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Yoursay: Minister Yeo’s surprising outburst at IOI allegation

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YOURSAY | ‘You were deliberately baited and unfortunately you fell for it.’

Yeo vows legal action after being linked to IOI’s Pasir Gudang factories

Vent: I must say I'm a bit surprised at Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin’s rather irrational outburst.

Her outrage is more than justified. But how is this allegation “an insult to hundreds of civil servants from various agencies who are working to tackle the health incidents in the district”?

Beats me! They are in no way implicated in the allegation.

Please don't descend to the level of scoring brownies points in deflection. You were deliberately baited and unfortunately, you fell for it.

You shouldn't have responded but leave it to your husband, Lee Yeow Seng, and his family to address the matter as they rightly should by suing for defamation.

That said, why have I felt throughout these outbreaks that they may just be acts of sabotage. Why isn't that possibility being investigated? Or perhaps it is?

Aida: Is any authority investigating the possibility of saboteurs? The incident came so soon after the last incident in March.

It sounds fishy since they cannot find any pollutants.

BA Baracus: Minister, no one is questioning the efforts of the civil servants. We can see they are doing their best.

The question here is whether your husband has factories here and if they are environmentally friendly.

Instead of answering, you divert the issue and threatened to sue. Congratulations for behaving like Umno in the space of only one year.

Sinan Belawan: Indeed, instead of threatening to sue, Yeo should step aside for another minister such as the health minister to take charge of the life-threatening situation in Pasir Gudang.

Malaysia My Home: Yeo is one of the better ministers. She is capable. But I think she should excuse herself from this matter because of conflict of interest.

Idiocracy: When regulators marry business owners that they are supposed to regulate, there is a potential problem. Let’s hope Yeo tackles this with impartiality.

IOI is a major stakeholder of our environmental sustainability. The three chemical plants in Pasir Gudang belong to now ‘family’ Yeo’s brother-in-law, who is also the Malaysian Palm Oil Council chairperson.

The conundrum - protect the environment or protect the industry? Palm oil profits in the past fuelled IOI property division and the acquisition of Taipei 101.

Why not get the palm oil industry to spend some money on sustainability and environmental engineering projects?

Can Yeo, a minister who is also in charge of environment, regulate palm oil tycoons and persuade them to make Malaysia more sustainable from an environmental, economic and social standpoint?

Looking On: The worst side of human nature knows no bounds. Politicisation, malice, jealousy, warped humour, mischief, and perversion?

As for the naysayers who call for Yeo’s resignation, why waste the talent and dedication of an exemplary minister just to appease the riff-raff?

Kunta Kinte: Those who capitalised on this issue for political gain are mentally ill. While others are working hard to find the source, these idiots rub salt to the wound.

Anonymous_7d1ca773: Hats off to Yeo who worked tirelessly to resolve the health problems arising from the chemical factories in Pasir Gudang that were approved and in operation since the BN era.

Surely, she would be the target of slander due to envy and jealousy. Yeo, teach these slanderers a lesson, sue till their pants drop.

Athena: Yes, Yeo. Sue their pants off. I admire you for your brilliance and your good-naturedness.

Barring the fact that IOI is not part of this pollution fiasco, don’t let anyone take political mileage on this.

Name them and shame them.

Undecided: Well done, Yeo, getting the factories to provide schools with gas monitors and working to set up an automated pollutant monitoring system.

I wish other ministries can respond with the same speed and imagination to a difficult and recurring problem.

Keropok Ikan: The minister should not bother. Voters will know what you are and what you are not.

Replying to all sorts of allegations and claims are just a waste of time and gives the morons pleasure as it boosts their attention-seeking antics.

Anonymous 5237890145285379: I would agree that some oil palm factories caused pollution at Pasir Gudang.

One can smell the stench of oil palm processes at even more than 10km away from Pasir Gudang with the right wind direction.

Which oil palm factories caused the pollution? The authorities should find out.

Anonymous_1540348819: Send the factory owners and workers to jail for pollution.

It's high time Malaysia started jailing people who destroy the environment, pollute, and endanger people just to make money.

Andy Vinodovich: And don’t feed the trolls.


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