Tuesday 13 November 2012

S'wak anti-dam group joins anti-Lynas march

In a show of solidarity, volunteers from the SAVE Rivers campaign will join environmental group Himpunan Hijau on a 14- day march from Kuantan to the Parliament which starts today.

NONE"Our participation in the Green March is also our way of showing solidarity to other communities facing similar battles in their backyard," said campaign representative Baram Protection Action Committee chairperson Philip Jau in a statement.

He noted that Kuantan is the birthplace of the Green Rally, established to stop the rare earth refinery in Gebeng, and has become a platform for other environmental concerns.

The group itself is embroiled in a fight against 12 proposed mega-dams in Sarawak, with at least one blockade ongoing at a construction site.

azlanPhilip will lead eleven others, including three women, to join the 300km journey.

SAVE Rivers is part of an environmental collective formed to highlight green issues called the "Green March".

Other members include Himpunan Hijau, Raub Ban Cyanide Commitee, and the Pengerang Coalition.

Philip plans to use this opportunity to inform and garner support from West Malaysians to stop the 12 mega-dams in Sarawak.

The 40-member Himpunan Hijau march led by its chairperson Wong Tack, is set to walk from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur and plans to submit their memorandum on Nov 26 at Parliament House.

Himpunan Hijau has been leading a vociferous lobby against the Lynas rare earths refinery in Gebeng, Kuantan.

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