Nationwide protests against Lynas rare earth plant


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 14 Apr 2012

SHAH ALAM: Several gatherings took place around the country as people voiced their objection to the Lynas rare earth plant.

A crowd gathered at Dataran Shah Alam, chanting “Tolak Lynas” (Reject Lynas), among other chants.

Among the crowd were Parti Sosialis Malaysia's secretary-general S. Arutchelvan, Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad and Meru assemblyman Dr Rani Osman.

“Until and unless it is proven to be safe, how can we allow Lynas to open?” Khalid asked.

In KUANTAN, protesters gathered at the Al-Fatah mosque in Batu 3.

Pahang PKR chairman Datuk Fauzi Abdul Rahman and Pahang PAS information chief Suhaimi Saad took turns to speak against the Lynas project, which is sited in Gebeng.

The crowd dispersed 25 minutes later.

In BATU PAHAT, a peaceful demonstration was led by a group named Solidariti Hijau SeMalaysia (SHS).

Represented by Hairuddin Abdul Rahim, they held “Stop Lynas” posters in front of the Sultan Ismail mosque.

Hairuddin said Lynas was a issue which affected everyone.

“Let's not risk our lives,” he said after the 15-minute protest.

In IPOH, a handful of people gathered near the former Asian Rare Earth (ARE) plant in Bukit Merah to protest against the Lynas project.

Led by Perak PAS secretary Dr Muhaimin Sulam, the 20-minute protest was held simultaneously with other protests nationwide.

“We decided to hold the protest here as many years ago, people living and working at the ARE plant suffered various health problems.

“We don't want the people in Gebeng, Pahang, to suffer the same fate,” Dr Muhaimin said.

In MALACCA, a peaceful demonstration took place near the Al-Azim mosque.

The group urged the Government to stop the project.

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