Saturday, September 8, 2012

Lynas TOL Shows Government's Hypocrisy

AELB director-general Raja Abdul Aziz Raja Adnan (above) showed the Malaysian government’s hypocrisy when he told a media briefing Friday morning that Lynas' commitment to ship out all of its Water Leach Purification (WLP) wastes from its rare earths processing plant in Gebeng, Kuantan, is non-binding on its temporary operating licence (TOL).

Asked why AELB only relied on Lynas' unilateral commitment without putting it in black-and-white, Raja Abdul Aziz explained that the agency was limited by laws and regulations. Is he stupid or what? If the AELB is limited by laws and regulations, then why was he so obliging as to issue Lynas the TOL? He didn't have to; he shouldn't! And who actually wields the power to regulate Lynas if AELB's hands are tied?

Or is the TOL issuance merely to kowtow to the needs of his political masters?

Besides, if you care to check any of the licenses issued by authorities in this country, there are always terms and conditions attached. And in this particular case, AELB failed to impose any condition(s) on the license. It is this “oversight” that makes one think that there must be pay-offs. Being Malaysian, what else do you expect me to think? Isn’t ‘bribing’ the No. 1 Malaysian custom?

It is now up to the people to stop Lynas!

This morning I was at the Faith Toastmasters meeting. I was hoping to just sit back and enjoy the speeches and evaluations but the minute I reached the meeting venue and before I could even warm my seat, I was asked to be the Table Topics Evaluator. Oh well, it gives me practice for the upcoming Evaluation contests anyway. A decent meeting and I would give this meeting a score of a 5 out of a 10.

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