Pakatan MPs slammed over Lynas issue

Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong

KOTA KINABALU: Opposition leaders are pressing for Pakatan Harapan MPs, who made pre-election promises to shut down rare earth plant Lynas, to quit their posts or vacate their parliamentary seats.

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, DAP’s Bentong MP Wong Tack and PKR’s Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh must take responsibility for the continued operations of the plant.

“I want to ask Guan Eng and the other YBs, where is your dignity? If you had any, you should resign,” he said.

The Barisan Nasional advisory board chairman said it was now clear the rare earth plant was going to continue operations.

“Prior to the general election, they were promising to the people to have it shut down. They even claimed that it was a nuclear disaster waiting to happen,” he said in his speech when opening the Papar Umno division delegates annual meeting here yesterday.

According to Najib, it would be “right thing” for Lim to quit his post, while Fuziah and Wong should vacate their MP seats.

He said that many of Pakatan promises had not been delivered such as the supposed scrapping of highway tolls.

And in Sabah, Najib said the Pakatan government had removed the local contractor for the Pan Borneo highway, which would leave some 200 people, including local engineers jobless.

MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong also recently raised a similar call.

He said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s announcement about the intent to renew Lynas’ permit contradicted the previous statements by DAP, including by its Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin that Lynas must send the toxic waste back to its country.

In a Facebook post, he quoted Wong, who had recently called on those allowing Lynas to continue operating and permanently dispose of its waste in Malaysia, to either resign or risk being labelled traitors to the country.

“Following the announcement by the Prime Minister, will Wong Tack, Yeo Bee Yin and Fuziah Salleh and the DAP leadership resign from their positions in the government for misleading the people over the Lynas issue and betraying their Pakatan Harapan manifesto?

“Or will they stay on and be labelled traitors to the country, as suggested by Wong Tack on July 31?” Dr Wee asked on Thursday.
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