The Lynas LAMP Visit.

Wilhelm who heads the analytical laboratories safety management department at the Karlsruhr Institute, he said Lynas had given a very open presentation and had addressed their problems well.

Today’s the big day. Everyone who’s anyone in the rare metals sector and in Malaysia today, is in Gebeng, Kuantan, visiting Lynas’ Advanced Materials Plant. The fact finding pilgrimage is led by Malaysia’s Parliamentary Select Committee investigating granting Lynas the temporary operating licence. They are expected to report back to Parliament shortly, possibly as early as next week. I find it hard to believe that they can do other than find in Lynas’ favour.

Below, Bernama Malaysia’s national news agency, covers today’s visit.

Continued Engagement With The Public Necessary, Say Rare Earth Expert
KUALA LUMPUR, May 10 (Bernama) — Rare earth experts say Lynas has been very open and direct in its response to misconceptions about the company’s rare earth plant in Gebeng, Kuantan.

They understand that people have their own perspectives of things, and feel that further communication and continued engagement are necessary for the public to understand the processes involved and the potential of the industry.

At the end of the day, facts matter, they say.

Alastair S. Neill, a leading rare earth expert from Canada and Executive Vice-President of Dacha Strategic Metals, said: “You cannot question other people’s perception because everybody has his own perspective, his own viewpoint.

“But at the end of the day, it has to come down to the facts and numbers and fact-based information,” he told Bernama during a visit to the Gebeng plant Tuesday in conjunction with the International Rare Earth Symposium, organised by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), where he was a guest speaker.

—- The experts were briefed by Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd management team, led by Managing Director Datuk Mashal Ahmad.

Neill said the briefing was very professional and that Lynas was trying to be as open and direct as possible in tackling misinformation about the plant.

Lifton said he was impressed with the safety and sophistication of the plant. “The plant is a big complex and people don’t usually understanding things that are bigger than they are,” he said.

Chun who is director of the state key lab of rare earth materials chemistry and applications at Peking University, said Lynas should communicate better with the public and convince them why it had came in, what it would introduce and why the future would be bright.

Below, yet another reason for Malaysia to get the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant operating. Once operating Malaysia stands to gain higher value manufacturing jobs.

Green Tech Has Potential To Boost Malaysia-Taiwan Trade
KUALA LUMPUR, May 10 (Bernama) — Emerging economic sectors such as green technology has the potential to increase trade and investment between Malaysia and Taiwan in future, says Malaysian Green Business Association President Tan Sri Mustafa Mansur.

He said given Taiwan’s expertise in the green technology sector, Malaysia can benefit through technology transfer as well as joint-venture initiatives.

“According to the Earth Policy Institute, Taiwan ranks third in the current world producer of photovoltaic accounting for about 15 per cent of the market share and together with China, share 60 per cent of the world’s solar photovoltaic market.

“On the other hand, Taiwan is also one of the world’s largest light-emitting diode (LED) manufacturing countries with output values at about US$1.6 billion in 2008,” said Mustafa on the sidelines of Green Technology Business Seminar.