Lee Long Hui | MalaysiaKini
A Facebook group is planning to invite 1,000 mothers to gather at Teluk Cempaka Beach in Kuantan during Mother’s Day, to protest against Lynas’ RM700 million rare earth project in the Geben industrial zone.
This event is organised by the 1M Malaysians Reject the 100-storey Mega Tower Facebook group and will be held from 6pm to 9pm on May 8.
In a statement, the group alleges that the rare earth plant, Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp), will cause mothers to give birth to deformed babies.
“Can you imagine the pain and ache if the new life the couple and the family look forward to turns out to be mentally retarded or physically deformed? Can you imagine the agony if a mother has to decide whether or not to terminate pregnancy?
“Let’s show the resolve of the people of Kuantan and Malaysia to reject the Lynas rare earth plant,” stressed the group.
The participants are asked to attend the event together with their families, and to bring along a carnation.
Australian mining company Lynas is setting up Lamp at Gebeng, which is about 25km north-east of Kuantan.
The locals are strongly opposed to the project, claiming that the radioactive waste generated by the plant will pose a serious health threat in Kuantan.
They are afraid that what occurred at Bukit Merah, Perak between the 80s and early 90s will also happen there, as the controversial Mitsubishi Asia Rare Earth plant caused radioactive poisoning to the local residents.
Lynas, however, clarified on its Facebook page that the raw material to be processed at Lamp – sourced from the Mount Weld mining site in Western Australia – “has naturally low levels of thorium which is 50 times lower than the tin tailings used by Asian Rare Earth”.