Saifuddin says will abide by Cabinet's decision over Lynas' operations

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  • Friday, 23 Aug 2019

Saifuddin Abdullah

KUANTAN: Indera Mahkota MP Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah says he will abide by the Cabinet's decision over the operations of the Lynas rare earth refinery.

The Lynas Advanced Materials Plant is located within his constituency.

Saifuddin, who is also Foreign Minister, said he understood that there was still difference in opinions, even from among his party colleagues, but he believed the Cabinet had decided accordingly.

"As a member of the Cabinet, I have visited the Lynas plant and met the workers there. There are many Malaysians who work at Lynas.

"I believe the Cabinet has decided based on fair consideration and with reference to scientific opinions," he said after visiting SM Chong Hwa here on Friday (Aug 23).

"As a team member, I hold onto the decision made by the Cabinet, which I think was made after being given due consideration," he added.

He was not among the 13 ministers whom MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong had pointed out as having once signed a pledge to shut down the Lynas project.

The Atomic Energy Licensing Board announced last Thursday (Aug 15) that the Cabinet decided to renew Lynas' operating licence by another six months.

One of the conditions stipulated in the renewal required Lynas to identify a specific site to construct a permanent disposal facility for its water leach purification residue and to obtain written permission from the state government for the use of that site.

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