Ly­nas con­fi­dent of hear­ing af­ter panel visit

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By ONG HAN SEAN hansean@thes­

KUANTAN: Ahead of the pub­lic hear­ing to­day, the Ly­nas ex­ec­u­tive re­view com­mit­tee vis­ited the rare earth re­fin­ery in Gebeng here.

Ly­nas chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Amanda La­caze said the firm showed the com­mit­tee every “nook and cranny” of the plant.

“We feel it is im­por­tant for the com­mit­tee to com­plete its work.

“We are very happy they spent so long with us to­day,” she said when met at a com­mu­nity gather­ing at SK Balok here yes­ter­day.

La­caze said there were also rep­re­sen­ta­tives from var­i­ous agen­cies, who were with the six mem­bers of the com­mit­tee.

She also said she would at­tend the hear­ing to­day with Ly­nas staff.

“This is a ter­rific op­por­tu­nity for us to ex­plain our phi­los­o­phy of zero harm to the peo­ple, com­mu­nity and en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

Ly­nas vice-pres­i­dent of peo­ple and cul­ture Mimi Afzan Afza said the gather­ing was planned more than a month ago.

She added that lo­cals were more re­cep­tive to the com­pany’s pres­ence, as com­pared to a few years ago.

“It is now purely po­lit­i­cal. “The peo­ple from Chen­dor to Be­serah don’t un­der­stand why the govern­ment is still talk­ing about it when there are more press­ing is­sues in the coun­try,” Kam­pung Balok res­i­dent Datuk Sha­harud­din Sham­sudin, 68, said.

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