Guan Eng: Lynas issue is proof DAP is not the 'kingmaker', as Opposition alleges


Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng at the National Tax Conference 2019 on Aug 5, 2019. - RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star

PETALING JAYA: The decision to allow Lynas Corp's rare earth operations in the country is proof that DAP is not the kingmaker in Pakatan Harapan as alleged by the Opposition, says Lim Guan Eng.

The DAP secretary-general said former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had continually alleged that the DAP is the "kingmaker" in Pakatan, adding that the party's ministers, who are non-Muslims, had caused "escalating tension" among the Malays.

Lim said such "lies were exposed when DAP did not succeed in convincing Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to close down the Lynas rare earth plant, but would continue to persuade the Prime Minister to understand the genuine concerns of environmentalists".

He added that Najib contradicted himself when he asked DAP leaders to resign for failing to close down the Lynas rare earth plant.

Lim, who is also Finance Minister, said in a press statement on Monday (Aug 19) that racial political tactics used by the Oppostition had reached a "dangerous level" following the latest issue on controversial preacher Zakir Naik.

"They hope to create a perfect chaos to see the end of Pakatan," added Lim.

He said that neither the Opposition nor the media it controls would highlight the success of the Pakatan government in recording a 4.9% economic growth in the second quarter of 2019, compared with 4.5% in the first quarter.

Lim said Malaysia is the only Asean country that has recorded higher economic growth in the second quarter, compared with the first quarter of the year.

He went on to say it was typical for the Opposition to resort to racist and religious extremist stereotypes, but sang a different tune when facing non-Malays and non-Muslims.

Lim said the Opposition's ambitions to regain power – by playing up racial hatred and religious fears – would not succeed as the Pakatan government was committed to adopt a rational and moderate approach towards both nation-building and handling hot-button issues.

"Furthermore, the Pakatan government is committed to listen to the people, including differing views, even when decisions are made to actively explore better alternatives.

"This is part and parcel of democracy and DAP leaders will continue to play an active part towards better decision-making that will improve democracy, public health and safety, as well as the living standards of the rakyat," said Lim.

On Sunday (Aug 18), Dr Mahathir said the decision to allow Lynas to continue operating in the country is based on expert view, despite protests over the matter.

The premier said that the Government cannot always pander to popular views, adding that the Government had sent scientists to examine the operations in Gebeng, Pahang.

Dr Mahathir said experts found there was no danger found but some quarters insisted that the plant was dangerous.

Earlier on Sunday, anti-Lynas protestors had showed up at Taman Gelora in Kuantan to protest the Cabinet's decision to renew Lynas' operating licence for another six months, effective Sept 3.

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