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Related News: 64 dubious Kuala Lumpur land deals

PAC to conduct a special audit on DBKL land sale issue

22 August 2019 – Dr Noraini Ahmad, the chair for the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said that a special audit on the sale of land owned by Kuala Lumpur City Hall with the assistance of the National Audit Department. This audit is crucial to help the PAC to complete their report before tabling it to parliament. 

PAC probes dubious DBKL land deals, the mayor called to testify

21 August 2019 – Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan, the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur was called to testify before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Wong Kah Woh, PAC deputy chair, said that the mayor and a few DBKL directors briefed the PAC on the structure of city hall and the jurisdiction of the Federal Territories Minister. They were called up as part of an ongoing probe by the PAC on the dubious land deals in Kuala Lumpur during the tenure of the former Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan. 

PAC to summon AG, MACC Chief on DBKL land sale

11 April 2019 –  Noraini Ahmad, the newly appointed Public Accounts Committee chairperson, said that PAC will summon Attorney-General Tommy Thomas and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdul. This is to get their testimony over the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) land transaction case. The two are expected to give their testimony on 23 April 2019. Previously, the MACC has investigated 64 dubious land deals by DBKL and of which 48 have been cleared by them on 18 July 2018. She said at a press conference on 11 April 2019 to confirm her appointment as the PAC chair.

C4 Center Press Statement (10 October 2019) – DBKLand Sale Needs Scrutiny And A High Degree Of Accountability-minister Khalid Samad Must Tell All

10 October 2018 – C4 Center issued a press statement on 10 October 2019 to express their concern with the recent developments surrounding the DBKL land sales to private developers worth 4.28 billion ringgit, where a lack of clarity and opaque explanations from current FT Minister Khalid Samad, have left the current status of the land deals appearing suspicious. Please read the full press release here.

MACC narrowing probe to 16 DBKL plots, says DAP rep

18 July 2018 – According to Lim Lip Eng, DAP MP for Kepong, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has narrowed down its probe to 16 plots of land belonging to Kuala Lumpur City Hall which had allegedly been sold without open tender when Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor was the Federal Territories Minister. 

Kepong MP lodges MACC report over RM4.28b DBKL land sale

16 May 2018 – Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng has lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today to investigate 64 parcels of land sold by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) under the purview of the former Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor from 2013 to 2018. According to Lim, the 64 lands have a combined area of 424.29 acres and a total transaction value of RM4.28 billion. Meanwhile, Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh lodged a separate MACC report against Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP) over the land sale in Taman Rimba Kiara, Taman Tun Dr Ismail to stop the proposed project on the site. Jointly undertaken by Malton Bhd and YWP, the project involves eight blocks of high-end serviced apartments and one block of affordable housing. She added that the land in Taman Rimba Kiara was acquired by YWP under Tengku Adnan’s purview and then sold to the developer in the name of providing housing for the longhouse residents.

Related News: Taman Rimba Kiara

C4 Special Investigation: Taman Rimba Kiara Land Grab! - (15 March 2019)

C4 Centre exposes serious conflict of interest and complex web of connections between former FT Minister, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan and property tycoon, Tan Sri Desmond Lim Siew Choon (Malton Berhad)

Taman Rimba Kiara - The Land Grab Infographic

Before the change of government following the general elections on 9 May 2018, C4 Center has been a strong advocate for good governance which includes the development of a framework that prevents any form of conflict of interest from occurring at various levels of government.

In light of C4 Center’s unwavering commitment to advocating good governance agenda, we have taken the initiative to research on a policy paper on conflict of interest, and how to combat the corruption agenda in Malaysia. 

The connection between Tengku Adnan, former FT Minister and the directors of the companies mentioned in the info-graphic will raise queries as to serious conflict of interest in the dealings.

Malton Scaled-down Project starts next year

5 September 2019According Facebook postings, Malton Berhad, through its subsidiary Memang Perkasa Sdn Bhd and joint venture partner Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP) will develop a 3.4 ha site at the park. The project is expected to start in 2020. Malton said on its website, that they have compromised and agreed to scale down the size of the project in the spirit of goodwill. The developer also said they will upgrade the facilities at the park for the benefit of the community with RM2.5 million to RM3 million worth of enhancements.  

TTDI residents say not to scaled-down Rimba Kiara project

22 July 2019 –  Hannah Yeoh said that residents at Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Bukit Kiara Longhouse wants the development to built with the 1.8 ha longhouse area in the park or discarded altogether. The Deputy Woman, Family and Community Development Minister said that she and residents have been reasonable and proposed a clear solution to the government at a gathering at the TTDI Community Center on 22 July 2019 to deliver updates to the residents there.  Yeoh, also added that she has written to the Latheefa Koya, the newly appointed Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to look into the issue it was alleged that Tengku Adnan, the former Federal Territories Minister, was alleged to have used unlawful actions to get the approval for the Taman Rimba Kiara development project. 

C4 Center Press Statement (7 July 2019) – Tengku Adnan’s Interest In Pavilion Genting Highlands Project – Was It Payoff For Taman Rimba Kiara Approvals?

7 July 2019 – C4 Center issued a press statement on 7 July 2019 to express their concern that a potential conflict of interest involving the former Federal Territories Minister, Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and the proposed development at Taman Rimba Kiara. C4 Center conducted further analysis on the matter and wished to present their findings. C4 Center found several parallel events that occurred at the same time during a period of 2016 and 2017, which points to a relationship between the activities surrounding the Taman Rimba Kiara project and the Pavillion Genting Highland project with companies associated with Tengku Adnan. Please read the full press release here.  

Taman Rimba Kiara issue to be settled by the end of July, says FT Minister

30 June 2019 – Khalid Samad, Federal Territories Minister, said that six ministries involved in the Taman Rimba Kiara saga has received the necessary Cabinet papers on the matter and currently reviewing it. Khalid said they will give their comments on his proposal, present it to the Cabinet and the matter should be decided by the end of July. Khalid said this at a press conference after launching the National Youth Day 2019 celebration (Kuala Lumpur level) on 30 June 2019. The same article also mentioned that residents of Taman Tun Dr Ismail are unhappy with the project as it would still diminish the limited green lung spaces in the city. 

