IPOH — Nov. 29, 2019: Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu has clarified that the recent memorandum of understanding with a China company is to first identify rare-earth and not immediate mining.
Thus he calls for calm.
The MoU is between the state and Chinalco GXNF Rare Earth Development.
“This MoU is for exploration, we want to find out the elements present in the soil and after we are certain, we will do a research on whether it is economical and beneficial for us to extract them. We are not signing the MoU today to have them extracted tomorrow.
“Any mining for gold, tin or tin tailing must be studied for its environmental impact assessment and the state government has added another study called the social impact assessment,” Faizal said after the launchof the 2019 Perak SADC Agrofest today.
Faizal was commenting on a statement by Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia president Datuk Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil, who had asked the state government to stop and not initiate any activities on rare-earth exploitation in the state.
Faizal said the government is open to suggestions on proposals by the private sector but that does not mean it is in favour of them.
“Just like when some claimed that the state government will set up an oil refinery in Segari, Lumut. It was just a proposal by a private company, it doesn’t mean we agree to it.
“It is not for the state government to close the door when the private sector comes up (with a proposal),” he said, asking all parties to stop commenting on the rare-earth issue. — Bernama