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Lawmaker Wong Tack vows no U-turn on Lynas issue

Bentong MP Wong Tack said today he will continue to speak out on issues surrounding the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp) in Gebeng, Kuantan.

He said he will not be making a U-turn in his fight against Lynas Corporation Ltd although he is no longer a member of the Lamp executive review committee.

The decision to vacate his position of deputy committee chairperson was made after seeing that Lynas was allegedly using him and Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh, who was the chairperson, as ammunition on the issue.

"We both resigned because we do not want Lynas to spin the issue. We can see clearly how they spun the issue after we had been appointed, with the main focus on Fuziah. We think it was a wise decision for us (to step down).

"I am sure the new committee that comprises six experts with high qualifications will do their job independently. Let them, together with the relevant agencies and ministry, go through the due process.

"I am confident that the new Pakatan Harapan government will not allow our country to be used as the dumping ground for foreign radioactive-contaminated waste and subject our people to unnecessary health risks," he told reporters in Kuantan.

Wong Tack noted that their appointments were heavily questioned by Lynas, because he and Fuziah were known for their anti-Lynas stand and had fought against it for the past seven years.

He said he concurred with Fuziah that the health and safety of the 600,000 Kuantan residents warranted greater consideration than the Lynas employees who could lose their jobs if the operation is shut down.

"This is not about ringgit and sen. We want to ensure that the environment is safe for our future generations," he said.

- Bernama