Australia is so huge – but Lynas chose Gebeng?


Australia is so huge and yet Lynas Corporation could not find anywhere suitable there and instead chose Gebeng, Kuantan for its rare earth refinery – and its waste.

Lynas, please explain to us again why you are not building your refinery in Australia. Tell us with a straight face, and we will try not to laugh (or cry).

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  1. gerakan k,

    go read chan chee khoon piece on thorium and lynas in themalaysianinsider.

    hope it is not out of your depth.

      • Why commenting on other people stupidity/inability ??? I don’t care if those Chinamen cannot provide satisfactory answers due to their own weaknesses.

        What I care is there are group of real experts confirming the safety of Lynas. I will support Lynas unless there is other contradicted report by experts. Professor Ah Phua, prove me wrong by any means !!! Show me your report !!!

      • Hello Gerakan K

        Aiyah, Gerakan K.
        I already told you the pro-Lynas guys have the report. Ask Nick Tsurikov for it-lah.

        It is up to YB Fuziah Salleh to decide whether YOU can get it directly from us or not. (If Anil wants to see this confidential report — I have to mention that it is quite technical in nature — he can ask for it from me anytime)

      • GK, why you still bury you head in Lynas soil just like your Political Eunuch / Mentor / Ostrich / Boh Lan Hoot?
        Get it from Phua lah!
        Boh Hoot ah?

      • Another September 16 tactic. We have the number (the MPs). But we can’t change the government. Sigh ~ Tipu

        And now, we have the report. But we won’t show it. It’s too DEEP. Anil and rest of us can’t possible understand it. What a joke is that ??? Sigh ~ Lagi mau tipu ~

      • Desperate measures of Lynas defence b’cos of big $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ at stake, waiting to change fortunes & destinies before GE13?
        We need no grand report on this apparent uneasiness. The truth will be seen in the ballot boxes of truth. But we will make DAMN sure every clean vote comes from a genuine Malaysian, not a Bangla or an Indon or a phantom of already dead person!

  2. ARE to dig out all the thorium and bury them at Gerakan K house.At least, the radiation will clear up his brains, if there is any.

    (a certain man) will deny he abusde ISA to shut the protest and allow the people of Tanah Merah to be exposed to radioactive materials.

    on second thoughts, let the thorium be buried under the many mansions owned (by him) and his family. Afterall, according to (him), its safe.

  3. It’s so simple. Because one speaks Chinese in Malaysia and not in Australia !
    A tower of Babel phenomenon again.

    • He’s not sure where he stands. Think it’s to do with all the different personalities playing musical chairs between the keyboard and the chair.

    • There is only ONE ultimate leader in BN.

      In 1Malaysia PM Najib we TRUST !!!

      In 1Malaysia PM Najib’s blue ocean strategies we TRUST !!!

      In 1Malaysia we TRUST !!! Thankyou ~

      p/s: Professor Ah Phua, where is your Lynas report. Don’t simpan lama-lamalah. Nanti ada semut putih makan. Show to the world that Lynas itu BAHAYA. Otherwise just diam-diamlah ~

      • Dear Gerakan K

        1. Pro-Lynas people already have a copy of the report-lah. They even mentioned the company name of the Australia-based consultant.

        2. I suggest you contact your Penang Gerakan folks to ask THEM why they think the plant is dangerous.
        You have much more faith in your Penang Gerakan people than in academicians like me, right?


        Phua Kai Lit

      • Where there are toxic-money to be made, that’s where his faith lies. Even after the fact of incriminating reports done in honesty.
        Such thwarted minds are dangerous minds toxic to innocent-minded orang kampung.

      • Send the report to anil and let anil publish it without fear and favour. Apa macam ???

  4. Of course Lynas can find a suitable location for its wastes and radioactive materials, the problem is it can not get the approval from the government agency, no permit is issued for the facility due to the danger it will cause to the environment and the residents.

  5. It’s obvious something wrong hidden from the surface. What makes you think Malaysia government allow this plant to be built at Gebeng? And still with 10 or 12 years tax exemption? How could this be beneficial to the people? With a few hundreds of jobs created?

