BENTONG – May 4, 2018: MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has lambasted his opponent in the May 9 elections, Wong Tack, for exploiting a fake environmental issue to score brownie points in the 2013 elections.
Liow, who will face Wong in the Bentong parliamentary seat for the second time, fired the salvo after being informed that the Lynas rare-earth issue, which was hyped up by Wong seven years ago, did not appear to be true.
A recent check of the vicinity of the Balok river in Gebeng near Kuantan showed no visible signs of the area becoming a highly-radioactive wasteland as claimed by Wong.
The self-styled environmentalist turned politician had turned his demand for the closure of the Lynas Corporation Ltd.’s refinery plant there into a main issue in GE13.
“He had twisted the fact (about the plant) and an insincere environmentalist,” said Liow after speaking at a rally in Felda Lurah Bilut today.
While Wong claimed that his crusade against Lynas was non-partisan, critics argued that it reeked of political undertones after he was fielded by the DAP in Bentong in 2013 when he narrowly lost to Liow by 379 votes.
“He brands himself as an environmentalist but I don’t see him bellowing anything about the environmental issues such as the charcoal factory and massive floods in Penang,” needled Liow.
Liow was referring to the illegal charcoal factory in Penanti which was touted by locals there last year to be the main reason why some had gotten cancer and a myriad of respiratory illnesses.
As for the massive flooding, Liow was referring to last September’s deluge that crippled large parts of Penang island which the state government had consistently denied of being aggravated by rampant hill-slope development.