See earlier post, which has also reference to the relevant news reports :-New Straits Time's Probe Team's (which I would say is independent) has done a GOOD JOB in highlighting this.'...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...'- The Health Ministry agrees with NST's findings - suggested shutting down bauxite mines'...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.
|The Sea near Kuantan Port turning red - Star,16/5/2015|
|Hundreds of dead cockles on the shores of Pantai Pengorak, Kuantan - linked to bauxite mining?, NST, 3/8/2015|
Rahim [Geochemistry and marine radiochemistry expert Professor Dr Che Abd Rahim Mohamed] said the nutrient-rich run-off from bauxite would enter waterways, triggering a bloom of harmful microalgae in the area. “A high concentration of iron will encourage microalgae to bloom. “Fish and other marine life will eat the toxic microalgae, causing them to be contaminated as well. “Prolonged consumption of contaminated marine life will expedite the effects of radioactive and heavy metal poisoning in humans. “We have cases in Sabah and Kelantan, where people were poisoned after eating marine life contaminated by microalgae bloom. “Bathing in waters with a high content of microalgae will also cause itchiness,” he said, adding that the abundance of nutrients would attract jellyfish to the area. Rahim said iron and manganese sediments from bauxite would settle on top of shellfish, such as cockles, and disrupt their respiratory process. “Photos (taken by the team) showing hundreds of dead cockles at the seashore prove that the sea was heavily polluted due to mining activities. “The dark red colour is also one of the signs that the water had been contaminated with iron.”
Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/09/%E2%80%98long-term-exposure-will-put-villagers%E2%80%99-health-risk%E2%80%99
DISTRACTION AND DELAY - THE GOVERNMENT OPTION?
'...It is unlikely that any radioactivity from bauxite mining here exceeded permissible levels, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau...It did not seem necessary, said Tangau, to call for a suspension of mining activities pending the results.' - Star, 11/8/2015
A blessing from the Ministry and the Federal Government? Or a case of a new Minister being used to justify not doing anything about the bauxite mines - and try to make us all forget about arsenic poisoning...and other chemical poisoning. [Remember, the Deputy Health Ministered agreed with the NST finding
So, why are we seeing so little response from the BN government, and almost a lack of response from the former Pakatan Rakyat parties - PAS, DAP and PKR? Has it anything to do with the fact where this bauxite mining is happening or will happen are on FELDA land - and these are local people and voters. In the case of Lynas, the owner was a foreign multi national - but here, many of the beneficiaries who will make a lot of money are voters? Many of these people may even become millionaires...or billionaires... But then, a lot of the farmers, fisherfolk, people involved/dependent in the tourism industry, and people living in the area are facing serious health risk - they are already being poisoned...arsenic, etc??“To date, the Land and Mines Office has seized 125 lorries while the police have issued 677 summonses,” he said, adding that efforts were in place to reduce the inconveniences faced by the public.Police summonses are for offences like speeding, while the Land Office went after the lorries for transporting bauxite without permits, or misusing laterite transportation licences to carry bauxite. - Star,7/8/2015.
Worry also about the workers involved - are they provided with the required safety equipment and clothing? Are they working in safe working conditions?
For me, life and health of people are more important than large profits - and given the fact that fish, seafood and probably agricultural products are already affected, I would suspend all bauxite mining operations for now...Remember also, that the victims are not just the people of Kuantan - as we all may still be consuming food products from those areas that contains arsenic above the safe permissible levels
Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/09/bauxite-mining-too-lucrative-shut-down