I have, in the past, stated that I am a firm believer of progress and development.
But a rare earth refinery plant is not my idea of progress. Not in a small town like Kuantan, in a small country like Malaysia. There are too many risks involved and not worth the perks.
Lynas is an Australian company based in Sydney. Most of the material comes from Mount Weld in Western Australia, the richest known deposit of Rare Earths in the world.
So why are they refining it in Malaysia, across the sea - far, far away? Why don't they just refine it in Australia?
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: AUSTRALIA
Enclosed by giant rats, babykiller dingos, scorpions, and scorching desert is a whole lot of ... nothing.
That, in my opinion, is a fine place to build a refinery.
Sure, it will be grossly inconvenient to have to transport up the raw materials there, to convince people to go and work there, and to build the facilities to support the operations.
But at least any waste disposal in the middle of nowhere, in my opinion, would not be harmful to the people, not in the same magnitude that unmanaged waste would be in Kuantan.
You see, it is prestty clear to me, that at the end of the day, it is not about human safety. It is about profits. It costs far more to pay Australian labour than cheap Malaysian labour.
It would be more costly to transport materials into the middle of nowhere and build those facilities - even if it is safer for human beings.
If you ask me, I don't think the Australians would put up with those sort of risks. They are much firmer with their government than we are with ours. We have given our government too much leeway.
People, we need to protest this as strongly as we can. Lynas must never go into operations in Malaysia.
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