Everyone gets something in Taman Rimba Kiara solution, says Khalid

3 June 2019 – In a short video on Khalid Samad’ Facebook Page on 3 June 2019, the Federal Territories Minister said that his solution to the Taman Rimba Kiara saga will give all parties involved some of what they asked for. He also said that under the new solution the developer will get to build half of they asked for, the residents will get a bigger park, the longhouse residents will get free housing from DBKL and the government won’t need to pay the RM150 million compensation to the developer. He assured that the park won’t be demolished. He reiterated that this is the best possible solution given the situation where the government has to honour its contract with the developer. 

AG will be asked to Mediate in Dispute over Taman Rimba Kiara

20 May 2019 – In a meeting on 20 May 2019 attended by Khalid Samad (Federal Territory Minister), Ambiga Sreenavasan (lawyer-activist) and Cynthia Gabriel (Executive Director for C4 Center) it was decided that the Attorney-General will be invited to mediate the dispute over the Taman Rimba Kiara development project after all parties met at impasse. This meeting was called by Khalid Samad after Cynthia and Ambiga spoke to the media about the issue at hand rather than directly to him. In response, Cynthia said the focus now is to get Tommy Thomas, the attorney-general, to verify the legality of the contracts for the Taman Rimba Kiara project.  

No Development on Taman Rimba Kiara, For Now, Says Yayasan

16 May 2019 – Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan CEO, Zainalnizam Zainun, said that no development in Taman Rimba Kiara or its surrounding area pending a development order from the government. Zainalnizam said this on 16 May at a press conference at Taman Rimba Kiara. He also added that only the development order can be issued after a decision to the Cabinet.

Khalid Samad to propose halving Taman Rimba Kiara development size

22 April 2019 Khalid Samad, Federal Territories Minister, said he will propose to Cabinet to reduce the proposed Taman Rimba Kiara high-rise project by 50 per cent. He told StarMetro that the new plan will comprise of 878 units of high-end apartments in four blocks of 41 to 45 storey buildings and 204 units of affordable apartments in a 17 storey building. This is a reduction from the original 2,277 units of high-end apartments in eight blocks of 42 to and 350 units in eight blocks of 42 to 52 storey buildings and 350 units of affordable apartments in a 29 storey block. Allegedly, this new plan was agreed upon by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and one of the two longhouse residents’ associations. He said he is in line with the decision by Cabinet to honour the promise made to the longhouse residence and get them the best possible terms. He also added that the government cannot cancel contracts as it will lead to lost confidence by investors.  He added that the size of the development will be 3.2 ha from the original 4.85 ha and the development will not encroach into the park.

Cabinet to Decide on Taman Rimba Kiara Project 

25 March 2019 – At a press conference on 25 March 2019, Khalid Samad, Federal Territories Minister said the dispute over the development at Taman Rimba Kiara will be tabled at Cabinet in April 2019 and a decision on the matter will be finalised. He also added that if the government scrap the project, Kuala Lumpur City Hall will have to pay up to RM150 million in compensation to the developer.  Khalid suggested that the project should proceed but at a reduced scale of 3.2 ha after taking into account concerns of the residents there. 

C4 Center Press Statement (22 January 2019) – Tengku Adnan Should Be Investigated For Dubious Land Deal Relating To Taman Rimba Kiara

22 January 2019 – C4 Center issued a press statement on 22 January 2019 to express their concern about dubious land deal relating to the Taman Rimba Kiara development. The residents of Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) have been protesting a high-rise development project for the past two years, even calling for the park to be gazette as a public space to prevent development from taking place. In the press release, C4 Center express concern on the alleged involvement of Tengku Adnan, during his time as Federal Territories Minister, Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan, and the developers of the project. Read the full press release here.

Joint committee to be formed to resolve Taman Rimba Kiara issue says FT Minister

24 November 2018 – Khalid Samad, Federal Territories Minister, said he will discuss with Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) and Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP) about the possibility of setting up a joint working committee with Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) residents. This idea was mooted by Hannah Yeoh, Segambut MP, during a recent town hall session on matters at Taman Tun Dr Ismail on 23 November 2019. Khalid also said at a press conference on 24 November, Khalid said the Taman Rimba Kiara situation is difficult as it is hard to come out with an amicable solution for all parties, which includes the government, residence of TTDI and the developers. 

TTDI residents appeal against Taman Rimba Kiara court verdict

17 December 2018 – The High Court decided on 28 November that the courts do not need to intervene with Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) planning permission and development order for a high-rise luxury apartment project in Taman Rimba Kiara and it was done legally. In response, Abdul Hafiz Abu Bakar, chairperson of the Taman Tun Dr Ismail Residents Association (TTDIRA) said they will appeal against the High Court decision. He said they are currently waiting for the court to fix a date for case management of the appeal. During the same press conference, he urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to speed up their investigation on probable impropriety in the project. The group said several reports have been submitted to the MACC to look on the possible conflict of interest with the developer and abuse of power by the former BN administration.

Hopes for Kiara park in despair

28 November 2018  – A Mr Saleh Mohammed from Taman Tun Dr Ismail wrote a letter to The Star chronicling the “broken promises” that the residence of TTDI have seen in their handling of the Taman Rimba Kiara development saga. He mapped the statements from Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan Chief Executive Officer on their discussion with all parties on their concerns and demands to cancel the project to the November decision on Putrajaya instructing the developer to scale down the project.

TTDI residents ask PM to stop Taman Rimba Kiara development

13 March 2019 – The development works at the Taman Rimba Kiara has started as observed by Taman Tun Dr Ismail residents. The spokesperson for the Save Taman Rimba Kiara Group said the residents were alert via social media and also eye-witness accounts by the group. They said saw trees at the upper portion of the part have been fell and moved to another area. To the group, this signifies the start of the development and destruction of the well-loved park. Abdul Hafiz Bakar, the chairperson of the TTDI Residents Association felt dismayed at this development despite large public objection to the project. He also added that the case management on a judicial review to affirm the legality of the Development Order issued by KL City Hall will happen on 18 April 2018. Residents at TTDI has protested the development that will include eight blocks of highrise luxury serviced apartments at the site and a 29 story residential block that has 350 flats for the soon to be displaced TTDI longhouse residents.

