PUTRAJAYA: The government will not issue bauxite export licences (AP) to parties that violate the moratorium period currently being enforced until Dec 31, said Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar.
He said the ministry was informed there were individuals or entities carrying out bauxite mining activities illegally during the moratorium period.
“As the enforcement aspect of illegal mining is under the state government’s jurisdiction, the ministry will work with the Pahang government in addressing the issue and will take firm action by not issuing export licences to any parties that fail to comply with the moratorium,” he said in a statement here yesterday.
He said the state government could take enforcement action in accordance with the Pahang State Mineral Enactment if any parties were found to have illegally mined bauxite on government land.
“If the mining is on own land, additional penalty is liable to be imposed for violating the conditions,” he said.
The government agreed last Friday to issue the AP within a reasonable time frame to the companies involved in removing the bauxite stockpile in the port area first.
The decision was made after Dr Xavier held a meeting with Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail to obtain more holistic inputs, views and insights on the direction of the mining industry and bauxite exports in the state.
Earlier, the ministry had also held an engagement session involving representatives of the people as well as another session with the bauxite mining and exporting industry in Pahang to hear their views.
Meanwhile, Dr Xavier said a taskforce would be set up to provide a new standard operating procedure on mining, transport, stockpile management and bauxite exports. — Bernama
When the moratorium is withdrawn later, he said all industry players, including miners who are granted the export licence needed to sign the Letter of Pledge to comply with all the conditions set to ensure Pahang’s bauxite mining industry was conducted in a sustainable manner.
“If any party is found to have violated any conditions set, the government will not hesitate to halt their operations immediately,” he said.