    Australian government is not stupid. They know how dangerous is this stuff! Bur yet our government says they are safe.

  6. Why make Lynas so important ??? It is just a political drama by pakatan in Pahang.

    Even the so-called REAL NUCLEAR CRISIS in Fukushima Japan nuclear power plant, there are sushi as usual in Japan. I still buy imported seafoods from Japan. Sony still producing my favourite ps3 game console. Japanese AV idols still working hard for next awarding winning shows.

    Pakatan fanboys look stupid in Lynas case. And this stupidity will be adequately dealt in next GE. Just like Kg Buah Pala case in Penang, illegal beer ban case in Selangor, pig abattoir case in Kedah, LGE debate with Dr. Chua, non-supportive policies for vernacular education, etc.

    • Ho 😆 Ho 😆 Ho 😆

      😆 ‘1’ najib day !!! methink this GILAkan will walk upside down … 🙄 this is what weeee call ‘shock shock tay’ @ siow-siow’ gone case with serious contamination!!! hehehehehehehehehe 😆

      Ho 😆 Ho 😆 Ho 😆

  7. For once, i have to agree that it was najib’s & umno ‘s worldwide well known reputation.
    Undisputed Corrupted Reputation ….

    If Lynas operates on Australian’s soil, they would have to pay for social responsibilities, environment care and no way out of taking responsibilities. Even if Lynas agrees to undertake all of those, they still can’t get a license in Australia.

    Under umno’s and najib’s undisputed reputation, businesses are done the other way round.

    How else to explain as to how Lynas obtained a license , long 12 years tax exemption and had been building the plant quietly before everything else….

  8. Mahathir did applied that rare-earth, blue ocean strategist in him, in Bkt Merah, didn’t him? what happened?

    12 years tax holiday for Lynas, tons of waste with long term radioactive risk for M’sian. Gerakan K put it as win-win, that is trading a sack of rice with a single potato.

    Most of us don’t know much about rare-earth, Lynas, radioactive of its waste. After what transpired in bkt merah then, and the abuses of process now, the media self controlled, we have suffered public confidence deficiency syndrome. We want investment, we want jobs, but we are not confident this government, their agencies know what are they dealing with.

    How to kill the Lynasour? This is a compilation by PCA (penang cosumers association) on the chronology of even of ARE, Bkt Merah, copy from M’sia Insiders, see how Malaysian betrayed other M’sian..

    May 24: About 6,700 residents of Papan and nearby towns sign a protest letter and send it to the Prime Minister, the Perak Menteri Besar, the Health Minister, and the Science, Technology and Environment Minister.

    May 31: About 200 residents from Papan protest against the proposed waste dump. They block the road leading to the site.

    June 5: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad says the government has taken every precaution to ensure safety and that construction of the Papan dump will go ahead.

    June 18: About 300 Papan residents demonstrate for the second time against the proposed location of the dump.

    June 28: The Science, Technology and Environment Minister Stephen Yong states that the Papan dump is safe because it is being built according to stringent standards. He challenges critics to prove that the dump will be hazardous to health and the environment. Meanwhile, ARE is dumping thorium waste into an open field and a pond next to its factory.

    July 1: About 3,000 people, including women and children, hold a peaceful demonstration against the Papan dump.

    July 18: A Bukit Merah Action Committee is formed, comprising residents of Bukit Merah, Lahat, Menglembu and Taman Badri Shah, to support the Papan residents. Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) sends a memorandum to the prime minister stating that radiation levels at the open field and pond next to the ARE factory are too high.

    Sept 19: Three experts from the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visit the Papan site at the invitation of the government. They declare the trenches there as unsafe.

    Oct 5: A British physicist and safety analyst, William Cannell, is invited by the Papan residents to visit the dump. He finds the engineering work to be “extremely shoddy”.

