KUANTAN: Several Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia supreme council members have urged their Pakatan Harapan colleagues to make the effort to visit the Lynas plant to better understand its operations.
Wan Saiful Wan Jan said every politician could give their view on the Lynas issue, but rather than resorting to polemics, it would be better to visit the rare earth refinery first.
"At least, accept Lynas' invitation to see their facilities first, and only then make comments based on facts.
"I want to urge politicians in this Malaysia Baru to make sure our politics are based on knowledge, facts and accurate information," he said, after visiting the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant in Gebeng here on Wednesday (Aug 21).
Wan Saiful was asked to comment on PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's call for the government to review the decision to extend Lynas Malaysia's operating licence by six months.
Anwar reportedly said discussions should also continue to be held to fine-tune the decision made.
Wan Saiful said to be informed, politicians must make additional efforts rather than just read about issues from Kuala Lumpur.
"Sometimes, we have to go down to the ground to see what is happening besides listening to comments. All politicians have their views, but the best opinion is usually based on facts and figures," he said.
Also present during the visit were Bersatu supreme council members Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi, Wan Mohd Shahrir Abd Jalil and Dr Muhammad Faiz Na'aman, as well as 40 members of the party.
Akhramsyah said it would be reasonable for Pakatan's top leaders and figures such as Anwar to visit the plant.
"Perhaps they can be accompanied by experts who have previously reviewed the plant's operations. These experts can be third-party guides on aspects like safety," he said.
On Lynas' operations, Wan Saiful said they were satisfied with the management's explanation and what they have observed during their visit.
"Investments are not easy to find and when it is already here, we should actively assist in retaining these investments in Malaysia, not trying to push them away. Even if there are weaknesses, what we should do is to resolve these problems to the best of our efforts.
"Our policies must be clear. We want to attract investments to ensure economic stability in the future," said Wan Saiful.