KUANTAN — Oct. 12, 2018: Local MP Fuziah Salleh today withdrew as the head of the committee to review the operations of the Lynas Corporation Ltd. rare earth plant in Gebeng
She conveyed her decision to the Cabinet this week after making the appropriate consideration and on the basis of not wanting Lynas to shift the focus from the real issue.
Fuziah, who is a Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said her withdrawal is also to prevent her role to be questioned and that she will be more comfortable voicing issues as an elected representative.
“If I am in the committee, I cannot give any comment to the media and in public because I will be questioned,” she said after attending the Pahang Hardcore Poor Entrepreneur Carnival.
Asked who would replace her, Fuziah said Energy, Green Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin will make an announcement soon.
Commenting on the peaceful demonstration by over 1,000 Lynas workers and their families last Saturday, Fuziah instead diverted to say that the Lynas management does not talk about the plight of the 600,000 residents in the district.
She said the management only said the plant is safe and operating at low radioactive levels but does not talk about radioactive waste.
“Now we are talking about radioactive waste, not low radioactive levels. By right, the waste should not be at the Gebeng industrial site. If they say it’s safe, I challenge them to send the waste to Australia.” — Bernama