Unlike the Lynas issue, which involved an Australian company, this bauxite issue involves FELDA settlers, local land owners, and local businesses, all of whom likely to be voters. Hence, the possible reason in the perceived 'double standards' when it comes to a response.
The Lynas issue was really about potential risk sometime in the future... BUT with regard the Kuantan bauxite mining issue, it is no more a case of future risk; people are already being affected - even the Health Ministry did say so...
“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.... -Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya
See earlier posts:-
Pahang:- Fish high arsenic levels? - Suspend Bauxite Mining Now - Health More Important than Money??
Bauxite Mining Pahang:Seafood and Vege from Kuantan?Arsenic/Magnesium Poisoning? Safe for Consumption?
It has been shown that even fish in nearby rivers have been found to be no more safe for human consumption. '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...
But, the problem is that politicians and political parties, even our Opposition parties, are sometimes just concern about votes come the next elections - and as such, can and will make, bad or unjust choices... some of which is not good for the well being and welfare of all in Malaysia and Malaysia as an whole...
So, in this case is the worry about the FELDA votes?
Rationally, let us look at the people that the Kuantan bauxite issue will affect
1- The ordinary people living in the area ; well, if fish are already showing higher levels of arsenic in their body, and cockles have been dying - what do you think about the ordinary people living in the area. Remember, many of these consequences will surface not now but later... like cancer, etc.
2- Malaysians and others, all over the country, who have been inadvertently eating 'contaminated dangerous fish, seafood, vegetables, poultry, meat products, etc 'that come from these affected areas - those containing arsenic(which is poisonous), etc [Remember the government is yet to stop fishing or the movement of these products, and the government also is doing the needful to assure us that these that we buy at our markets, farmers markets and supermarkets are indeed safe food fit for consumption. Where does it comes from?]
3 - Fisherfolk - they will all be severely affected - how long really doe it take to clean up our rivers and seas to rid it of the 'contamination' caused by this bauxite mining...??
4 - Agriculture - well, this will affect farmers, fisherfolk, related industries, retailers, etc ; and there are a LOT of people
5 - Tourism - Well, the beaches are already affected, and bathing in such waters will cause problems? Then, let us not forget the 'red dust' all over the place... I, for sure, will not be bathing anytime soon in the Kuantan seas...
POLITICIANS, STOP WORRYING ABOUT VOTES - WHEN PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT ARE A BIGGER CONCERN...
Call for bauxite licences in Felda scheme
3 August 2015 @ 1:33 PM KUANTAN: