20 May '11, 10am

Malaysians protest Australian rare earths plant - AsiaOne: AsiaOneMalaysians protest Australian rare earths plan...

Malaysians protest Australian rare earths plant - AsiaOne: AsiaOneMalaysians protest Australian rare earths plan...

KUALA LUMPUR - More than 150 people demonstrated Friday in the Malaysian capital against an Australian rare earths refinery they say will endanger residents and the environment. The protesters gathered outside the Australian High Commission under a heavy police presence, holding posters that read "Too toxic! Too risky!" and "We don't want Lynas" and "Lynas, go back to Australia." Lynas is the Australian company that is building a rare earths plant near the town of Kuantan in the eastern state of Pahang. The Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) was scheduled to begin processing rare earths - used in high-tech products from iPods to missiles - in the third quarter of 2011. Following public concern that the plant would produce radioactive waste, the government said last month it would not issue a pre-operating licence to Lynas and bar imports of raw materials from Australia ...

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