Related News: Bukit Nenas Forest Reserve (BNFR), dubious land deal

Why is the Bukit Nenas Heritage Zone & Forest Reserve shrinking?

We are concern that the only patch of secondary forest in Kuala Lumpur city center is being shrunk for the sake of development. We found evidence that brought up many questions that the Federal Territory Minister needs to answer.

Vanke commits to preserving Bukit Nanas

25 September 2019 – Vanke Holding (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd owns a 7-acre plot next to Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve and KL tower, which they bought from Malola Garden City at RM500 million in 2016. The China company initially proposed to develop that into a high-density mix-use property but they are still awaiting approval from the government as reports said the development works might affect the forest reserve. Lang Cong, the company executive director said to EdgeProp that the company is committed to working with the Malaysian government to preserve the forest reserve including using the company’s advanced technological expertise from China. 

C4: Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve area mysteriously smaller by nearly 1ha

4 April 2019 –  C4 Center has called for greater scrutiny and accountability on the recent news on the buyback of land near Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve. The anti-corruption calls for scrutiny of this suspicious land deal as similar deals occurred during the administration of Barisan Nasional and which might lead to corrupt deals. 

C4 Center Press Statement (22 January 2019) – Bukit Nanas Heritage Zone And Forest Reserve: The Shrinking Of The Kuala Lumpur’s Remaining Green Lung

4 April 2019 –  C4 Center issued a press statement on 4 April 2019 to express their concern on the recent statement made by the Federal Territories (FT) Minister, Khalid Abdul Samad, to buy back a piece of land in Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve (BNFR). C4 Center is extremely concerned with the recent developments surrounding the DBKL land acquisitions and/or sales to private developers, where a lack of clarity and opaque explanations from the current FT Minister, have left the current status of the land deals appearing suspicious. Read the full press release here.

DBKL to buy land and save forest reserve 

1 March 2019 –  Khalid Samad, the Federal Territories Minister, revealed to The Star on 1 March 2019, that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall will be buying a piece of land in Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve. He also said current 0.27 ha land is currently privately owned and plan to develop that piece of land. Khalid said the government has rejected the application for a Development Order on that property in order to preserve the nearby forest reserve and will buy over the land from the owner to do so. He was quoted to say the cost of the land is roughly RM100 million range and the government will go according to market value for it. 

China Vanke’s first project to be launched this year with an estimated RM5b GDV

11 January 2019 –  Lang Cong, Managing Director of Vanke Holding (Malaysia Sdn Bhd) said that it is eyeing the launch of its first mixed development venture in Malaysia in 2019 with an estimated GDV of RM 5 billion. The unnamed project will be built on the former Serani Row plot close to the Bukit Nanas heritage zone and forest reserve. Lang also added their first development will consist of retail and residential units during a media tour of the Vanke Experiential Hall show gallery at Menara IMC on 11 January 2019. He also added the overall project has an estimated GDV of RM5 billion, but the GDV might change in the future, depending on whether the authorities approve their plans.

 

 



Related News: Penang Transport Master Plan

7 reasons why PTMP is wrong

27 October 2019 – Eric Cheah wrote an opinion piece on seven reasons why the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) is wrong. First, it is that the PTMP has deviated from the original Halcrow plan that was introduced to the Penang state in 2013. This plan focused on public transportation and the current PTMP focuses on highways. Second, the PTMP is expensive costing RM 46 billion. Third, the PTMP will devastate the environment. Fourth, the PTMP will redesign the city for the increased use of cars. Fifth, the PTMP ignores the mainland area of Seberang Perai. Sixth, the PTMP lacks transparency; where 

Penang Island highway project to start on Oct 31

11 October 2019  – The second package highway construction in Penang connecting the Water Itam bypass at the Thean Teik Expressway with Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu will start on 31 October 2019. Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the project involving a 5.7km highway at the cost of RM 851 million will take 36 years to complete. He said that 70% of the project will be elevated. He said this at a press conference after a sub-agreement signing ceremony between the Penang state government and the project contractor Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd on 11 October 2019. 

Transportation expert to Penang: Don’t build islands

5 October 2019 –  Dr Rosli Azad Khan, managing director of MDS Consultancy Group, said the Penang needs a proper public transport system to ease the congestion on the island. He feels that the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) intentions were not to ease traffic congestion on the island and on the current needs of the people of Penang. Building three new island, he said, will not solve the problems of Penang and the government should follow the example of Singapore that controls ownership of cars on Island. He said this during a forum organised by The Penang Forum on 5 October called “Penang LRT – A Solution or Financial Distress”.

C4 tells Penang govt to be transparent on the reclamation project 

27 September 2019The Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center) has called on the Penang government to be more transparent in its dealings over the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project. This was said by Cynthia Gabriel, C4 Executive Director at a forum on “Penang Transport Master Plan and Penang South Reclamation projects” on 27 September 2017. In the same article, the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) had its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approved by the Environment Department by only two working days. It is concerning that a complex assessment such as the EIA was approved in only 2 days. 

Take time to properly review PTMP, civil societies tell Penang govt

27 September 2019:Transparency must be the key driver of the Pakatan Harapan government if they want to be different from the previous one. “Right now it is still a black hole. There is a lot of greyness and I think that really adds to the anxiety of the fishermen and some of the groups that work to support a sustainable environment and people’s rights. In the end, if there is corruption involved, it becomes devastating” – Cynthia Gabriel

‘Collateral Damage’ of Penang reclamation project – NGOs to reveal all

25 September 2019Khoo Salma Nasution said the upcoming Penang South Reclamation project would incur collateral damage that will impact existing neighbourhoods, public parks, land-slip prone forested hills and the fishing resources of Penang. She said this in preparation for a press briefing to be held on the 27 September 2019, where four NGOs will talk to the press on “the Penang Transport Master Plan and Penang South Reclamation Project. 

