02 Mar '12, 9am

The Lynas Project is now a Political Hot Potato

The Lynas Project is now a Political Hot Potato

The Lynas rare-earth refinery has become a hotbed of controversy. Prime Minister Najib Razak has gone to great lengths to justify the need to have the RM700 million refinery operate at a small town in his home-state. According to Najib, the government has already reviewed Lynas Corp’s operations and the firm has been given strict guidelines to follow. “We would not give an operating license unless we are satisfied that the local community can accept that this project is safe,” he told the press in the wake of the 20,000-strong Himpunan Jijau 2.0 protest held last weekend. The PM also noted that one of the conditions attached to Lynas Corp’s Temporary Operating Licence is that the disposal of toxic waste materials must be done at a remote location away from the local community. But this does not in any way appease or help to assure Malaysians especially the residents in Geb...

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