The New Malaysian Parliament Must Amend The Environmental Quality Act To Punish Malaysian Companies and Foreign Companies Operating In Malaysia That Contributed To The Haze By Directly Or Indirectly Causing Forest Fires In Indonesia.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng on 21 June 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.

DAP calls for new laws to be enacted by the new Malaysian Parliament by amending the Environmental Quality Act to prevent any companies from contributing to the hazardous and severe haze afflicting Singapore and Malaysia that will have harmful health consequences to the affected population. So hazardous is the haze that 200 schools in Muar, Batu Pahat and Pasir Gudang had to be shut down.

The people are expecting some sort of direct action from our new parliamentarians. I will be directing Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching to present such proposals through an urgent motion in Parliament next week.

Such proposed laws must be the immediate task of the new group of MPs which will allow Malaysia to take action against any Malaysian companies AND foreign companies operating in Malaysia that contributed or was responsible or played a par directly or indirectly in the trans-boundary fires in Indonesia that caused pollution to harmful levels, adverse health effects and economic losses across the region.

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Speech during World Enviroment Day Celebration 2013

Speech by Chief Minister of Penang and Penang Green Council Chairman, Lim Guan Eng during World Environment Day Celebration 2013 on 16 June 2013:

Thank you for joining us this morning for the World Environment Day Celebration during the Car Free Day of George Town. I would like to wish Selamat Datang or Welcome to all of you.

During 6 June, the actual date of World Environment Day, the Penang State government has announced that we will take the lead by implementing Green Public Procurement (GPP) by requiring all government purchases be given priority to green products, such as name cards printed on recycled materials using soy-ink (non-toxic). This suggests that the government to look into life-cycle costing and apply pressure on suppliers to bring more environmentally friendly products to the market place through a combination of legislation and changes in tendering policy.

According to UNEP, Government purchasing can account for up to 30% of gross domestic product. GPP harnesses the government’s immense buying power in favor of sustainable development goals, it will be a major factor in social and economic progress, innovation and environmental protection.

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World Environment Day Celebration 2013 in Penang (en/cn)

Press Statement by Chief Minister of Penang and Penang Green Council Chairman, LimGuan Eng at KOMTAR on 12 June 2013:

In conjunction with the World Environment Day every 5 Jun, Penang Green Council (PGC) is organizing the World Environment Day Celebration 2013 on 16th June 2013 (Sunday), at Lebuh Pantai from 8.00 am to 12.00 noon.

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save. Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your FOODprint. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.

Malaysians are either overeating or wasting food, throwing away up to 930 tonnes of unconsumed food daily. This is equivalent to throwing away 93,000 10kg bags of rice each day.

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For Penang To Be No. 1 in Malaysia, We Must Also Be No. 1 in Green Initiatives That Makes Penang Cleaner, Greener, Safer and Healthier.(en/bm/cn)

Opening Speech By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng During The Launch Of The “Penang Green Report Card Roadshow” at Gurney Plaza On 19.3.2013

I am very pleased to be here today to officiate the “Penang Green Report Card Roadshow”, which presents the achievement of Penang PR government over the last five year.

Our vision is for Penang is to become an international and intelligent state – one that educates and nurtures talent; one that promotes and rewards diligence, expertise and entrepreneurship; one that is livable by being clean, green, safe and healthy; and one that practices integrity, justice and people-centric governance.

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BN Cabinet And The 4 Ministers Are Lying That Rare Earth Toxic Waste Residue Must Be Exported Out Of Malaysia Because Lynas Will Not Dare Lie To The Australian Stock Exchange(ASE) With Their Statement That The License Permitted The Wastes To Remain In Malaysia.(en/bm/cn)

Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng on 14 December 2012 in Kuala Lumpur.

Is the Malaysian Cabinet and in particular 4 Ministers lying or Lynas the liar, over the controversy whether the Temporary Operating License(TOL) granted to Lynas has a strict conditon that the rare earth toxic waste residue can not remain in Malaysia but must be exported out of the country? Whilst Lynas claims that it has become a political football due to impending general elections, this is a serious issue with long-term consequences lasting a lifetime that is more important than once in 5 years elections.

Many Malaysians worried about their health and children’s safety are asking following conflicting reports between both Lynas and the Malaysian government whether the TOL makes it compulsory for the wastes to be exported. Based on which party the statements were addressed to, it is clear that Lynas is telling the truth and the entire BN Cabinet is lying.

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Speech By CM During Review & Planning Workshop On Eco Town 2012

Ladies & Gentlemen,

Good morning! I am very happy to see so many participants here today to this important issue in Penang-Eco-town Workshop. I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome delegates who are here for the first time.