Penang mega reclamation project a divisive issue on the ground

27 July 2019 – Tho Xin Yi of CNA, a Singaporean news portal, wrote an article detailing the Penang South Reclamation project and its impact to the fishermen and the environment on Penang Island. 

PSR Puts Penang in Danger 

25 July 2019 Professor Emeritus Dr Hans-Dieter Evers of the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia said the island of Penang is in danger from disasters due to the impact of land reclamation works. He predicts that major flooding, landslides and collapsed buildings to happen within 20 to 40 years on the island due to climate change. He feels the state and their developer partners fails to put into consideration on the impact of rising water levels due to climate change in their plans. In addition to that, he feels that the state is only thinking about the short term financial gains and passes on the long-term negative impact of the project on future generations of Penangites. 

PSR: Penang Promises To Consider All Views

20 July 2019 – Chow Kon Yeow, Chief Minister of Penang said he is aware of the concerns on the numerous reclamation projects in the state and give assurance that these projects will use best practices used internationally. He also assures that mitigation measures on the impact of these projects will be in place when the projects are done. He reiterated the state has and will be forthcoming about the Penang South Reclamation project.

Journey to complete 3 Island Reclamation Project Will Be Tedious Says Penang CM

16 July 2019 –  Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the Penang South Reclamation project will be a “tedious” task, owing to the list of 72 conditions imposed by the Department of Environment (DoE) and other safeguards. Chow said part of the 72 conditions will be included in a “Penang Offset Master Plan”, believed to be the first of its kind, to reduce potential environmental impact as a result of the reclamation. The master plan will include measures to protect the coasts, sea and fisheries, with the placement of artificial reefs, planting of mangrove saplings, and funding for the study of turtles and coral reefs.

Chow: DoE has okayed Penang South Reclamation scheme

5 July 2019 – The Penang South Reclamation (PSR) scheme near Teluk Kumbar has been given the thumbs-up by the Environment Department (DoE), says Chow Kon Yeow. The Penang Chief Minister confirmed that the state government had received an approval letter via fax from the DoE on Thursday (July 4) over its application to implement the PSR.

Five reasons why the PTMP is a white elephant masterplan

21 April 2019 –  Roger Teoh, who is currently pursuing a PhD at the Centre for Transport Studies at Imperial College London in the United Kingdom wrote an opinion piece on why the Penang Transport Master Plan is a folly. He lists his reasons as follows:

  1. High population density projections – he cast doubt on the ambitious projection
  2. Cost of Pan Island Link 1 (PIL 1) – cast doubt on the high cost of the project compared to other projects in the country. 
  3. Artificially inflated benefits of Light Rapid Train – He feels the State is overstating the benefits of the LRTs on the island. 
  4. Traffic congestion is here to stay – One of the benefits purported for the PTMP is that is will reduce congestion on the island’s roads. He cast doubt over that assertion.
  5. 40 % of public transport modal share will be missed – In his expert opinion that getting the Penangites to use public transportation will miss the 40% goal. 

Khalid: NPPC Did Not Green Light Penang South Reclamation Project 

19 April 2019 – Khalid Abdul Samad, the Federal Territories Minister said on 19 April 2019, that the National Physical Planning Council (NPPC) has not approved for the Penang South Reclamation project to start. He said that the NPPC had stipulated that the state government of Penang consider 18 conditions, which includes approvals on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Social Impact Assessment (SIA) from relevant agencies. Khalid’s statement contradicts Chow Kon Yeow, Penang Chief Minister, who said on Thursday that the NPCC has approved the PSR project to start.  However, according to current government practice, the project has been approved.

NGOs Shocked Penang South Reclamation Project Given Green Light

18 April 2019 –  S.M. Mohamed Idris, president of The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) were baffled as to how the PSR could be approved when there were huge financial, social and environmental concerns over the project, including its effects on the livelihoods of local fishermen. Idris said many fundamental concerns had been raised by concerned citizens and NGOs and they did not know how these concerns had been addressed.

Penang South Reclamation Project Gets Putrajaya Greenlight 

18 April 2019 – Penang Chief Minister,Chow Kon Yeow, in a posting on his social media account on 18 April, announced that the proposed Penang South Reclamation  PSR project was considered and subsequently approved by National Physical Planning Council (NPPC) chaired by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad., as long as it adheres to 18 conditions set.

Examining Penang’s South Reclamation Scheme

19 December 2018 Timothy Thye, a spokesperson for AnakPinang, a Penang-based civil society group, wrote an article detailing the need for a rational discussion on the impact 

FORBES: What Could Happen If Malaysia Builds Three More Islands

25 May 2018 – Wade Shepard, a contributor for Forbes Magazine, wrote an expose on the Penang South Reclamation project, with in-depth background of the project, economic and environmental impact it will have for the people of Penang.  

 

Related News: Kim-kim River Chemical Pollution

Pasir Gudang chemical spill: Singaporean and Company Director pleads not guilty to 15 charges. 

25 March 2019 – P Tech Resources, a used tyre processing company, and its two directors were charged over their involvement in the Pasir Gudang chemical pollution case. It is alleged their actions has caused a wave of poisoning cases that has affected 2,770 people. It resulted in 111 schools being closed and a massive clean up operation in that area. 

Johor has closed 111 schools over toxic gases from a polluted river – here’s the full timeline of what happened

14 March 2019 – 111 schools in the Pasir Gudang district were closed by the government after around 1.000 people fell ill due to gas poisoning in the past few weeks. It is believed that the fumes came from the dumping of chemicals into the nearby Kim-Kim river by factories in the area. This article by Business Insider Malaysia gives a detailed time-line of this incident. 

Dozen rushed to the hospital due to toxic fumes

8 March 2019 – Students from SK Taman Pasir Putih fell ill after the start of the school day. Students started to complain of feeling unwell and difficulty in breathing. The Fire and Rescue Department were alerted and the school was instructed to shut down. Similar incidents of illness started to appear in nearby schools which alerted the authorities that something is out of the usual is happening. It is believed that the students fell ill due to fumes coming from chemical waste that have been dumped along Kim-kim River which is about 500m away from the schools. 

