Fuziah responds to Lynas CEO's open letter, says govt is eco-friendly

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 02 Oct 2018

Signboard indicating the entrance to the construction site of the Lynas rare earth refinery in Gebeng.

KUANTAN: Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh has responded to the open letter from Lynas CEO Amanda Lacaze by saying: the government is committed to being eco-friendly.

The review on the Lynas rare earth refinery here will be guided by a framework of sustainable development and investments, she said.

Fuziah said the Pakatan Harapan government had clearly stated in its manifesto that sustainability is an integral part of its policy.

"Promise 39 of the Pakatan Harapan manifesto under the heading 'Balancing Economic Growth with Environmental Protection' states that 'the Pakatan Harapan government promises to govern the country, based on the principles of sustainability and sustainable development.

"In short, it will be an environmentally friendly government'," said Fuziah, who is also Lynas executive review committee chairman, in a statement on Tuesday (Oct 2).

In her open letter published in The Star on Tuesday, Lacaze appealed to the government to be fair and just, and be objective and scientific in any review of Lynas Malaysia.

Lacaze noted that the media had reported that the committee would be chaired by a person who openly admitted to being anti-Lynas.

She also said Lynas had yet to be notified of the membership of the review committee, the scope of the review or the committee's terms of reference.

Fuziah pointed out that the name of the committee clearly reflected its executive nature and thus it was chaired by an executive member of the government.

"The executive review committee on Lynas is formed by the present government to look into the safety issues regarding LAMP's (Lynas Advanced Materials Plant) operations.

"The chairman as well as members of the review committee are appointed by the minister in charge and will be representing the government in this review," she said.

Fuziah said that central to the review would be the Radioactive Waste Management Plan (RWMP) since the radioactive waste was a pertinent issue to be deliberated by the committee from the perspective of sustainability and sustainable development.

"Apart from the RWMP, the committee will also be looking into other aspects of safety such as health impacts, social impacts as well as environmental impacts."

Reports from previous review committees such as the Parliamentary Select Committee as well as recommendations by the International Atomic Energy Agency will also be considered.

"Other aspects of the review will also look into decisions by the previous government and its chronology," she said.

Fuziah emphasised that the committee was committed to safety standards and decisions that promotes inter-generational justice, as well as policies that promote sustainable investments as a future guideline for the government of the day.

She also said the committee welcomes Lynas' suggestion that the hearing be open to the public.

"The committee acknowledges the fact that Lynas and its employees are an important stakeholder to be considered by the committee as well as recognises the fact that there are other important stakeholders to be considered and for their views to be equally considered.

"Thus the review process by the committee shall be open and transparent to the various important stakeholders, as we are here representing the present government which believes in transparency, and we are here to ensure that the policies of the present government on sustainable development is being adhered to," she added.

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