'...level of arsenic found in fish caught in the water sources in the area at 101.5 mg/kg is way above the permissible level of of 1mg/kg...''...Magnesium levels found were some three times higher than the tolerable daily intake for adults...'
'...Dr Hilmi[Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya] said the ministry’s findings from the numerous samples tested were also similar to those highlighted by the NST. “We have tested various samples. Fish, vegetables, etc. We, too, found heavy metals and arsenic in some of them.”..Dr Hilmi cautioned the people to be extremely careful when consuming such fishes and vegetables,“The increase in bauxite mining activities in recent times has contributed to the increase in a number of health complications, such as respiratory and allergy problems. This is not good in the long run, as it can lead to cancer....SHUTTING down all bauxite mines in Pahang is the most effective solution to the worsening health and environmental hazards due to bauxite contamination, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said.
On Wednesday, Adnan said the Department of Environment and the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) had collected water, soil and bauxite samples to be tested for radioactivity levels, with results to be known in a month’s time.“The question on people’s mind is why the state government can’t close down everything, but that is a separate matter. Whatever it is, we will wait for the outcome from the minister’s[Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau] visit and AELB’s findings.
Face the toxic facts
6 August 2015 @ 12:00 PM (New Straits Times)
‘Shutting down mines best option’
By Audrey Dermawan - 7 August 2015 @ 11:00 AM
Friday August 7, 2015 MYT 7:36:17 AM
MB: No halt to bauxite mining
Aug 6, 2015
Bauxite mining future to be known after AELB results
Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob said it was the right thing for them to wait for the conclusive finding from the analysis, which was expected to be known in a month.
He said Natural Resources and Environment Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar was scheduled to visit several bauxite mining lands in Kuantan on Monday.
"The visit is based on the instruction by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak. During the visit, Wan Junaidi will hear briefing by related state agencies.
"I have instructed state secretary (Muhammad Safian Ismail) to prepare the briefing details and for the minister to be brought to Sungai and Pantai Pengorak, Gebeng, and Bukit Goh (where the mining activities take place)," he told reporters in Kuantan, Pahang, today.
Adnan said he and Wan Junaidi were also scheduled to hold a meeting after the visit, to discuss on the next course of action to be taken to solve the situation.
He also clarified that the state government took the matter seriously but could not close down the bauxite mining operations immediately since it also generated income for some people.
This included lorry drivers, workshops owners, and small hawkers around the bauxite mining operation areas, he said.
"I never said that the economic stake is so high until we can't take action but for now, we must also consider the people who are making a living from this.
"The problem is caused by the operators and lorry drivers who do not adhere to the regulations," he said, hoping that a settlement would be found in which everybody's interests would be looked after.
Adnan noted that currently, the state government was relying on enforcement efforts by relevant authorities to reduce problems faced by the public caused by lorries involved in the transportation of bauxite.
For example, Adnan said the state Land and Mines Department had seized 125 lorries while 677 summonses had been issued by the police relating to various offences during the transporting of the mineral.