Related News: Lynas Advanced Materials Plant

Lynas applies to process more rare-earth material in Kuantan

22 October 2019 – According to a quarterly report by Lynas Corp dated 30 September 2019, the Gebeng rare earth plan was operating at a reduced capacity. This is because the Malaysian government has yet to approve the plant’s application to increase the lanthanide (metallic elements with atomic numbers 57 – 71) concentrate processing limits in 2019. This delay in approval has led to the Australian company in expressing their frustration as they feel they have done everything that is expected from a foreign investor and applying standards higher than used in other industries.  

No word from Lynas on the location of permanent disposal facility says Pahang MB

19 August 2019Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, the Menteri Besar of Pahang said the state government has never discussed with Lynas on the location of the Permanent Disposal Facility (PDF) in the state of Pahang. No formal application has been made on the location of the PDFs. He said this in reply to a question parliament. In this article, he specified that the discussion with Lynas has been centred around the investments that the company will have in the state.

Australia’s man in Malaysia says Lynas Call was a big test.

19 August 2019 – Australia’s high commissioner to Malaysia says Mahathir Mohamad-led nation has passed a big test in the eyes of international investors by granting Lynas Corporation a conditional six-month extension on its operating licence despite protests against the rare earth producer. High commissioner Andrew Goledzinowski said the Malaysia government, led by 94-year-old Dr Mahathir, had improved its standing with the global investment community by basing the Lynas decision on science, not the politics surrounding the company’s storage of low-level radioactive waste.

At the anti-Lynas rally, calls for Pakatan MPs to quit but no burning of the manifesto.

18 August 2019The anti-Lynas rally today saw 400 protesters demanding for Pakatan Harapan (PH) MPs’ resignations but decided against burning the PH manifesto as planned. Malaysiakini reported that Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) leader Tan Bun Teet told the press that it decided against this following comments by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Government “Very Cautious” in approving a license for Lynas

18 August 2019Prof. Mazlin Mokhtar, the chairperson of the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) Operations Evaluation Executive Committee said that the government has taken very cautious steps and given strict conditions on Lynas. These important steps are the factors that the government will take into consideration when deliberating to renew the license.

Govt renews Lynas’ licence for six months, but effectively gives it four more years

16 August 2019 – The Pakatan Harapan government has been receiving a lot of backlash from their decision to give Lynas Corp a six months license to operate in Gebeng, Pahang. Voices of criticism came from Faziah Salleh, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and Kuantan MP to people from civil society organisations. 

Faziah, whose political platform was built on her activism against the construction of the rare earth  plant said in a statement; 

“The new condition means the public will bear the risk of exposure to effects from radioactive water leach purification (WLP) waste produced in Gebeng for another four years. And Malaysia has to accept the toxic waste from Lynas,”

Hon Kai Pin, the legal adviser for “Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas!” pressure group reiterates Faziah’s disappointment by saying; 

“Lynas has already generated close to 600,000 tonnes of thorium waste to date. Lynas has essentially been given a free-hand to continue to generate even more toxic radioactive waste in Malaysia to pollute and contaminate our environment,” 

Lynas’ licence renewed for another six months 

15 August 2019 – In a statement released by the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) on 15 August 2019, the government has agreed to renew Lynas Corp operating license for six months with certain conditions to be met with regards to the processing of waste from their plant. Lynas will have to move its cracking and leaching process, which is currently conducted in its plant in Kuantan, out of the country. It was also stipulated that Lynas will have to end all research and development activities related to the use of the radioactive WLP residue as Condisoil in the field of agriculture. The company also has to contribute 0.5% of its annual gross profit, which was allocated for research and development activities, to the Malaysian government until the “cracking and leaching” facility overseas starts operating.

Msia asks Lynas for waste plan before licence renewal

1 August 2019 –  The controversial rare earth plant in Kuantan, Pahang operated by Lynas Corp is due to have its operating licence renewed on 2 September 2019. The Malaysian government is waiting for the Australian company to send their plans to manage low levels of radioactive waste at the plant. This was revealed by Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad on 1 August 2019. 

Taking a Risk for Rare Earths

8 March 2011 – This New York Times article was attributed for highlighting the issue of the Lynas plant in Kuantan in 2011.

 

Related News: Papar Dam, Sabah

Papar Dam, another promise broken

6 September 2019Community members from Ulu Papar, Sabah traveled across the South China Sea to Kuala Lumpur to mobilise Malayans to stop the construction of the proposed Papar Dam in Sabah. The nine Sabahan delegation are part of the Task Force Against Kaiduan Dam, who believes that the new dam is actually a rehashed Kaiduan Dam that was proposed by the deposed Barisan National government and had been strongly opposed by Pakatan Harapan before GE14. The new dam will submerge 12 villages and displace around 3000 people who live in the vicinity. 

Cost-benefit analysis necessary for Papar Dam, says geologist

2 August 2019 –Prof Dr Felix Tongkul told The Star newspaper that the Sabah government needs to do a thorough cost-benefit analysis of the Papar Dam and other alternatives. He presented a 76 page presentation to Chief Minister Mohd Shafie Abpdal on 19 July 2019 on the possible environmental and social impact that the Papar Dam. He said the dam will destroy established villages like Kampung Timpayasa, Kampung Babagon Laut, Kampung Terian, Kampung Tiku and Kampung Buayan.

New ‘final’ site for Papar dam

27 June 2019 – The site for a RM 3 billion hydro-electric dam has been identified by the Sabah state government. The new 100 kilovolt-ampere (KVA) hydro dam will be built on a site near Kampung Mandoringin in Ulu Papar. This was announced by Peter Anthony, State Infrastructure Development Minister, when he was visiting the construction site on 27 June 2019.  The construction cost of the dam will be covered through a soft loan from the Federal Government and he reiterated that the current residence will be given the necessary assistance such as new settlements and cash incentives.

Construction of RM2 billion Papar dam to begin next year

24 March 2019 – Construction of a dam in Papar will start in 2020 at a cost of RM 2 billion,  announced Peter Anthony, the Sabah Infrastructure Development Minister on 24 March 2019. The construction of the damn would help to meet the increasing demand for water by residence and industries in the Papar and Kota Kinabalu area. The minister said that they are still waiting for reports from the Department of Environment and other agencies before announcing the area and rivers that will be dam up.

