Ketibaan YB Wong Tack.
“We want to ask why there has been no transparency over the last few years, about information we cannot access regarding the approval process, and about the operating process in the Lynas plant.
“This hearing also did not give the people an opportunity to engage in dialogue and openly question the approving authorities. Until today, we still have no free access to their information.”
【零距离】#9 黄德 Wong Tack
MEDIA STATEMENT BY WONG TACK, MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR BENTONG ON TUESDAY, 16 OCTOBER 2018
Over the past few weeks I have watched all the drama by Lynas with amazement and amusement. They continue to conduct themselves with their kind of corporate behavior which is ingrained with colonialism mentality, resorting to corporate tactics of manipulations, enticements and threats. Profits and gains cloud minds which are devoid of a sense of humanity. We would like to send Lynas a clear message that the rakyat of the new Malaysia will not buy this sort of tactics anymore.
They even have the cheek to ask for a fair, just and transparent review.
“Were they and the previous corrupt regime who allowed them to operate in this country ever fair, just and transparent to the people?
The joint-ministerial statement issued by four ministers namely Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry, Dato’ Sri Panglima Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dato’ Sri Douglas Unggah, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment and Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Health on 10th December 2012 (as attached), that was about three months after the issuance of a two years Temporary Operating License (TOL) to Lynas, clearly states :
1. The TOL granted to Lynas requires as a specific condition that the company removes all the residue by LAMP out of Malaysia. This include all products made from the residue. The Cabinet has also endorsed this condition.
2. Should Lynas fail to comply with this condition, the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) is empowered under Section 22 of the Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984 (Act 304), to suspend or revoke the TOL and order Lynas to immediately cease operation.
Now, six years on, the people has witnessed a foreign company that is so powerful that they do not need to abide by a directive issued by the Malaysian Cabinet. Lynas’ TOL was not only not revoked but they managed to get their operating licenses renewed twice since then. Today, the tens of thousands of tons of Lynas’s toxic radioactive wastes are still piling up like mountains in the backyard of the 700,000 community of Greater Kuantan.
Lynas, your time was up years ago.
Some people have wondered why I have not been actively responding to Lynas’ games and cheap spins. The reason is very simple.
“Over the past 7 years, were the people not loud enough, said enough, explained enough, and our actions not clear enough?”
The rakyat has installed a new government on May 9th 2018. We are no longer in the opposition. Lynas may not seem to come to terms with this reality yet but the people must come to the realization that the government has changed. Many of those who marched or stood with me on the streets are now my comrades in parliament. And all of them still hold on strongly to the conviction that Lynas must be shut down.
As a member of the new ruling people’s government, I will do my best within my capacity to ensure the people’s aspirations are fulfilled.
So, let’s allow the Executive Committee, relevant agencies and Ministry to go through the due process. I am confident our new Pakatan Harapan government will not allow our country to be used as the dumping ground for foreign radioactive contaminated wastes and subject our people to unnecessary health risks. This government will not disappoint the millions of Malaysians who want Lynas to pack up and sent back to Australia!
Link to the attached joint ministerial statement dated 10th December 2012 : http://www.aelb.gov.my/…/doku…/kenyataan-akhbar/10122012.pdf
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Media Statement by DAP MP for Bentong Wong Tack on 11 August 2018:
No compromise to finding a solution to cyanide pollutionin industrial mining
On 9 August, the concerns of the villagers of Bukit Koman, Raub in Pahang were raised in the first Dewan Rakyat sitting since Pakatan Harapan wrested federal power on May 9.
The answers provided by the Minister of Water, Land and Natural Resources Dr Xavier Jayakumar have disappointed not only the Bukit Koman’s Ban Cyanide Action Committee but also ignited discontent among many Malaysians that have long followed the struggle of the activists, judging from the views that had been expressed on the social media.
Although the mine has since discontinued its operation, the Bukit Koman residents are still facing a cyanide contaminated gold mine with toxic residues lingering in their surroundings.
As a MP that has made environmental protection and justice as my core business, I, therefore, raised their long-standing worries and longing for a solution to make things right in the august house.
I’d also enquired if the government intend to ban the use of cyanide in the gold mining industry and if indeed the economic benefits from such commercial activities outweigh the cost of a clean environment and public health.
No doubt, the reply from the Minister was disheartening. However, as most of us are still new to the administration of the country, I would like to give the benefits of doubt to the Minister that he was not given the full picture by his officials.
Therefore, I have taken the approach to alert him (in the corridor after the session) by citing a particular misinformed fact with the intention to illustrate the importance for Ministers to verify answers provided by their respective ministries’ official.
As a government backbencher, I believe it is also my duty to work with the ministers to find solutions to our shared problems. But that does not equal to being compromised.
I welcomed the Minister’s intention, conveyed to me in private, that he would be happy to inspect the mine in Bukit Koman to gain first-hand knowledge. The Bentong and Raubparliamentary teams will certainly provide the necessary assistance for the visit should he required it.
Finally, we look forward to work together with the relevant ministries to work towards an acceptable outcome for the Bukit Koman case and the lessons learnt will be applied to ensure that the remaining three mines elsewhere in Pahang will be managed in accordance to the highest sustainability requirements.
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“Saya, Wong Tack setelah dipilih sebagai seorang Ahli Dewan Rakyat adalah dengan ini mengangkat sumpah dengan sesungguhnya bahawa saya akan menunaikan kewajipan-kewajipan saya sebagai yang demikian, dengan jujur dengan segala daya upaya saya, bahawa saya akan menumpahkan taat setia yang sebenar kepada Malaysia, dan akan memelihara, melindungi dan mempertahankan Perlembagaannya.”
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