Saturday, April 30, 2011

MP casts doubt on Zambry’s denial

The Star News

IPOH: An MP here expressed surprise that the Perak Mentri Besar is unaware about a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between a state agency and a Hong Kong company on the feasibility of exploring and mining rare earth minerals in Bukit Merah.

Baju Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan said Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadirmust give a frank disclosure on the state’s stand in this matter.

An online portal recently published an article quoting Zambry saying he would demand an explanation from a state firm and that he was left in the dark over the MoU.

Bukit Merah was the site of Malaysia’s rare earth plant 20 years ago, which is still undergoing a massive RM300mil clean-up of alleged radioactive waste.

Several Pakatan Rakyat leaders had yesterday gathered at a market in Menglembu to protes, and called for an immediate cancellation of the study or discussions related to rare earth minerals in the state.

Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran said cur­­rently 80,000 drums of radioactive waste were kept at a dump in the Kledang Range, only 3km from Bukit Merah and 15km from Ipoh.

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