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Malaysia adopts policies to ensure sustainable oil palm cultivation

23 September 2019 – Malaysia has adopted several key policies to ensure sustainable oil palm cultivation, including capping the total of oil palm cultivated area to 6.5 million hectares, said Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok. The policies also included stopping the planting of oil palm in peatland areas and strengthening regulations concerning existing oil palm cultivation on peatland, she said. “We also banned the conversion of forest reserved areas for oil palm cultivation and also pledged to make the oil palm plantation maps available for public access,” she said at the 39th Palm Oil Familiarisation Programme (POFP), here today.

C4 – Teresa Kok, the Minister for Primary Industries made a statement that her ministry has initiatives that can improve the sustainability and lower the environmental impact of the Palm Oil Industry in Malaysia. This statement was made in conjunction with an event with industry players to promote Palm Oil. On paper, these initiatives look like positive steps have been made in balancing economic growth and environmental protection as stated in Promise 39 of the PH manifesto. It is too soon to see the impact of the initiative and judgement will be reserved for now. However, her inability to articulate and express concerns that the public has on the industry questions her loyalties as minister; it for industry players or is for the public.

 

Haze: IOI, Sime Darby among M’sian firms blamed for Indonesia forest fires

13 September 2019 –  Malaysia is currently being blanketed by haze and poor air quality. The Indonesian government has identified four palm oil companies with Malaysian links which they suspect are the culprits of forest fires in Indonesia. The four companies are:

  1. Sukses Karya Sawit (a unit of IOI Corporation)
  2. Sime Indo Argo (a unit of Sime Darby Plantations)
  3. Rafi Kamajaya Abadi (a unit of TDM Berhad, which is owned by the state of Terengganu)
  4. Adei Plantations and Industry ( a unit of Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad)

 When contacted, Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin told Reuters that Indonesia should take action against any parties which had caused the fires.

Unfair to blame oil palm industry for haze, says Kok

20 September 2019 – It is unfair to blame the oil palm industry whenever the haze occurs, especially at the large plantations, says Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok. Speaking to reporters after opening the 39th Palm Oil Familiarisation Programme (POFP) hosted by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) in Putrajaya today, Kok said the forest fires that caused the current haze in the country was due to the El Nino season.

C4 – Teresa Kok’s deflection of the responsibility of the Palm Industry for the annual haze crisis that Malaysia is tone-deaf and brings to question to the effectiveness of her Ministry of Primary Industries in regulating Palm Oil corporations and players. El Nino is a regular occurrence that happens during the months of September and November each year. To plan land clearing and the methods around this yearly weather event is within the reach and ability of the industry.  Her comments and actions suggest that the current administration is failing to adhere to Promise 39 of the PH manifesto to balance economic growth with environmental protection.

Kok: Four oil palm plantation firms ready to answer accusations

13 September 2019 – The Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok expressed concern and surprised the four Malaysian companies identified by the Indonesian government for forest burning as established and respected palm oil cultivators that have adopted sustainability pledges. 

 

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5 facts about the waste dumping crisis in Malaysia that you probably didn’t know

16 June 2019 – This is an article by the Malaysian legal portal, AskLegal, that details 5 facts that will be helpful about plastic dumping crisis in Malaysia. The article attributes the dumping to illegal waste operators who have used misleading information to import such waste.

Yeo: Plastics dumped here to be shipped back today.

28 May 2019 – Yeo Bee Yin, the Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, said in an interview with the NST that more than 400 tonnes of plastic waste from Port Klang will be shipped back to their countries of origins. To her, this is about Malaysia upholding its dignity and protecting the environment. To address this problem, the ministry has imposed a ban on the importation of HS Code 3915 plastics, which involves plastic waste, scraps and pairings, since July 2018. 

 

Plastic pollution: One town smothered by 17,000 tonnes of rubbish

13 February 2019 – The BBC reported that 17,000 tonnes of plastic waste are imported in from all around the world (especially from developed nation) to the small town of Jenjarom, Selangor on 13 February 2019. The problem started in 2017, when China, the biggest importer for recyclable waste from the west, decided to ban their import. From that point onwards, recyclable waste from around starting turning up in countries like the Philippines and Malaysia. Semi-rural towns like Jenjarom saw a huge influx of waste that feeds into the recycling factories which emit noxious fumes which started affecting the health of the residence. Thirty-three of these factories were shut down the government as they were established illegally. However, 17,000 tonnes of waste that are emblazoned with logos from the developed world. The BBC also approached Yeo Bee Yin, the Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change about this matter. She said no one wants to handle the waste as it is contaminated and efforts to send the rubbish to be used as a fuel in a cement plant has failed due at a cost of RM 2.5 million to just send it to the plant. 

 

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Budget 2020: Government allocates RM30 million to resolve transboundary haze and pollution. 

12 October 2019 – In Lim Guan Eng’s 2020 budget presentation on 11 October 2019, RM30 million was allocated to the Department of Environment and the Chemistry Department to resolve the nearly yearly haze crisis. In addition to that, the government has additional money to mitigate floods, protection of endangered animals, biodiversity and environmental sustainability programs. 

Activist slams Penang govt over hill clearing

1 October 2019 – Two stop-work order was issued to a landowner who has been clearing a hill in Teluk Bahang. Multiple complaints have been made against the landowner to the Penang Island City Council (MBPP). The belligerent landowner continued with their quarrying activities. Residents and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are puzzled on why the MBPP is slow to act on the landowner.  

MACC turns attention to environment-related corruption

27 September 2019 Latheefa Koya, MACC Cheif commissioner announced that they have a former Customs Department director as part of the agency crack down on illegal logging, illegal mining and smuggling. This arrest was in line with the new MACC strategy to focus on corruption cases linked with environmental issues. 

C4 tells Penang govt to be transparent on reclamation project

27 September 2019: “Transparency needs to be the key driver of the Pakatan government”. C4 Center, the corruption watchdog has called on the Penang government to be transparent in its dealings over the billion ringgit Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project. 

