Red sea at Kuantan due to bauxite mining

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LKIM (Malaysians Fisheries Development Board), please do something about this. What are you doing to protect the livelihoods of the fishermen there? Who is responsible for this enivironmental disaster?

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benny

According to BBC: 1) Much of the land in Pahang province has been redistributed to settlers so they could cultivate it with rubber, palm oil or fruit orchards. So all the companies had to do was approach smallholders whose properties contained bauxite, and offer them substantial sums of money to allow their land to be mined. Most of the plots were quite small, allowing the companies to exploit a loophole in Malaysian law, which only requires an environmental impact assessment for plots larger than 250 hectares. 2) Marine scientists have also warned of possible catastrophic damage to the ecosystem off… Read more »

benny

Malaysia’s Bauxite Backlash – The Huffington Post Push has finally come to shove in Malaysia’s Pahang state, where the environmental crisis sparked by illegal bauxite mining in the state capital of Kuantan has prompted Najib Razak’s government to announce a moratorium on the entire industry. The move – currently slated to last three months but potentially to be extended indefinitely – is a radical but necessary response to the rampant pollution that has accompanied breakneck growth in production from Pahang’s mines over the past year. While the government puts a pause on bauxite mining, Malaysia also has a prime opportunity… Read more »

benny

Further investigation will soon reveal that Felda settlers are leasing their plantation land (meant for oil Palm) to illegal bauxite miners.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/01/11/miners-threaten-violence-contractors-also-offer-money-to-felda-settlers-but-shortchange-them-instead/

China Press reported yesterday that one Felda folk earns RM200,000 from such deal.

benny

Correction:
The Felda folk earns RM200,000 from such deal EACH MONTH!

benny

Mohamed Fadzil Yusoff lost nearly half of his oil palm trees in Felda Bukit Goh when they were felled to make way for bauxite mining. But the 47-year-old does not regret losing any of the cash crop although the total harvest from his holdings is now only RM250 a month. His feelings are shared by many of Bukit Goh’s settlers who “leased” their lands to bauxite miners after their incomes shrank because of the global rout in commodity prices. Some even believe that leasing the land to bauxite mining was better than harvesting oil palm because of the easy money.… Read more »

benny

Subramaniam said the water from Kuantan river is toxic even after boiling:

Residents complaint about the ill effects of bauxite mining:

glissantia

Bolehland boleh again. We have almost no natural disasters to speak of. So, these have been arranged for our benefit: major floods (regular in some places, getting more common elsewhere), mud slides, droughts, local peat fires, rivers polluted or poisoned beyond use by those who depend on them, continuous traffic jams, dust (instead of dust storms) from factories and lorries, sinking roads, collapsing buildings, and pests (mosquitoes, flies, rats, crows). Now, we even have mini-typhoons and a red sea. In capitalism, all this means more business to “help” us. This is happening even when climate change has yet to hit… Read more »

benny

MACC officers have recovered up to RM100,000, believed to be “dirty money”, hidden in a washing machine of a Pahang Land and Mines officer. He and three other Pahang Land and Mines Department officers, all aged between 30 and 38, have been arrested on suspicion of receiving bribes to allow illegal bauxite mining. One of the four men was a senior officer in the Pahang Land and Mines department.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/01/08/dirty-money-in-washing-machine-macc-recovers-rm100000-believed-to-be-bribes-hidden-by-land-officer/

Don Anamalai

Malaysian exports of bauxite to China rose exponentially in 2015, but health and environmental concerns related to unregulated mining may lead to a ban on extracting the aluminium ore in Pahang. Bloomberg Intelligence mining and metals analyst Yi Zhu explains the potential impact of a ban on the bauxite market.

benny

Hundreds of dead fish washed up in Sungai Toggek in Gebeng, Pahang, have put residents in the area on alert to the possibility of bauxite contamination.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/dead-fishes-leave-kuantan-residents-uneasy-over-bauxite-spills

benny

Tangani segera kesan pencemaran bauksit

Don Anamalai

Liow Tiong Lai said his ministry would study transportation methods used to move bauxite from the mines to the port. The study will cover land and sea transportation methods to find a means that minimises pollution.

Phua Kai Lit

Red River — Texas, Vietnam, 1Malaysia

Red Sea — Yemen, 1Malaysia

Don Anamalai

Perhaps Moses could come here to part the Red Sea?

kanateeraj

Don How can he come here to Malaysia? JAKIM will think he is trying to Christianise the Malay fishermen!!

benny
Bigjoe

They will blame some general group like “unscrupulous” miner and pledge to take action. It’s not the UMNO/BN govt fault..