    Oct 21: An American expert, Edward Radford, is invited by the Papan residents to review the dump. He finds that the site is unsuitable for radioactive dumping and that the walls of the trenches were too thin and cracked in some parts.

    Nov 7: A Japanese industrial waste expert, Jun Ui, is invited by the Papan people to inspect the waste dump. He finds it unsuitable for storing hazardous waste.

    Nov 28: The Cabinet discusses reports submitted by two regulatory bodies. The report by the British National Radiological Protection Board said that residents would be safe only if certain conditions were observed by the Perak government and ARE. The second report by IAEA said the trenches did not meet required specifications.

    Dec 9: More than 1,500 residents in Papan stage a one-day hunger strike to protest against the government’s decision to go ahead with the plan to locate the dump in Papan. Bukit Merah residents bring in a Japanese radiation and genetics expert, Sadao Ichikawa, to measure radiation levels at the open field and pond next to the ARE factory. He finds the levels there dangerously high, the highest at 800 times above the permissible level.

    Dec 12: Acting prime minister Musa Hitam declares a personal interest in the Papan affair. He pays a visit to the dump.

    Jan 11: After a Cabinet meeting chaired by Musa Hitam, the government decides to relocate the proposed dump site to Mukim Belanja in the Kledang Range, about five kilometres from Papan and three kilometres from Menglembu.

    Feb 1: Eight residents on behalf of themselves and the Bukit Merah residents file an application in the Ipoh High Court to stop ARE from producing, storing and keeping radioactive waste in the vicinity of the village. The Atomic Energy Licensing Act of 1984 is enforced. It ensures that operators of nuclear installations (including the government) are held liable for nuclear damage. A five-member Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) is formed under the Act, with representatives from Puspati.

    Oct 14: Justice Anuar Zainal Abidin of the Ipoh High Court grants an injunction to the Bukit Merah residents to stop ARE from producing and storing radioactive waste until adequate safety measures are taken. More than 1,500 residents of Bukit Merah turn up at court to hear the decision.

    Sept 22: ARE claims it has spent more than RM2 million to upgrade safety measures (as required by the court) that follow IAEA standards. It invites an American atomic energy expert, EE Fowler (formerly with the IAEA), to visit the factory. Fowler states that radiation levels near ARE facilities have met ICRP standards and that the factory is safe for operation.

    Oct 5: About 3,000 residents in and around Bukit Merah stage a demonstration against ARE’s plan to keep radioactive waste in its permanent dump in the Kledang Range.

    Oct 28: Ichikawa, on his second trip to Bukit Merah, reveals that radiation around the ARE factory is still above the acceptable level. He is denied entry into the factory.

    Nov 16: A team from AELB checks out a few illegal thorium waste dump sites in Bukit Merah. It is assisted by ARE ex-contractor Ng Toong Foo, who had carried out the dumping. Readings at one dump are between 0.05-0.10 millirems/hour, above the maximum safety level of 0.057 millirems/hour set by the ICRP.

    Nov 26: Residents of Bukit Merah, Lahat, Taman Badri Shah, Menglembu, Papan, Falim and Guntong form the Perak Anti-Radioactive Committee (PARC).

    Dec 8: Minister Kasitah Gadam of the Prime Minister’s Department says that radiation levels at two illegal dumps in Bukit Merah checked by AELB are safe. He says that although the AELB found that the levels exceeded the normal radiation levels this does not pose a danger as such dumps are few in number.

    Feb 6 : Disregarding the High Court injunction to ARE to stop operations, the Malaysian AELB grants a licence to ARE to resume operations.

    April 10: Fourteen foreign experts invited by PARC to Bukit Merah are denied entry into ARE. At a forum held in Bukit Merah, these experts concur that ARE presents severe health hazards.

    April 12: About 10,000 people march through Bukit Merah in protest against the resumption of operations by ARE.

    May 24: Federal Reserve Unit police disperse about 300 people demonstrating near the ARE plant. More than 20, including three women, are injured in two clashes. ARE’s construction work for a road to the proposed permanent dump site in the Kledang Range is halted by residents.

