KUANTAN: MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker has once again asked Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh to resign following the government’s decision to extend Lynas’ operating licence.
He said the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department should take responsibility as her election campaign had focused on the closure of the rare earth plant in Gebeng here.
“That way she can be accountable to the people, ” he said.
He said Fuziah was not just voted in as the Kuantan MP but she was now part of the government as well.
Ti, who is also Kuantan MCA chairman, said the people of Kuantan should be given the opportunity to have a fresh referendum on their representative and this issue.
As for Bentong MP Wong Tack, Ti said he should also dissociate himself from Pakatan Harapan if he was still holding on to the anti-Lynas struggle.
Separately, Wong said he would still fight for the interest of the people as it was in the spirit of Malaysia Baharu to stick to his stand, although it was different from the government’s.
He said it was in this spirit that he would attend a rally tomorrow, even though Pakatan would be the target of the anti-Lynas movement.
On the licence extension, he said it was not acceptable to grant the rare earth materials producer another six months to present its permanent disposal facility (PDF) plan when it had not been able to come up with one after years in operation.
“The conditions are also ambiguous. What happens if Lynas is not able to identify a PDF site after six months? We also want to know when Lynas will construct the PDF and how much time will be given for it to do so.
“We want the Atomic Energy Licensing Board or the minister to come forward and tell the people clearly how they intend to deal with Lynas’ waste, ” he added.
Asked whether he had spoken to Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin about this, Wong said he had already pointed out the matter to her but had yet to receive a response.
Gerakan president Datuk Dr Dominic Lau also slammed the government, saying that the conditions given to Lynas were just dragging the matter and that it would eventually continue to operate in Malaysia.
“The rare earth waste would remain in Malaysia forever, posing a threat to future generations.
“Which country is willing to accept this toxic rare earth waste?” he asked
If Wong was sincere about his opposition to Lynas, he should quit as an MP, Lau added.