We, the undersigned NGOs and concerned individuals, call on Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his cabinet, especially the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Climate Change (Mestecc) Yeo Bee Yin to:
- suspend Lynas’ operating licence to stop Lynas polluting our precious environment
- reject Lynas’ application to turn its current waste storage site into a prescribed premise for its massive amount of scheduled waste
- ensure that Lynas and/or its new owner take active steps to remove its toxic radioactive waste from Malaysia by the September deadline and thoroughly clean up its contaminated groundwater and soil
- never ever to allow any of Lynas’ toxic waste to remain in Malaysia to risk contaminating our environment
- ensure that the promised US$50m deposit from Lynas is paid in full in cash and not in Lynas’ shares
- hold the Atomic Energy Licensing Board and the Department of Environment to task to ensure that they perform their mandated roles and duty with a high degree of professionalism and integrity in the interest of Malaysia and the Rakyat
Sustainable investments stem from good governance and effective administration
We recognise and acknowledge that Malaysia needs foreign investment. It is therefore even more pertinent that we present our beloved country as a conducive place for responsible companies to do business and operate in, based on good governance, a high level of professionalism in our dealings and integrity in the way we conduct businesses.
Malaysia will be an attractive investment destination if our government upholds the law and restores order to create a fair and equal playing field for all. The Pakatan Harapan government has the power to make this happen.
Mestecc’s decision requiring Lynas to remove its toxic radioactive waste is merely to hold Lynas accountable to its own undertakings made in 2012 to the then Barisan Nasional government.
By continuing to tolerate Lynas’ massive piles of wastes, we are sending the wrong signal that Malaysia is a third world nation desperate for toxic trade and polluting industries. In so doing, Malaysia has essentially undermined and disadvantaged many other responsible businesses that have taken pride in abiding by our environmental law and regulations through genuine actions to protect our environment and public health.
As civil society groups and individuals, we too have been particularly patient and tolerant, giving the benefit of the doubt to the PH government, which we helped put into power last May. We have largely held in good faith that PH ministers and responsible MPs from all parties would concertedly tackle the Lynas toxic waste problems to protect Malaysia and the rakyat from its radioactive and toxic hazards.
Sustainable development is a PH promise to the rakyat
Many of us contributed and campaigned for PH to be elected. We wish to remind all ministers and members of Parliaments of the PH manifesto, which your respective party signed onto before the 2018 general election. Janji/Promise 39 commits PH to “Balancing the Development with Environmental Protection”.
Therefore, development decisions from the PH cabinet must lead to the security and wellbeing of the people and our environment.
Lynas is a poisoned chalice from the Najib era and a toxic re-run made possible only through generous loan packages from Japan. Malaysia should not be an easy target for Japan to wage its geopolitical technological war with China. Lynas has no place in Malaysia and least of all, if PH is committed to pursuing a sustainable development future.
Sustainable development as promised in the PH manifesto is only possible if the government upholds our own law to restore order.
Tun, we supported your leadership because we trust you will act in Malaysia’s interest and you will uphold your words to undo past mistakes. Lynas is a major mistake committed by the Najib regime.
We now count on all of you – whom we voted into power – to right this wrong to pave the way for Malaysia to pursue a new, clean and safe sustainable pathway of development.
- Save Malaysia Stop Lynas
- Greenpeace Malaysia
- Himpunan Hijau
- Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam (Peka) Malaysia
- Persatuan Aktivis Sahabat Alam (Kuasa)
- Pertubuhan Alam Sekitar Sejahtera Malaysia (Grass Malaysia)
- Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM)
- Consumers Association of Penang (CAP)
- North South Initiative
- Center for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC)
- SMSL Segamat
- Stop Lynas Coalition
- Gelombang Hijau
- Aliran Kesedaran Negara (Aliran)
- Pergerakan Tenaga Akademik Malaysia (Gerak)
- Malaysian Physicians for Social Responsibility
- Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram)
- Mama Bersih
- Citizens’ Health Initiative
- Persatuan Penggerak Hijau
- Ban Cyanide Action Committee
- Himpunan Hijau Johor
- Persatuan Penunggang Basikal Jelajah Bumi Hijau
- University of Malaya Association of New Youth (Umany)
- Johor Yellow Flame (JYF)
- Perak Green Pioneer
- Women Development Organisation of Malaysia
- The Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall women’s section
- Green Earth Society
- Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor (PSWS)
- Beyond Borders
- Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower)
- Sabah Environmental Protection Association (Sepa)
- Malaysian Nature Society Pahang
- Sabah Women’s Action-Resource Group (Sawo)
- Pusat Komas
- To Earth With Love
- Tanah Dahai
- Centre for Independent Journalism Malaysia
- Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Semenanjung Malaysia (JKOASM)
- Sustainable Development Network Malaysia (Susden Malaysia)
- Foreign Spouses Support Group
- Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES)
- Sahabat Rakyat 人民之友 ம”க$ ேதாழ)கள
- Health Equity Initiatives
- Justice for Sisters
- Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia
- Jaringan Orang Asal Semalaysia (JOAS)
- Monsoons Malaysia
- Friends of Kota Damansara
- The Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham)
- Student Unity Front
- Bersih Gold Coast
- Bersih Timor Leste