    July 23: A Canadian doctor, Bernie Lau, is engaged by PARC to set up radon gas detectors outside ARE. He finds significant amounts of radon gas escaping from the plant.

    Sept 7: The hearing of the suit filed by Bukit Merah residents against ARE begins before Justice Peh Swee Chin in the Ipoh High Court. About 1,000 show up in court to give their support.

    Sept 11: Residents march from Bukit Merah to the Ipoh High Court for the last day of hearing. Their number in the court grounds swells to 3,000.

    Sept 18: Bukit Merah residents file contempt proceedings against ARE for breaking the injunction granted to them by the Ipoh High Court in 1985.

    Oct 27: More than 100 people are detained under the Internal Security Act. Among them are PARC officials. They are freed after two months.

    November : ARE starts building the permanent waste dump in the Kledang Range.

    Jan 25: The trial resumes.

    Feb 13: The trial comes to a close after 65 days of hearing stretched over 32 months.

    July 11: The people of Bukit Merah win their suit against ARE. The Ipoh High Court orders the shutdown of the ARE factory within 14 days.

    July 23: ARE files an appeal at the Supreme Court against the High Court order. Mitsubishi Chemicals in Japan tells PARC that ARE filed the appeal without the corporation’s consent.

    July 24: Following an ex parte application by ARE, the Lord President of the Supreme Court suspends the High Court order to ARE to stop operations.

    Aug 3: Over 2,000 people from Bukit Merah turn up at the Supreme Court to hear the appeal. However, the judges postpone the hearing to Aug 5 because of “pressure exerted by people picketing” outside the courtroom.

    Aug 5: The Supreme Court allows an application by ARE to suspend the High Court order. According to the judges, the closure would bring hardship to the company and its 183 workers.

    March 15: The scheduled hearing of the appeal filed by ARE at the Supreme Court is postponed.

    Dec 23: The Supreme Court says it overturned the High Court decision on two grounds. The court is of the opinion that ARE’s experts were more believable in the results of the radiation tests. Secondly, the judges say, the residents should have gone back to the AELB to ask that it revoke ARE’s licence, because AELB has the power to do so under the Atomic Energy Licensing Act. The Atomic Energy Licensing Act, however, does not have any provision for appeals by affected communities or the public for the revocation of a licence granted to a company.
    Despite the success of ARE in their appeal, the company later stops operations and begins cleaning up, due to public pressure both nationally and internationally.

    Jan 19: ARE announces the closure of its Bukit Merah plant.

    Nov 6: ARE, in a letter to the Consumer Association of Penang, says it has not begun the decommissioning and decontamination of the Bukit Merah plant. It says this will happen only when the Perak government and ARE finalise an agreement.

    A decommissioning and decontamination exercise begins.
    About seven years later, former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad said “a small amount” of nuclear waste was buried in Perak.
    “In Malaysia,” he said, “we do have nuclear waste, which perhaps the public is not aware of. We had to bury the amang in Perak, deep in the ground. But the place is still not safe. Almost one square mile of that area is dangerous.”
    Following his remarks, The Star reported that 80,000 200-litre drums containing radioactive waste were being kept at the dump in the Kledang Range. The site is about 3km from Bukit Merah and Papan and about 15km from Ipoh. And the waste is thorium hydroxide, not amang.

    The Papan-Bukit Merah story is a tragedy of betrayal of leadership. It is about people in power losing their moral compass to the pull of profit.

    Will the Gebeng story be just as tragic?

  9. Oz is so huge but Lynas choose Gebeng, why?

    The answer is because Lynas cannot get a licence from their own government as radioactive waste is unsafe to humans whereas 1Care
    Malaysia can be easily “kautim”.

    Why BN government can be easily kautim?

    The answer is sama sama dengan lembu punya business, submarine punya business, and bling bling punya business…

    … why BN government is all the way for LYNAS, why not OneCare government just abandon the project ???

