09 Oct '11, 11am

Malaysians protest against Australian rare earth plant

Malaysians protest against Australian rare earth plant

Malaysian protesters rallied on Sunday against plans to open a rare earth processing plant in an eastern resort town saying they fear it will harm the environment. -- PHOTO: AFP KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysian protesters rallied on Sunday against plans to open a rare earth processing plant in an eastern resort town saying they fear it will harm the environment. Thousands attended the sunrise gathering at a seaside park in Kuantan to oppose plans by Australian miner Lynas Corp to open the plant near the town in eastern Pahang state, said activist Tan Bun Teet. Activists and residents have long campaigned against the development, which is under construction, amid fears over the disposal of radioactive waste from the process. Holding banners reading 'Lynas get out' and umbrellas with an anti-nuclear sign, protesters chanted 'long live the people' and urged the government to ac...

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