Today marks another milestone of the growth of the civil society in Malaysia.
More than 20,000 are expected to attended a anti-lynas gathering in Kuantan.
i have written a few post on lynas, and have urged the authority to stop granting a license to Lynas to operate a rare earth plant in Malaysia.
The most simple logic being that if the country of origin where Lynas is incorporated, Australia, refuses to grant a license for such a factory, why should we allow it to operate on our soils?
Any man made project will have certain inherent danger, no matter how elaborate the safety features can be. Mother nature has power beyond our imaginations, and the tsunami in Japan which resulted in the Fukushima debacle is just one`of the recent most that comes to our mind.
Granted the radioactive level may not be as high as those of a nuclear plant, but we can never overlook the inherent danger of some thing which may go wrong. Not only can Mother Nature plays havoc , human errors which would be an inherent part of any human operation can also result in risks that may not be able to be contained, like the Chernobyl and Three Miles incidents.
Germany has declared that it will do away with nuclear plants. If a country which is renowned for its technical and scientific ingenuity has taken such a step, we as a developing country and not as technically advanced should take another look carefully as to whether we need to have such monsters in our country.
If it is for monetary reasons, we can always be more diligent to source for other forms of foreign investments, rather than a type which is so controversial and which has such inherent risks attached.
It is also politically stupid to insist on giving a operating license to Lynas, when it is clear that most people in the streets have voiced unease and opposition against such a move. It reminds of the arrogance that was present before 308, and which has contributed to the swing of hearts in Peninsular Malaysia in the last General Election.
But apparently the power that be has not learned its lessons. Arrogance is still everywhere, from the MRT alignment to NFC fiasco, from the formulation of 1Care to the granting of temporary license to the Rare earth Plant, it is still a case of “Big Brother Knows Best”.
Where is the spirit of ” People First”?
I dread to consider what will happen if Bn wins another term, when they have a cushion period before facing the electorate again. During the 2 to 3 years of cushion period after the next GE and before the 14th GE, many of the dreadful things can and probably will happen. ICare, Lynas, GST, more NFC type of projects, etc etc etc.
So, readers, please look at the big picture and use your vote wisely!