KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 2019 : Minister Yeo Bee Yin has disputed reports that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday said the government will allow Lynas Corp to continue rare earths refining operation at its plant in Gebeng near Kuantan.
Yeo, who is in charge of energy, science, technology, environment and climate change insisted that Lynas will only be allowed to stay in the country if it resolves the issue of waste produced at its plant.
“Actually today I saw the (video) clip of Dr Mahathir’s interview, then I realised actually his position is, Lynas has to ship out its waste, his answer was very long, most of the time he was talking about waste, but unexpectedly the focus was blurred, so actually the government is still very concerned about the issue of waste,” she said in an interview last night.
She said the decision on whether the government is to allow Lynas to continue operations in Malaysia will be made after her meeting in Australia.
Dr Mahathir yesterday said the government will renew Lynas’ operating licence.
Meanwhile, deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Fuziah Salleh, who is a leading advocate for the closure of the Lynas plant accused the media of imposing a “black out” on Dr Mahathir’s statement which she insisted imposed the condition that the company must ship back its waste to Australia before its licence is to be renewed.
“I watched in detail the interview of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Japan on the Lynas issue.