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  • Malaysia : Activists send eviction notice to Australia’s Lynas Corp.

    Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon (left) and Natalie Lowry (right) flash an eviction notice in Sydney.

    (Photo: Supplied)

    Apart from health risks, they claim the operation is illegal, if not anomalous, for not having a proper licence. They said the business took off without a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) put in place and not complying with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recommendations. The signatories also pointed out the project lacks long-term plan for the permanent waste disposal of radioactive waste.

    Sydney-based environmental activist Natalie Lowry was released on June 30 after six days in detention. She was arrested along with 16 other Malaysians for joining a peaceful protest. She is back home and held a press conference with Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon at the Lynas headquarter located along Pitt Street.

    In a statement, she thanked supporters of her release, including hundreds that joined vigils across the country, the 34 Malaysian non-governmental organisations (NGO), and other various groups and individuals.

    She also appreciated the support of international colleagues and friends, especially Friends of the Earth International and Friends of the Earth Asia Pacific for their quick response in getting a petition going and networking across member groups across the world.

    Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon (right) joins the press conference with environmental activists at the Lynas office, Sydney.

    (Photo: Supplied)

    Lowry said she has no regrets for her act of solidarity with Malaysian people. She also urged all Australian citizens and residents to take responsibility to hold Australian corporations accountable for the impacts of their developments and operations in other countries. She added:
    As an international community we must start considering the impacts of rare earth refining and look at worlds-best-practice to contain and deal with the waste and move towards alternatives including urban mining and the recycling of rare earths, especially that rare earths are used in so many green technologies.

    The Save Malaysia Stop Lynas activist group has also urged the Malaysian Government earlier not to extend Lynas licence which is due to expire in September this year. The group lamented and claimed Lynas has failed to disclose to the public the identification of the site for the Permanent Deposit Facility (PDF) for its radioactive Water Leach Purification (WLP) waste as required under the terms of its Temporary Operating License (TOL).

    As early as 2012, the issue of radioactive waste storage disposal has never been resolved. It was suggested that wastes have to be shipped back to Australia.

    However, even the former Western Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Norman Moore Rhiannon reiterated what Lowry had said that the Australian company has no right to destroy the home of Malaysians or to endanger their health and well-being. She also called for the immediate pullout of the company from Malaysia.

  • #2

    Msian protest outside Aust High Comm re Lynas
    May 20, 2011

    Protestors have rallied outside the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur demanding that a rare earth processing plant be abandoned.

    The plant being built in Malaysia by Australia's Lynas Corporation will refine rare earth minerals from Western Australian iron ore. But the material contains the low level radioactive element thorium - and Malaysian activists say Australia should process it at home.

    Correspondent: Zoe Daniel
    Speaker: Rozaini Mohammed Rosli, spokeswoman for anti-rare earth Lynas refinery activists

    DANIEL: The campaign against the Lynas plant seems to be gaining momentum. Activists who have been voicing their opposition in the media have now held a rally outside the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur.

    Spokeswoman Rozaini Mohammed Rosli says they submitted a memorandum to the high commissioner explaining their concerns - and demanding that the plant be stopped.

    ROZAINI: Being an Australian company, the people of Malaysia would like that company to shift, operating their own operations in Australia, and not come here and establish any operational factory or such.

    DANIEL: The plant will process iron ore shipped from WA that contains the low level radioactive element thorium.

    The lucrative rare earth minerals obtained will be used in high tech batteries, TVs, mobile phones and aviation technology.

    Within two years, the plant is expected to meet a third of world demand for the materials outside China and will yield 1.7 billion dollars a year in exports.

    But the activists say Malaysia doesn't need it. The country is still cleaning up an old Mitsubishi Chemicals rare earth plant at Bukit Merah that contaminated the area and caused birth defects and leukaemia in the population.

    Rozaini Mohammed Rosli says another plant is not worth the risk.

    ROZAINI: We don't have a guarantee for the safety of the people in the future.

    DANIEL: Do you think it's realistic that the Malaysian government will stop the plant from going ahead, when it's at such an advanced stage?

    ROZAINI: They have to be a responsible government. They have so far, declined to expose any kind of information to the people. They should have consulted the people before engaging, or even thinking of having such a plant in the country.

    DANIEL: But do you realistically think you can stop it now?

    ROZAINI: We will try our best.

    DANIEL: Is there anything that the Lynas Group could do to alleviate your concerns?

    ROZAINI: Yeah, they can just stop the plant from continuing.

    DANIEL: But the Lynas plant is almost complete and should open before the end of the year.

    The company says it will be processing ore with radioactivity less than 20 times lower than the old plant that made people sick.

    In a statement though, Lynas Corporation says that it respects the community's right to speak out about the plant and welcomes the appointment of an independent panel to study the project.


