New Straits Times(NST) needs to be credited for its expose and also its efforts of independent investigations, which they have been doing since August 2015.
The response of the BN Federal and State government was to try to just narrowly focus attention on the issue of radiation poisoning - and not also focus on the other chemical poisoning happening - arsenic, magnesium, etc..
Even the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau response was narrow - looking just at the question of radiation poisoning.
NST never faltered but has continued to highlight this issue - this time the investigation and report of a group of 17 professionals who also called for the Pahang government to issue an immediate stop work order on bauxite mining.
Interestingly, it seems that the bauxite mining operation may end or significantly slow done next year - is it then that the BN government will take action?
We expect the government to safeguard our health, our environment and also livelihood - and there are laws that stipulate what are the 'safe limits', and this really should never be ignored.
Companies always can 'disappear' or 'wind-up' after large profits are made - their record of accountability is not good. Who will compensate those that have suffered healthwise - noting that some of these diseases can also surface later on? Who will be compensating the fishermen who already say that their income and livelihood is already affected? Who will be responsible for the cost to 're-habilitate' the environment - most likely the Malaysian people may end up paying for this?
The Pahang government, when the issue was highlighted, also tried to blame those lorries transporting the ore - stating even that summons have been issued. But now, the authorities apparently are saying that most of these summonses have been ignored. Note many of these summons were traffic summons or the using of vehicles without permits.
There are so many Ministries looking into Health, Environment, Rural Development, Tourism, Agriculture,... but alas, we are not seeing their investigation and reports on this issue..
Bauxite can be mined - and there are safe ways of doing this - which will cause little or no impact to public heath or environment - but they will cost money, and these companies and others who benefit from this bauxite mining operation seem 'disinterested', and the BN Pahang and Federal government also seem not so concerned.
We must try to prevent negative impacts to health and environment - and not take the position, that we will do the needful later to remedy or compensate. One would prefer not to get cancer, asthma, lower respiratory tract infections, pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, etc - I am for prevention not treatment/compensation.
There are many more news reports in NST and media on this issue, over the last few days, and I have only pasted one of these articles below..
See some of the earlier related posts:-
Bauxite Mining Pahang:Seafood and Vege from Kuantan?Arsenic/Magnesium Poisoning? Safe for Consumption?
Pahang:- Fish high arsenic levels? - Suspend Bauxite Mining Now - Health More Important than Money??
Kuantan facing severe danger
By Farrah Naz Karim And Aliza Shah
- 3 January 2016 @ 11:03 AM KUALA LUMPUR: