Sunday 9 September 2012
Guan Eng: First Lynas, next comes nuclear plants
The granting of the temporary operating licence (TOL) for Lynas' rare-earth plant in Gebeng showed the government’s disregard for public health, and sets a precedent for more hazardous projects to come, said DAP.
"That the BN government has no hesitation to issue the TOL to Lynas even before the general elections shows its commitment towards Lynas and profits over the people’s health.
"Clearly should BN win (the next GE), Lynas would operate fully without any restrictions followed by the building of two nuclear reactors in BN-controlled states," said DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng in a statement today.
He was referring to the government's plans to construct two nuclear power plants despite heavy public outcry.
Lim who is also Penang chief minister had pledged that the Pakatan Rakyat-led state government would not approve any land for such projects.
He added that the government's decision, despte mass resistance from the public, vindicated DAP’s move to boycott the parliamentary select committee (PSC) on the Lynas Advanced Material Plant.
"(The PSC) would merely whitewash and reinforce the claim by the BN government that a TOL should be issued as all safety concerns and standards have been satisfied," he said.
Lim said that the only avenue left for the people to close down the Lynas plant is to change the federal government.