KUALA LUMPUR: A group of protesters walked over 360km from Kuantan to send a message for better regulations for the bauxite mining industry.
The group, made up of people aged between 30 and 65, started their walk on March 12, arriving at Parliament House on Monday.
They handed over a memorandum calling for more measures to regulate bauxite mining to a representative of the Natural Resources and Development Ministry.
The memorandum was received by the ministry's principal assistant secretary, Mohd Nazif Jamaludin, who said that he would do his best to meet the protesters requests.
Jefri Jaafar Tukemin, who spoke for the protesters, said they have no intention of asking the government to stop bauxite mining.
"We are not asking to stop the mining, we just want them to introduce better regulations for it.
"The most important thing is that it does not affect the public and we don't want our children to face the pollution," he said.
Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh said the group had walked the distance because they wanted to make a stand.
"They are not fighting the mining, they just don't want the pollution. No one should be sick. They want people to be able to go fishing in the sea and no one to be suffering from health complications," she said.
Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar told the Dewan Rakyat that he would see to the requests listed in the memorandum.