I understand that the involvement of Penang in the eco-town process started since 2004 and it continues today. Since its inception, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/ International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) and the Global Environment Centre (GEC) have generously been supporting this kind of workshops in various cities in the Asia-Pacific Region.

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Lynas Admission That Rare Earth Waste Will Not Be Exported Out But Will Remain in Malaysia Presents A Rare Opportunity For The Malaysian Government To Cancel The Kuantan Rare Earth Facility For Breach Of Compliance Without Needing To Pay Compensation.(en/bm/cn)

Opening Speech by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng During The Joint DAPSY and Wanita National Congress On 9.12.2012 in Kuala Lumpur.

DAP demands that BN should stop the operation of Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp) now or 4 Ministers should resign to take full responsibility for failing to fulfill their own promise that the rare earth waste will not remain but be exported out of Malaysia. BN’s insincerity and lack of commitment to make public health and safety the utmost priority follows a recent admission by Lynas’ Managing Director, Mashal Ahmad that no residues from the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp) would be exported out from Malaysia.

The admission by Mashal contradicts the 7-paragraph joint ministerial statement on 22 February 2012 by 4 ministers whose portfolios are directly associated with Lynas’ application to set up and operate the plant namely International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamad; Science and Technology Minister Maximus Johnity Ongkili; Natural Resources and Environment Minister Douglas Unggah Embas; and Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai as follows:
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Kurangkan Risiko Ancaman Alam Sekitar Dengan Menolak Kilang Nadir Bumi Lynas Di Kuantan Dan Cadangan Membina 2 Loji Reaktor Nuklear Di Malaysia Serta Mengkaji Semula Lokasi RAPID di Pengerang, Johor.(bm/cn)

Kenyataan Akhbar Setiausaha Agung DAP Dan Ahli Parlimen Kawasan Bagan Lim Guan Eng Di Kuala Lumpur Pada 26.10.2012.

DAP ingin mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidiladha kepada semua umah Islam dan mengirimkan harapan keamanan, kemakmuran, keadilan dan kebebasan dalam keadaan yang adil dan saksama. Konsep pengorbanan dalam Islam amatlah dikagumi, termasuk mesra dengan alam sekitar yang dikurniakan yang dikurniakan oleh Tuhan.

Demi memastikan tidak berlakunya pencemaran alam sekitar maka DAP ingin mencadangkan projek-projek pembangunan yang mencemarkan alam sekitar seperti kilang nadir bumi Lynas di Kuantan ditutup, menolak atau membatalkan cadangan kerajaan persekutuan BN membina 2 loji reaktor nuklear di Malaysia serta mengkaji semula lokasi RAPID di Pengerang, Johor.

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Pahang Voters Must Punish BN For Breaking Its Promises of Building An Independent Chinese School In Kuantan, Protecting The People’s Health In The Lynas Rare Earth Plant In Kuantan and The Use of Cyanide By The Raub Australian Gold Mining Sdn Bhd (RAGM) In Bukit Koman Before The General Elections. (en/cn)

Speech By Penang Chief Minister and DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng At The DAP Pahang State Annual Convention In Raub On 9.9.2012.

Pahang must punish BN for breakin gits promises of building an independent Chinese school in Kuantan, protecting the people’s health in the Lynas Rare Earth Plant in Kuantan and the use of cyanide by the Raub Australian Gold Mining Sdn Bhd(RAGM) in Bukit Koman before the general elections.

In Johor the Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC) project is causing grave problems to the villagers, including eight old Chinese cemeteries. In Pahang, the problem is even more acute as a result of a powerful BN that has become arrogant and forgot to listen to the people.

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The 2 Year Temporary Operating License(TOL) To Lynas Rare Earth Plant Leaves Malaysians No Choice But To Choose Health And Public Safety Over Profits And 2 Nuclear Reactors By Replacing The BN With A PR Government. (en/cn)

The Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) announcement of a temporary operating licence (TOL) by Lynas (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, effective for a two-year period from Sept 3 this year, shows that the only alternative left to close down the Lynas plant is to replace BN. The AELB’s assurances that Lynas had made a commitment to remove from Malaysia the Water Leach Purification residue arising from the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp) project, is an empty meaningless one when Lynas has refused to state where or which country the residue would be going to.

