No official application on location from Lynas, says MB

Lynas Malaysia was given a conditional licence renewal for six months. — Bernama

KUANTAN: The rare earth processing company Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Lynas) has yet to submit a formal application on the specific location of the Permanent Disposal Facility (PDF) for its Water Leached Purification (WLP) residue in the state.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said so far, the state government has not discussed with Lynas pertaining to PDF, which is one of the conditions following the Cabinet decision to renew Lynas’ licence for another six months effective Sept 3.

“If there is a discussion or application, the priority of the state government will be the people’s safety. That part we are very clear.

“At the same time, this also involves the investment aspect as Lynas has invested billions in the country. We will look into all aspects of this issue. We want to hear the opinion of experts. If they say Lynas is safe, then we will focus on that.

“Who can we listen to if not the experts? We are not experts in this area. But what is certain is that the state government will not agree to anything that could harm the people, ” he said at the Pahang State Assembly sitting here yesterday.

Wan Rosdy was replying to a supplementary question from Lee Chean Chung (PH-Semambu) who asked on a news report that five probable locations in Pahang had been identified for the PDF, namely Lepar, Luit, Padang Tengku, Bukit Ibam and Chini.

He also explained that Lynas, owned by Australian miner Lynas Corp, and which operates in the Gebeng industrial area, was an investment brought in by the previous Federal Government through the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida).

The statement was supported by state tourism, environment, plantation and biotechnology committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin, who said the Federal Government had earlier proposed that Lynas operate in Pahang.

“So, now we wait for the Federal Government’s reply. If they say Lynas is safe, then it’s safe. The state government has no expertise unlike Putrajaya which has various technical experts, ” he said.

Mohd Sharkar said the technical experts include the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) and Malaysian Nuclear Agency. — Bernama

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