had lodged a police report in June without first consulting them.
“Tan linked the groundwater contamination in the area with Lynas and stated that residents in Kuantan and around Balok were worried about the prospect of Lynas having its licence renewed.
“He indirectly represented us when we already stated our stand that we will only trust experts, and they have found Lynas to be safe, ” said Mansor at the Beserah police station here recently.
He said Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry deputy secretary-general K. Nagulendra confirmed that Lynas was not the source of the contamination.
“This was strengthened by Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar who said there was no contamination around Lynas.
“Therefore, not only is Tan’s report incorrect, but the fact that he involved us is also wrong, ” said Mansor.
As for Wong, he said the MP did not meet with villagers or ask for their opinion first before stating that it was the aspiration of the Pahang people, especially Kuantan residents, to reject Lynas.
“He cannot simply make a statement as though he’s representing all Kuantan residents, ” Mansor said.
He said the statements by the two individuals were not honest as the community closest to the Gebeng industrial area had not appointed them as spokespersons.
He said anti-Lynas activists also claimed to have the support of 80 to 90 NGOs when in fact villagers were not even sure about the authenticity of the registration of those organisations.
“According to the list, there are NGOs from as far as Miri, Sarawak. We hope the police can investigate this matter as it is suspicious.
“We want these lies to stop. We do not want to be their tool to deceive people who do not live here, ” said Mansor.
Meanwhile, Tan was quoted by a news portal as saying the police report against him and Wong was an effort to stop a rally against Lynas scheduled for Aug 18.
He also claimed that the pro-Lynas villagers could be trying to frighten others from joining the rally.