Take time to properly review PTMP, civil societies tell Penang govt

27 September 2019:Transparency must be the key driver of the Pakatan Harapan government if they want to be different from the previous one. “Right now it is still a black hole. There is a lot of greyness and I think that really adds to the anxiety of the fishermen and some of the groups that work to support a sustainable environment and people’s right. In the end, if there is corruption involved, it becomes devastating” – Cynthia Gabriel

Malaysia adopts policies to ensure sustainable oil palm cultivation

23 September 2019 Malaysia has adopted several key policies to ensure sustainable oil palm cultivation, including capping the total of oil palm cultivated area to 6.5 million hectares, said Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok. The policies also included stopping the planting of oil palm in peatland areas and strengthening regulations concerning existing oil palm cultivation on peatland, she said. “We also banned the conversion of forest reserved areas for oil palm cultivation and also pledged to make the oil palm plantation maps available for public access,” she said at the 39th Palm Oil Familiarisation Programme (POFP), here today.

C4 – Teresa Kok, the Minister for Primary Industries made a statement that her ministry has initiatives that can improve the sustainability and lower the environmental impact of the Palm Oil Industry in Malaysia. This statement was made in conjunction with an event with industry players to promote Palm Oil. On paper, these initiatives look like positive steps have been made in balancing economic growth and environmental protection as stated in Promise 39 of the PH manifesto. It is too soon to see the impact of the initiative and judgement will be reserved for now. However, her inability to articulate and express concerns that the public has on the industry questions her loyalties as minister; it for industry players or is for the public.

Haze: IOI, Sime Darby among M’sian firms blamed for Indonesia forest fires

13 September 2019 –  Malaysia is currently being blanketed by haze and poor air quality. The Indonesian government has identified four palm oil companies with Malaysian links which they suspect are the culprits of forest fires in Indonesia. This companies identified are IO Corporation and Sime Darby Plantations.  When contacted, Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin told Reuters that Indonesia should take action against any parties which had caused the fires. 

Unfair to blame oil palm industry for haze, says Kok

20 September 2019 – It is unfair to blame the oil palm industry whenever the haze occurs, especially at the large plantations, says Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok. Speaking to reporters after opening the 39th Palm Oil Familiarisation Programme (POFP) hosted by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) in Putrajaya today, Kok said the forest fires that caused the current haze in the country was due to the El Nino season.

C4 – Teresa Kok’s deflection of the responsibility of the Palm Industry for the annual haze crisis that Malaysia is tone-deaf and brings to question to the effectiveness of her Ministry of Primary Industries in regulating Palm Oil corporations and players. El Nino is a regular occurrence that happens during the months of September and November each year. To plan land clearing and the methods around this yearly weather event is within the reach and ability of the industry.  Her comments and actions suggest that the current administration is failing to adhere to Promise 39 of the PH manifesto to balance economic growth with environmental protection.

Kok: Four oil palm plantation firms ready to answer accusations

13 September 2019 – The Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok expressed concern and surprised the four Malaysian companies identified by the Indonesian government for forest burning as established and respected palm oil cultivators that have adopted sustainability pledges.

Review regularly the environmental policies and regulations and benchmarked against International Best Practices

Yeo: Govt drawing up cross-border pollution law

24 September 2019 The Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry (MESTECC) will be preparing a cabinet paper on the need to create a Transboundary Pollution Act in three months. This bill will be called the “Cross-Border Pollution Act” and will apply to Malaysian companies and individuals and hold them overseas polluters accountable. 

C4 – The Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) move to push ahead for a Transboundary Pollution Act to the cabinet needs to be welcome. As this will allow the administration to bring those responsible from any country who caused pollution in Malaysia. According to Yeo, “The act if approved will include haze and other pollution so that the government can take action against Malaysian companies or citizens who commit such offences in other countries but resulted in pollution to our country,”. The wider scope of the act proposed by MESTECC will help to bring individuals or corporations who pollute the nation like cases plastic waste, haze and oil spills to the task. It is hoped that this act would include substantial fines proportionate to the crime which hope to be used to rehabilitate the pollution site and maybe set up mechanisms to prevent it from happening again. This welcome move by MESTECC is in line with Promise 39 of the PH manifesto concerning the environment.

27 August 2019 A joint conference between the federal and Johor state governments needs to be conducted to address environmental issues and to pave the way for a blueprint to ensure environmental quality in the state.

C4 – A “climate emergency” needs to be called as the government’s and population’s lackadaisical attitude towards the environment by the government and the general public will hurt us and the future generation. The past months Malaysia have been plagued with dangerous environmental disasters from landslides, worsening air quality, the dumping of western plastic waste to the tragic pollution cases in Johor that has affected school children. The time for thinking is over. Now is the time for action.

8 July 2019 – Putrajaya has no intention of amending the Federal Constitution to curb deforestation, says Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Xavier Jayakumar. As Xavier explained, it was agreed during the formation of Malaysia that land falls under the jurisdiction of state governments. 

As per Mid-term review of the 11th Malaysia Plan (2016 – 2020):

Strengthening Policy, Legislation and Institutional Framework

Improving Capacity and Capability, Intensifying enforcement and compliance and Improving environment-related data for reporting, monitoring and evaluation

Sustainable Infrastructure Rating Tool

4 May 2019 With the Sungai Kim Kim toxic pollution and plastic waste crises grabbing headlines, it’s easy to miss what else the Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry (Mestecc) has been doing. Minister Yeo Bee Yin, who helms the vast ministry, has been implementing 80 initiatives across its many agencies since assuming the post on July 2 last year.

12 December 2018 – Malaysia participated in UN Climate Conference to hammer out a work programme to implement Paris Agreement commitment to limit the rise in global average surface temperature to less than 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century.

16 October 2018 – Government to finalise details of banning the import of non-recyclable plastic waste by year-end

All development projects must comply with international environmental protection standards

12 July 2019 –  The operating permit of a factory carrying out metal and e-waste recycling activities in Industrial Area 2, near Segamat, was suspended immediately today after it was found to have caused air pollution.

