KUALA LUMPUR: Bauxite mining and export activities will not be allowed in Pahang despite the end of the moratorium on March 31, said Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar.
“I wish to stress that the stop-work order on mining activities will be withdrawn after all relevant parties are ready to implement and enforce the standard operating procedures (SOP) for mining and exporting of bauxite in Pahang.
“It will be carried out in a sustainable manner,” he told a press conference at Parliament lobby.
He said his ministry would be issuing strict SOP to cover the entire chain of activities related to pre- and post-mining activities.
Xavier said this included rehabilitation, logistic management and stockpile at the port.
The Mineral and Geoscience Department would not approve the operational mining scheme (OMS) to any holders of lease or mining licences until everything is fulfilled, in particular the approval of the mandatory environmental impact assessment, he said.
The ministry, he added, would have engagement sessions with local residents and environmental non-governmental organisations (NGO) on April 14.
Xavier also noted that the public could access and view the SOP
on the ministry’s website by March 31.
Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh had reportedly said local residents had expressed concerns over the
recent announcement on the lifting of the moratorium on bauxite mining.
“The announcement of the lifting of the moratorium in absence of proper SOP has given rise to concerns,” she said.
To address this issue, Fuziah added that she requested the parliamentary caucus to monitor Lynas Advanced Materials Plant in Pahang to extend its scope to include bauxite mining.