Lynas plant should be scrapped, says Khir Toyo

SHAH ALAM, March 30 — Umno’s Dr Mohd Khir Toyo has waded into the controversy surrounding the construction of the Lynas refinery in Gebeng, Pahang, saying that it should not be built as its disadvantages outweigh the plant’s usefulness.

“As far as I am concerned, personally for me, it should not (be built)… this can chase business out of the country, because of speculation of it being unsafe.

“If it’s really not worth it, do not build it,” Khir(picture) told The Malaysian Insider in an exclusive interview last week.

The former Selangor mentri besar suggested that the government should repay the investment made by Lynas Corp if it decided to not go ahead with the refinery, saying that safety and confidence of the public was a priority.

The Sungai Panjang assemblyman however praised Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for saying he would scrap plant’s construction if there was scientific evidence to prove it was hazardous.

“Rare earths are a problem, and I am happy PM Najib says that if Lynas was dangerous it would be scrapped. It is best if this case gets professional views, even if we have to hire people overseas it is okay,” he added.

Najib told radio station 988FM in an interview last week he would scrap the Lynas plant if there was scientific evidence to prove it was hazardous.

Putrajaya announced that it would set up a Parliamentary Select Committee on the Lynas rare earths plant in Kuantan, which has stoked fears of radiation pollution.

The committee on Lynas was approved in the Dewan Rakyat recently amid opposition furore over the alleged lack of terms of reference and suspicion that the nine-man panel will be used to “whitewash” the issue.

Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers also questioned the point of the select committee given that Najib had already said the government will not be bound by the panel’s findings.

They subsequently announced a boycott of the panel, saying it has no power to decide the fate of the RM2.3 billion project.

The decision to set up the panel came after months of fierce opposition to the project from PR, civil society groups and the public.

Thousands of anti-Lynas protestors attended an opposition-backed rally by Himpunan Hijau last month in the largest protest yet against the refinery, which is expected to fire up later this year.

Critics allege that Lynas Corp has failed to give enough assurances on how it will handle the low-level radioactive waste that will be produced at the plant, 25km from Kuantan city centre.

But the Australian miner maintains that waste from the Gebeng plant will not be hazardous and can be easily recycled for commercial applications

3 thoughts on “Lynas plant should be scrapped, says Khir Toyo

  1. How to scrap it? The commissions have already been paid to all the umno top dogs and chua soil licker. Will they refund the money?

  2. Now this indicted Umno scumbag and corrupted is only trying to speak for the well being of the people for a change just because the rest of scumbags and the corrupted Umnoputras decided to dumped him aside. He is now a liability and no one from Umno would dare to go near him let alone to nominate him for any political appointment !
    Because he now has no where else to for political help or assistance and most of all for political support and hence he is an out of date politician. He is a desperate, very desperate indicted politician and who decided to nominated and endorsed him as the M.B. of Selangor in the first place ? Also remember the ex-railway keeper from Klang who built for himself a ‘palace’ bigger than the Sultan, he too was an Umno scumbag and an active corrupted Umno politician and who was the mentor of these politicians ?
    He is non other but the grand son of the pariah from Kerala, the shenanigan Mahathir, during his tenure as P.M. he was too busy stealing for himself and also to ensure that he remained as president of Umno and thus as P.M. of Malaysia had to keep his eyes closed, he had to, least his corruptions would be disclosed and most of all his support within Umno as president would be diminished. The shenanigan stole big time in the name of a Malay when he is only a mamak ! You don’t need the brain of a genus to know why he adamantly claims to be a Malay when he is only a mamak ?

  3. Lynas should be scrapped but it cannot be done as all the Umno flers have already got their percentage cut. The only way to boot out Lynas is to boot out BN.

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