PETALING JAYA: Rare earth producer Lynas Corp has said that social media posts linking them to videos of a barge containing bauxite sinking in Kuantan waters are false.
They said that the Kuantan Port had clarified the incident did not happen in Malaysian waters and that the material on the barge was nickel ore and not bauxite.
“Lynas does not mine or produce bauxite or nickel ore. Bauxite and nickel ore are not rare earths and Lynas does not mine any material in Malaysia, ” they said in a statement on Monday (Nov 11).
Video clips of a barge supposedly carrying 'radioactive ore' from Australia to Lynas breaking into two and polluting the sea around Kuantan have been spreading on social media recently.
Lynas said that all material imported and exported from the Lynas plant is packaged in containers.
“The commentary being pushed on social media continues a pattern of disinformation promoted by anti-Lynas activists over many years.
“We are disappointed to see that a small group of activists continue to spread misinformation about Lynas Malaysia and are causing fear and confusion in the community.
“We support our local assemblyman in calling for people to obtain information from genuine sources before they share it on social media.
“We also support the Prime Minister when he says that we must listen to the experts on matters of science. Lynas Malaysia is safe and we are proud to take care of our communities, our people and the environment, ” they said.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said in August that Lynas will be allowed to continue to operate in Malaysia, but it needed to present a plan on how it will deal with its rare earth processing waste.
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