Bauxite - bringing in a lot of money for some, but that does not justify Pahang BN State government ignoring the importance of health, environment and even the livelihood of many others.
Proper channels - well, the people signed petition and they tried to bring the matter to Parliament - but alas, the Speaker said 'No'
Last month, a petition signed by 2,400 Kuantan residents calling for a halt to all bauxite mining activities was brought up for debate in the Dewan Rakyat but was rejected by Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.
Najib's Federal Government is responsible for health, environment, etc ... but alas, what is happening is certainly not what a caring government will do...
We are not saying that bauxite should not be mined - but, there must certainly be control and things done to stop the serious impact to people's health, environmental poisoning including fish/seafood and agricultural products, etc.
See earlier related post:-
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?
Kuantan folk blame bauxite mining for rise in asthma, respiratory cases
It had to be the red dust choking the air around the religious school, Maahad Tahfiz Anwar At-Tanzil in Tanjung Pasir near Kuantan, Pahang, which sits by a main road used by lorries transporting bauxite ore from the mines inland to the port.
“Maybe (the rashes) could have been caused by dirty laundry or anything else if it only happened to one person. But it happened to one pupil after another. Itchiness, coughing and fever,” Syed Sharinnizam, 32, said.
His only child, six-month-old Syed Abdul Qadir, also suffers breathing difficulties and was hospitalised. “He was not born with it. But he had to be admitted because of breathing problems. I cannot not see any other reason except the bauxite mining,” he said when met by the media on a recent visit to bauxite mining areas in Kuantan.
Dr Syed Abdul Khaliq Syed Abdul Hamid, a paediatrician at Kuantan Hospital, said he was seeing worsening cases of asthma in more than 10 children living near bauxite mining areas.
“I have many patients in bauxite areas with very poorly controlled asthma. They can’t sleep at night because of difficulty in breathing, and this is affecting their school and development,” he said.
The doctor believes that exposure to bauxite dust is the trigger because his patients’ conditions improved once they were removed from their daily environment.
“When we admit the children to hospital, the child is able to sleep and able to breath better.”
One case was so bad, the child stayed in hospital for about one month before the lungs improved, Dr Syed Khalid added.
For children with weak lungs, he has even advised their parents to move out of the area and find new homes away from mining sites.
“Some were strongly advised to move to Pekan. It does affect livelihoods because when things like this happen, it affects not only the child but also the working parents.
“It’s an additional cost to take care of the children at the hospital.”
Chairman of Pahang Hospice Dr Pushpa Ratnam also said other trace metals like thorium, cadmium and uranium were also present in exposure to bauxite dust and could be absorbed by the body through inhalation.