    • #3

      following is from the blog world ..................

      Lynas Corporation for dummies (and Australians)
      Ryan Albrey
      March 30th, 2012

      No, this is different!This is not the case in Malaysia.

      The Malaysian public did not even find out about Lynas operations in Pahang until the construction of LAMP was almost finished. They read about it in the New York Times.

      Access to official documentation surrounding the licensing scheme is a big farce.

      Whistle-blower engineers working on the project tell of appalling breaches of basic standards in the construction while UMNO politicians seek to sow discord in the community claiming that Malaysians opposed to the Lynas plant are seeking to assist the rare earth industry in China.

      These materials will eventually come to market. Somewhere in the world, these materials will be processed and then turned into iPhones, hybrid cars and wind turbines. This environmental activist accepts that as inevitable.

      However it should not happen in Malaysia where the institutions are not mature enough to deal with opportunists like Lynas Corporation. More than skilled labour, fresh water or sulphuric acid, it is democratic oversight that makes doing business more expensive in Australia for Lynas. This is where Malaysia has its comparative advantage.

      However, the decision by the Malaysian Government to go ahead in the processing of dangerous chemicals is one that its voters will one day seek to disown.

      That day may come sooner rather than later.

      Lynas have now been granted a temporary operating license and the likelihood now that UMNO politicians will do anything to prevent Lynas from operating seems remote.

      All eyes now are on the general election due no later than April 2013. If the results of those elections are much the same as the last 50 years, Lynas will go ahead in Pahang. However it is by no means a sure thing. At the 2008 general election, Pakatan Rakyat, led by the enigmatic Anwar Ibrahim, made unprecedented progress toward establishing a genuine two coalition democracy.

      Certainly the opposition has made great headway on the back of the Lynas issue. A nationwide rally held months ago brought tens of thousands of people out onto the streets in protest. In a country where streets protests are typically met with riot police eagerly wielding batons and tear gas, the numbers present at those protests indicate significant public discontent at the way in which the Malaysian Government have handled this Lynas matter.

      Will Putrajaya (the administrative capital) fall to the opposition?

      It is certainly possible.

      Since an Australian mining company may have a hand in this, perhaps it is time that the Australian media started to look at this story more closely.


      • #4

        1,000,000 sign anti-Lynas petition
        Dorothy Cheng

        KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 29, 2013)


        • #5

          Kudos to Himpunan Hijau on its signature drive - Malaysiakini


          • #6
            Malaysian authorities accused of human rights violations
            Rowena Dela Rosa Yoon
            Jul 15, 2014

            The local police in Gebang, Malaysia have been accused of suppressing basic human rights following the illegal arrests of civilians who are protesting against the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP), an Australian-owned rare earths mining company.

            Civilians call for the release of detained protesters.

            (Photo: Himpunan Hijau)

            Over a dozen of protesters were arrested on June 22, including Australian environmental defender Natalie Lowry
            A couple joins the rally against Lynas.

            (Photo: Himpunan Hijau)
            A photo taken during the detention of Natalie Lowry.

            (Photo: Himpunan Hijau)

            Front Line Defenders has urged the authorities in Malaysia to immediately drop all charges against the 15 human rights activists.



            • #7
              Australian mining activist blacklisted in MalaysiaAustralian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and Natalie Lowlrey at the Lynas headquarter in Sydney after her release from detention in June.
              (Photo: Supplied)


              • #8
                If I ever complain about my life please slap me!


                • #9
                  Lynas Corp wins full mining licence in Malaysia despite protests
                  Rowena Dela Rosa Yoon
                  Sep 03, 2014

                  Activists hold placards during a demonstration against Australian miner Lynas in front of Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2011.
                  Pic: AP.

                  Protesters against the Lynas Advanced Material Plant (LAMP) operating in Kuantan, Malaysia face bleak days ahead after the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) granted the controversial plant a Full Operating State Licence (FOSL) after the Temporary Operating Licence (TOL) issued in 2012 expired Tuesday.

                  A full licence granted to rare earths mining company Lynas Corp Ltd. may be a big win for the industry, but for ordinary citizens battling for their health and safety it is a major setback.

                  Amin Abdullah, corporate communications manager of Lynas Malaysia SDN BHD, confirmed the board granted the company a two-year full licence. Amin said in an email to Asian Correspondent:Stop Lynas, Save Malaysia and Stop Lynas!
                  LAMP's upstream and downstream extraction sections.

                  Pic: Lynas.


                  • #10

                    I think the horse has bolted....

                    By far the largest miners and processors of rare earths in the world are the Chinese, they are close to a monopoly, and of course can be entrusted to carry on operations with the environmental sensitivity and strict regulation for which they are renowned. Perhps we should just leave it to them?:


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