Visit Lynas’ plant first, Bersatu members tell Pakatan

KUANTAN: Several Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia supreme council members have urged their Pakatan Harapan colleagues to make an effort to visit the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant to better understand its operations.

Wan Saiful Wan Jan said while they could give their views on the issue, it would be better to pay a visit to the rare earth refinery first, rather than resorting to polemics.

“At least accept the invitation by Lynas to see their facilities.

“I urge politicians in this Malaysia Baharu to make comments based on knowledge, facts and accurate information,” he said after visiting the plant in Gebeng near here yesterday.

Wan Saiful was commenting about 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 also said discussions should continue to be held to fine-tune the decision made.

Wan Saiful said that to be informed, politicians must make the extra effort rather than just read about issues from Kuala Lumpur.“Sometimes, we have to go 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 added.

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.

“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 had 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.”
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