19 October 2018 – Government identified initiatives to increase sustainable development including:

  • Formulating an Environmental Protection Act
  • Cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 45% relative to level in 2005
  • Installing 8,885 MW of renewable energy
  • Targeting 30% recycling rate for household waste
  • Developing an integrated weather and flood forecasting system

Review approved or ongoing controversial projects to ensure compliance with established standards

27 September 2019 

The Penang Tolak Tambak coalition would brief the media on the “Opacity, Overreach and Collateral Damage” of the state’s megaprojects – Penang South Reclamation (PSR) and the RM46 billion transport master plan (PTMP).

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C4 – Transparency and accountability needs to be incorporated at all steps in any development projects and not only stop at the early tendering stages. Based on the statement by the “Penang Tolak Tambak” coalition, the public consultative process for the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project was mired with missed opportunities and opaqueness. This has lead to a massive erosion of public trust. The lack of information and close consultation with the people by the developer and state government has left a bitter taste as it left an impression that the state is only concerned about the economic benefits of the project. The Penang Tolak Tambak coalition and the Penang Fishermen Association will organise a strike on 4 November to highlight the importance of the fishing industry in the state and the plight of the people affected by the PSR. They have resorted to this as they feel that their voices are being drowned out by cash-rich developers and politically connected group. Promise 30 of the PH manifesto promised to balance economic growth with environmental protection; it seems they are ignoring this promise for cold hard cash. Granted, that with more development will lead to increase prosperity, but what is the point of that if there are no longer fish and seafood products in the supermarket to buy. 

27 September 2019 “Right now it is still a black hole. There is a lot of greyness, and I think that really adds to the anxiety of the fishermen and some of the groups that work to support sustainable environment and people’s right. In the end, if there is corruption involved, it becomes devastating”  – Cynthia Gabriel (Executive Director for C4 Center)

C4 – The megaprojects in Penang like the Penang Transport Master Plan and Penang South Reclamation need to have accountability and transparency built-in. The Penang State government, which is led by the Democratic Action Party (a key party in the Pakatan Harapan coalition), commissioned these projects via proposal instead of open tender. This suspicious process calls into question the sincerity of the administration towards the procurement process and to the people of Penang. Pakatan Haparan needs to put transparency as a critical driver in the administration to clean out the rot that is blemishing the reputation of our country. All aspects of these projects need to have processes that allow for public scrutiny as their impact or damage the environment and Penangnites might be irreversible. Where are the promises that were made last year when Lim Guan Eng, DAP leader, when campaigning for our vote? Are were handing over the reign of our country for one crook to another?

29 August 2019 – The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report for Lynas to build a landfill to store its neutralisation underflow (NUF) residue has been approved by the Department of Environment (DOE) with 68 conditions. In an email to Malaysiakini, the DOE said these conditions include limiting the NUF secure landfill to a height of 30m from ground level, excluding its “capping”, which is approximately the height of a nine-storey building.

C4 – Lynas received approval by the Department of Environment (DOE) to build a landfill for waste from their plant. Their proposal was approved with 68 conditions to mitigate concerns by the DOE. On paper, this move by the PH government seems to be adhering to Promise 39 of their manifesto where they are reviewing approved or ongoing controversial projects to ensure compliance with established standards. However, the spirit of the manifesto has tarnished as several PH members of parliament were elected on an Anti-Lynas platform.  A promise is a promise, and more needs to be done to explain and action to be seen resolve this issue before it turns to a festering pile of resentment.

23 August 2019A special audit on the sale of land owned by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will be conducted with the assistance of the National Audit Department, said Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad.

19 August 2019The rare earth processing company Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Lynas) has yet to submit a formal application on the specific location of the Permanent Disposal Facility for its Water Leached Purification (WLP) residue in the state.

19 August 2019 – Australia’s high commissioner to Malaysia says the Mahathir Mohamad-led nation has passed a big test in the eyes of international investors by granting Lynas Corporation a conditional six-month extension on its operating licence despite protests against the rare earths producer. High commissioner Andrew Goledzinowski said the Malaysia government, led by 94-year-old Dr Mahathir, had improved its standing with the global investment community by basing the Lynas decision on science, not the politics surrounding the company’s storage of low-level radioactive waste.

18 August 2019 – The anti-Lynas rally today saw 400 protesters demanding for Pakatan Harapan (PH) MPs’ resignations but decided against burning the PH manifesto as planned. Malaysiakini reported that Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) leader Tan Bun Teet told the press that it decided against this following comments by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

18 August 2019The government is seen as being very cautious and takes into account numerous factors before making a decision to renew the operating licence of the rare earth processing factory, Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd, di Gebeng, Kuantan, for six months.

2 May 2019The Energy, Science, Technology, Climate Change and Environment Ministry (MESTECC) has appointed a new director for the Johor Department of Environment (DoE) to strengthen the department’s machinery to address river pollution in the state.

26 March 2019 – The state Environment Protection Department have given green light to the proposed Papar Dam although the necessary environmental impact assessment reports had yet to be completed.

Sabah Environmental Protection Association called for a strategic environmental assessment on managing water for the whole state, which should be done prior to thee EIA. 

26 September 2018 – The government has charted a zero-waste plan to abolish single-use plastic by 2030 

 

To reduce 40% carbon emissions by 2020, as to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
Reduce the dependence on coal power plants to reduce CO2 emissions
Re-evaluate investment policy to prioritise high technology industries and to use energy from renewable resources
Ensure strict rules enforcement to prevent pollution by foreign companies

30 May 2019 – Penang Customs Department (JKDM) today revealed that 265 containers of plastic waste have been brought into the state and are now abandoned at the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT) since January.

10 June 2019 – More stringent checks will be carried out on containers at all ports to ensure no prohibited plastic waste enters the country.

Customs director-general Datuk Paddy Abdul Halim said they are working with the National Solid Waste Management Department (NSWMD) and the Department of Environment to combat the smuggling of plastic waste into Malaysia.

25 October 2018 – Government committee created to analyse the issue of Malaysia being the world’s “trash can” for processing plastic waste

Set-up a National Coordination Council for Climate Adaptation and Mitigation to coordinate the actions of the federal, state and local government

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