    • “… why BN government is all the way for LYNAS, why not OneCare government just abandon the project ??? ”

      This would be a funny reply if it is not so serious: Because Lynas will create tons of customers for OneCare medical insurance and hospital supplies cronies.

  10. “Tell us with a straight face”, you say, Anil?

    Well, the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister told the Dewan Rakyat (I’d assume with a straight face):

    “Malaysia was chosen by Lynas Corporation as the location for its rare-earth processing plant due to the country’s competitiveness and not because of environmental concerns raised by the Australian government…”

    Lynas chose Malaysia due to competitiveness: Ongkili

    I did not laugh, nor did I cry, at that. It reaffrimed my resolve to do my part to vote BN out come GE13.

    • Yes I read that. It looks like we as if we are very “competitive” with a 12-year tax break given to the company.

      • And that 12 years tax break and incentives will go into (whose) pockets. Wow how much would that be ???

    • We are very ‘competitive’ for toxic industries, that’s what Lynas is trying to say screwed-face Aussie Kangaroo style but with a … you don’t see but behind Wala Wala bushes!
      Still dancing in joy of competitiveness?

      • Australian aboriginal peoples are some of the most beautiful in the world but they are still struggling against race discrimination, for equality as human beings. It is not they whom the Aussie gov. is protecting, it is the money making mining corporations who mutilate the land and violate the ancient and traditional rights of the aboriginal peoples. They are treated by their government in very much the same way as our ‘Orang Asli’ people are treated by UMNO and the BN regime here. Less than second class citizens let alone ‘bumiputra’. So companies like Lynas should stop mining rare-earth and sending it Gebeng to be processed. The BN thinks the Rakyat are fools, let them know the truth soon. Who are they fooling?

  11. Ho 😳 Ho 😳 Ho 😳

    😳 This 👿 Gilakan & its bossy should stay in Gebeng Lynas factory permanently if they like it so DIRTY LYNAS $$$$$ @%$%^&*(O 😳

  12. This should get every Malaysian back on track and into thinking mode! If it does not, I really don’t know what else will.

    Pahangites wake up!!! This son of Pahangite Tun Razak is … deceitful and he cheapens human life. He cares not for you, me or any of our countrymen and his own interest comes first, and you still want him around?

    Together let’s put him out to pasture! Let’s send him down the chute of DOOM! Reject UMNO/BN!

  13. Why in Malaysia ??? Because of world class blue ocean strategist in my 1Malaysia PM Najib. Tahniah !!!

    Why in BN state ??? Because of world class state admin in YAB Menteri Besar Pahang Dato Seri Adnan Yakub. Tahniah !!!

    Other less important reasons: tax exemption for many years, cheaper power cost, cheaper water cost, cheaper labour cost, cheaper land cost, cheaper construction cost.

    Lynas picks Malaysia and Pahang because of 1Malaysia PM Najib worldwide reputation, excellent state admin in MB Adnan Yakub and cheaper operating cost.

    Lynas is a win win for Lynas and Malaysians. Thankyou.

    • If Lynas’ reasons are the same as yours, it’s better that they set up a sewage plant. Their expertise seems to lie there.

    • “Tell us with a straight face, and we will try not to laugh”

      Mr Lynas spokesman, see in the mirror if your face straight? people are laughing at you…

      Don’t know about your face, but your mind is definately warped.

      • Follow anil guideline, no personal attack please. Focus on the comment not the commentator

      • Take it easy! Gerakan K, I like you here.

        I agree, Anil’s blog, Anil’s rules. Anil did say “straight face and no laugh”, did he not?

        Oh!, my appology… I did say your mind is warped, Anil did not ask for that.

        Sorry la! bro.. sometimes we just missed one or two.

      • Grow up. With the kind if drivel you’ve been writing, they are being extremely kind to you. If you can’t take the jibes, perhaps crawling back under your rock would help.

      • If you respected the host, you wouldn’t be posting the crap that you do.

        Stop your brown nosing here.

      • Crap ??? Your mileage may vary. For many people, you, anil and others are just a victim of pakatan syndrome.

