Bauxite Mining in Kuantan - Impacted Public Health, Caused Environment Pollution - affecting even fish, vegetation, seafood, Impact also livelihood of people in other sectors - Agriculture, Fisheries, Tourism, ... [All these matters have been highlighted for a long time now... ]
On or about 6/1/2016, Malaysian Cabinet decides 'Stop for 3 Months' - a Moratorium - starting 15/1/2016.
A victory? A relief for the people of Kuantan? At last, the BN government is concerned about public health and environment - over money and profits?
Wait a Minute - let's look back at the said Cabinet decision again... it seems to be about clearing stockpiles (looks like production of the ore is faster than what could be shipped off...) - and the Cabinet order based on what the relevant Minister said to the media is to clean up stockpiles within 2 months...
It seems like that one of the main reasons seem to be to clear stockpiles....[Natural Resource and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the suspension is part of a moratorium following meetings with the Cabinet, which will require all stockpiles to be cleared first before any future mining can take place.He explained that the three-month moratorium period will also be broken down into three main stages, the first of which will require Kuantan Port to clear all of its stockpile within the first month by exporting them."In the second month, the bauxite mining operators need to start clearing the other 11 stockpiles outside the port."And in the third month, they will need to have the stockpile areas fixed with all the necessary mitigating systems, including a proper drainage system, filtration and washing bays for lorries," he told a press conference at Hotel Istana, here today.
Operation to clean areas affected by mining activities here began today, in line with a directive issued by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday.Pahang Fire and Rescue director Datuk Abdul Wahab Mat Yassin said the operation involved more than 100 personnel, including from the department, Kuantan Municipal Council, 21 firemen, Alam Flora Sdn Bhd and the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp).He said seven high-powered machinery were used in the operation.“For today, the cleaning work will involve roads and residential areas in Jalan Sungai Lembing.“The work involves cleaning of signboards, electricity poles and road surface, he told reporters here today.
Who will be paying for all this? The people or the companies involved in the bauxite mining operations?
I hope that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, the BN Malaysian Government, the BN Pahang government,... clarifies matters and assure us that this 'moratorium' is not just about clearing stockpiles, superficial 'clean-ups', putting in place mitigation systems just at stockpiles and not mining areas,... but also about REHABILITATION of the affected environment and also compensating losses already suffered, and putting in place measures to deal with future impacts to health, livelihood, etc..
Malaysia bans bauxite mining for three months amid pollution fears
Last updated on 7 January 2016 - 12:13am