Lynas employees call for fair treatment from government – Nation

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Lynas employees call for fair treatment from government - Nation

KUANTAN: With a review looming over the Lynas refinery in Gebeng, employees of the rare earth materials producer have gathered to call on the Government to treat them fairly.

Chanting “Hidup Lynas” and “Hidup Tun”, the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) staff appealed to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to give fair consideration to their plight.

Senior manager of solvent extraction Khairul Suhaimi, 41, said they had kept quiet all this while but had to voice their concerns as they felt bullied.

“I urge the person running this review to act fairly and be transparent. We have no problem with a review into LAMP’s operations because we abide by the rules but we just want it to be fair,” he said at the rally in Balok here Saturday.

Khairul said he had worked for Lynas for 10 years and had never viewed the company as running a dangerous operation.

Financial accountant Mohd Fairuz Kasmoin, 32, also called on the Government to treat Lynas like any other companies.

“I voted for this Pakatan Harapan government but now it has come to bite me back. I am quite disappointed,” he said.

The rally was held following reports that Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh had been appointed as the chairman of a Lynas executive review committee.

Fuziah’s appointment had been questioned and criticised as she had been at the forefront of the anti-Lynas campaign for the past decade.

Lynas vice-president of people and culture Mimi Afzan Afza said they had never reacted to detractors in the past but the issue this time had become too huge to ignore.

“Now that Lynas has been in operation for six years and we have proof that we operate in line with the best international standards, we just cannot keep silent anymore,” she said.

Meanwhile, Fuziah said she considered Lynas notified of the review through her appointment by Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin.

She was asked to respond to Lynas CEO Amanda Lacaze’s statement that Lynas had yet to be notified of the membership of the review committee, the scope of the review or the committee’s terms of reference.

Fuziah also said the Cabinet is expected to make a decision in relation to the Lynas executive review in the coming days.

She declined to elaborate but said she was confident that whatever decision made would be for the best for the people of Kuantan.

“Wait for the Cabinet meeting this Wednesday,” Fuziah said when met after she cast her votes in the PKR elections. 

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