      • If the commentator talks absolute garbage, what can you expect? May be the garbage collectors have not come round to collect your garbage yet. Stop throwing it around. It stinks. Comprendez?

    • Gilakan, Why in Malaysia. Because gilakan for money for their AMMO and Barang Naik cronies

      Lynas picks Malaysia and Pahang because of 1Malaysia PM Najib worldwide reputation such as (his administration’s link to) scorpene, cow gate and altuntya. Its easy to get permit from such … people

      • Another great reason as pointed by you. Malaysia is a pro-business nation under excellent BN administration. Brother, it is blue ocean strategy.

      • Great reason? Do you actually bother to read the comment before replying or do you just simply make up a sentence?

      • Broiler-Brother, read Blue Ocean Strategy one more time. I guess you haven’t read a page yet!

        Two of 10 key points of BOS:
        1) The three key conceptual building blocks of BOS are: value innovation, tipping point leadership, and fair process.
        Lynas does not result from any of these. But is in fact an exact opposite.
        2) The aim of BOS is not to out-perform the competition in the existing industry, but to create new market space or a blue ocean, thereby making the competition irrelevant.
        Malaysia is not in favor of ‘deep-ocean s…’ environment disaster. Neither is it in favor of rendering its citizen irrelevant or dispensable.

        One more.
        3) As an integrated approach to strategy at the system level, BOS requires organizations to develop and align the three strategy propositions: value proposition, profit proposition and people proposition.
        The Rakyat are still ignored and misaligned in vision 2020. Profit proposition? Only for the gravy train of filthy, hidden deep pockets and YSMBISY back scratchers.
        Value proposition? Toxic is not anybody’s concern as long as there’s money to korek-korek as deep as blue ocean of South China Sea.

    • Lynas chose Gebeng because Malaysia is willing to act as
      “tong sampah” for the huge amounts of wastes the project will be generating.

      • Where is your Lynas report ??? The other experts already confirmed that Lynas is SAFE.

      • Why don’t you open a sundry shop there. Cannot afford to employ an Indon retail manager? Work yourself on-site and breathe in the blue ocean ‘tong sampah goodness’ of Lynas until you too becomes irrelevant.
        Cannot afford medical treatment?
        Go donate blood to GH 41 times and above to qualify for free treatment and 2nd class recuperation. Which means 10 years of consistent blood donation while exposing yourself to Lynas toxic by which end-time you can truly enjoy free GH benefits. That’s my brotherly advice in advance on how to save on medic treatment since you so loved Lynas!

    • Kalakan K

      Where is your mate Ah Soon khor. Comment so much about penang but dead silent on this matter.

    • May be you would like to move to Gebeng into a new condo near the RE Lynas processing plant. You will certainly be very happy to find out how much benefit you will get being near to your precious 1Malaysia PM Najib’s great project to fill the pockets and bank accounts of (certain people)in Malaysia and Australia. You will in time know whether you can eat metal coins and plastic notes or gold bars with a huge helping of thorium and other radioactive ingredients in your artificial banquet. Bon appetite!

    • Gerakan K is getting censored by the other users here. Which made me curious to read the censored comment. Alas, I was disappointed. At first I really thought Gerakan K was being ironical, sarcastic, and tongue-in-cheek. It was not until more than half way that I realized Gerakan K was taking himself seriously. Even if Lynas has merit, wouldn’t this kind of advertising tone make your other comments not credible?

  14. Lynas with its financial might could build this rare earth plant anywhere if it wants ,,,,,,,,,,but why chose GEBENG KUANTAN ???? Lynas didnt choose GEBENG ,,,,,,,,,,,,its GEBENG that lured Lynas here ,,,,,,,,,,with $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ filling in the pockets of its promoters … !

    … BN has to ensure AT ALL COSTS,,,,,,,,,,Lynas is here to stay ,,,,,,,,,,otherwise LYNAS will spill the wastes on BN !

    • Ho 😥 Ho 😥 Ho 😥



      Ho 😥 Ho 😥 Ho 😥


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