Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

No Change To Government's Position Demanding Lynas Remove Residue Out Of Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) -- There will be no change to the government's position in demanding that Australian mining firm, Lynas Corporation, remove residue generated by its Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in Kuantan out of Malaysia, according to a joint statement issued by four ministers.

The ministers are Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Datuk Seri Douglas Unggah Embas and Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

They said that the Cabinet today reaffirmed the joint statement they had made on Dec 10 relating to the removal of the residue out of the country.

"Reiterating public health and safety as the highest priority, the government will ensure that all related government agencies closely monitor the operation of LAMP, especially on the handling and the management of the residue generated by it," they said in the statement.

This is consistent with the conditions stated in the Temporary Operating Licence (TOL).