Further such removal of toxic or radioactive residue contravenes international covenants of its removal from one country to another, such as the Basel Convention, unless it is returned to its source. Returning to its source is impossible when Australia has declared that it would not accept back the rare earth residue mined from Western Australia. Where then would Lynas to find a country willing to accept millions of tonnes of its waste unless of course it is the the backyard of the homes of BN Ministers?

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Hill Development Projects: Putting The Record Straight From Star’s Dishonest Efforts to Rewrite History (en/cn)

Star has developed a persistent blind spot by insisting that the previous BN government did no wrong whilst the present PR state government must shoulder the entire blame for inheriting all the hill projects above 250 feet approved by the previous BN government. The Penang state government has to put the record straight from this dishonest attempt to rewrite history.

In its enthusiasm to lynch the Penang PR state government, Star has ignored the fact that the Penang PR state government did not approve any development projects above 250 feet. At the same time, the MCA-owned paper makes the startling claim that there are PR or DAP assemblymen who agree with the Star that the hills in Penang are dying under PR’s stewardship. Nothing can be further from the truth.

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Datuk Seri Najib Razak Can Only Convince Malaysians That “Scientific Facts” Have Proven That The Lynas Corp Rare Earth Refinery In Gebeng, Pahang Will Be Safe If The Waste Residue Are Stored Behind The Prime Minister’s Residence.(en/bm/cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 23.6.2012.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak can only convince Malaysians that “scientific facts” have proven that the Lynas Corp rare earth refinery in Gebeng, Pahang will be safe if the waste residue are stored behind the prime minister’s residence. Can the Prime Minister explain to the residents of Bukit Merah in Perak who suffered from radioactive contamination from the rare earth plant, how scientific facts saved them?

The public has indeed made an informed decision regarding the safety of the rare earth refinery when they can see that Australian government refuses to take back the rare earth residue and that the Lynas facility is not sited in Putrajaya but amongst the ordinary rakyat in Gebeng. How can the Prime Minister be so insensitive as to describe genuine concerns of health and public safety as “imaginary fears”, when he or his wife and children do not have to face the risks should anything go wrong?

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Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin Should Move His Parliamentary Constituency From Pasir Gudang To Indera Mahkota Or Kuantan To Prove His Sincerity In Staying Beside The Lynas Advanced Material Plant (Lamp) Which He Described As “the safest rare earth plant in the world.”(en/cn)

DAP challenges Higher Education Minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin and parliamentary select committee’s (PSC) report on Lamp to prove his willingness to live next to the plant as announced in the press yesterday. Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin should move his parliamentary constituency from Pasir Gudang to Indera Mahkota or Kuantan(where Lamp is located) to prove his sincerity in staying beside the LAMP.

If Dato Seri Khaled can describe Lamp as “the safest rare earth plant in the world.”, then when is he moving his family next door to the RM700 million rare earths processing plant in Gebeng, Kuantan. His comments on the safest rare earth plant in the world, made even before the PSC report on Lamp was tabled to Parliament clearly confirms suspicions that the PSC is designed to “whitewash” the issue and legitimatise the operation of Lamp.

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World Environment Day Message 2012 (en/cn)

DAP World Environment Day Message 2012 by DAP Secretary-General and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng on 4 June 2012.

By allowing rare earth refinery plants to be operated in Kuantan, petrochemical industry in Pengerang and two nuclear plants in the country, BN government has clearly proven that it is pursuing economic development at all cost at the expense of the environment and people’s health.

The 2012 theme for World Environment Day is “Green Economy: Does it include you?” According to 2012 United Nations Environment Program(UNEP), a Green Economy is one whose growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency, as well as prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. These investments need to be catalyzed and supported by targeted public expenditure, policy reforms and regulation changes.

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UMNO Can Not Hide Nor Run Away But Must Fully Answer For The Ugly Violence In Merlimau Against 2 DAP Melaka Assemblyman That Was Intended To Threaten The Safety Of Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan.(en/cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 22.5.2012

DAP strongly condemns the violent behaviour of the unruly group of 200 people who disrupted Bersih co-chairperson Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan’s scheduled visit to the Pusat Asuhan Tunas Islam (Pasti) As-Solihin, at Jalan Batu Gajah in Merlimau, for tea between 5pm and 6.30pm two days ago.

A group of non-governmental organisations and political parties including Perkasa and the Jasin UMNO Wanita and Youth wings had earlier lodged a police report at the Merlimau police station to object Bersih co-chairman Datuk S. Ambiga’s visit to Merlimau. Following such threats against Ambiga, she cancelled her appearance at the last minute after police advised the organisers against holding it. What’s worse, the mob began pelting two DAP state assemblyman and their supporters as they began to leave the event.

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