KUANTAN (Bernama): Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh (pic) has withdrawn as the head of the committee to review the conditions of operation for Lynas Corporation Ltd's rare earth plant.
She said she conveyed her decision to the Cabinet last Tuesday after considering the matter and also to prevent Lynas from shifting the focus from the real issue.
Fuziah, who is also a Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, said her withdrawal is to prevent questions over her role and that she would be more comfortable voicing issues as an elected representative.
"If I am in the committee, I cannot give any comments to the media and in public," she said to reporters after attending the Pahang Hardcore Poor Entrepreneur Carnival here on Friday (Oct 12).
Asked who would replace her in the committee, Fuziah said Energy, Green Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin would make the announcement soon.
Commenting on the peaceful demonstration by over 1,000 Lynas workers and their families last Saturday, Fuziah said the Lynas management does not talk about the plight of the 600,000 residents in the district.
She said the Australian management only said that the plant is safe and operating at low radioactive levels but does not talk about radioactive waste.
"Now, we are talking about radioactive waste, not low radiation levels. If so, the waste should not be in the Gebeng Industrial Site. If they say it's safe, I challenge them to send the waste to Australia," she said. –Bernama