Decision on Lynas licence soon

April 18, 2012 (Source: The Star) — Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili will consult experts and authorities before deciding on an appeal to revoke Lynas Corp’s licence “as soon as possible”.

In a statement issued yesterday, Dr Ongkili said he would study the documents tendered in an appeal by three individuals to revoke the company’s temporary operating licence for the rare earth plant in Gebeng, Pahang.

“The minister heard and went through the 14 points their counsel raised as the basis of their appeal. The counsel also brought forward four information providers who gave their testimonies to support a number of issues the appellants deemed pertinent,” the statement read.

The three – Ismail Abu Bakar, Tan Ah Meng and Abujavalli V. Raman – made their appeal in a hearing at the Nuklear Malaysia headquarters in Bangi yesterday under Section 32 of the Atomic Energy Licensing Act.

Dr Ongkili also said that four people were called to give expert evidence at the hearing including an assessor from the Public Consultation Assessment Committee, the Department of Environment and an academic.

The appellants were represented by lead counsel Datuk Bastian Vendargon, R. Sarengapani and Hon Kai Ping.

Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas chairman Tan Bun Teet said it would exhaust all options before pursuing legal measures.