PETALING JAYA: Australia has welcomed the Malaysian government’s intention to renew the operating licence of Lynas Malaysia, said its High Commissioner Andrew Goledzinowski (pic).
“We welcome the comments made in Tokyo by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad – that it is his government’s intention to renew the operating licence of Lynas Malaysia,” said Goledzinowski in a statement here yesterday.
“This comes after confirmation by Lynas that it is preparing to relocate the cracking and leaching part of its processing to Western Australia. We look forward to receiving further details of the licence renewal decision in due course,” added Goledzinowski.
On Thursday, Dr Mahathir had said that Malaysia would allow Australian rare earths producer Lynas Corp to keep operating its rare earths processing plant in Gebeng, Pahang.
Lynas Corporation also welcomed the comments.
Separately, MCA called on Bentong MP Wong Tack to push the Pakatan Harapan government for the closure of the Lynas processing plant – as promised prior to the 14th General Election.
Its publicity bureau deputy chairman Datuk Leong Kim Soon said Wong had repeatedly pinned the blame on Australia but it was clear now that the Pakatan government had no intention of pulling the plug on Lynas.
“Since Wong claimed that in the past six years, Lynas had not complied with the terms and conditions and that the enforcement authorities and Barisan Nasional had allegedly been incompetent in holding them accountable – resulting in a breach of contract – the logical response would be to follow through with his claims and shut down the plant,” he said in a statement.
“He (Wong) only has to fulfil his original promise of shutting down Lynas.”