Fuziah the ear­li­est to op­pose Lynas

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KUAN­TAN: The Lynas rare earth re­fin­ery was a ma­jor is­sue used by the then op­po­si­tion pact Pakatan Rakyat in the run-up to the 13th Gen­eral Elec­tion (GE13), es­pe­cially in Pa­hang.

Then PKR can­di­date Fuziah Salleh, who won the Kuan­tan par­lia­men­tary seat dur­ing polling on May 5, 2013, was a vo­cal critic against the rare earth re­fin­ery in Gebeng here.

Her hard-line stance made her one of the ear­li­est mem­bers of par­lia­ment to op­pose the plant since she won the Kuan­tan par­lia­men­tary seat in the 12th Gen­eral Elec­tion in 2008.

She spear­headed a long­stand­ing anti-Lynas cam­paign, which saw the for­ma­tion of the group “Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas” in 2011. The group was in­volved in a se­ries of anti-Lynas ral­lies from 2011 to Jan­uary 2013.

On March 15, 2013, Fuziah, who was also then PKR vi­cepres­i­dent, re­port­edly have said Pakatan Rakyat would shut down Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd if it wrested power in GE13.

Iron­i­cally, her stance went against then op­po­si­tion leader Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim, who had told the Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald that the Lynas plant would be al­lowed to op­er­ate if it was found to be safe.

On Feb 4, 2013, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Wong Tack was re­ported by Chi­nese dailies as threat­en­ing to burn down the Lynas plant if it was not closed af­ter polls on May 5.

His al­leged threat came af­ter his an­nounce­ment on Jan 30, 2013, that Him­punan Hi­jau, the en­vi­ron­men­tal group he headed, would cam­paign against Barisan Na­sional in GE13 to stop Lynas op­er­a­tions. About a week later, Wong was cho­sen as DAP’s can­di­date in Ben­tong, pit­ted against in­cum­bent Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who is also trans­port min­is­ter and MCA pres­i­dent.

Even ear­lier, dur­ing a speech, now avail­able on YouTube, dated March 4, 2012, Pe­nang Chief Min­is­ter and DAP sec­re­tary-gen­eral Lim Guan Eng was heard de­scrib­ing the Lynas plant as a “nu­clear plant”.

Fuziah Salleh

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