Hornbill Unleashed

June 27, 2017

Moratorium on bauxite mining to remain until GE14, Adnan says

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said the decision to extend the moratorium was agreed to by the state and federal governments because the Pahang government no longer had absolute right in the matter of bauxite mining. — Picture by Ahmad ZamzahuriThe temporary moratorium on bauxite mining in Pahang that was to have been lifted at the end of this month will remain in force until the next general election, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.

He said the move to extend the period of the prohibition was not “a political game” and expressed the hope that the people would consider the matter in a wider perception.

“The ruling government has to make the decision. Our mandate is up to the next general election, after which it depends on the government of the day. We have to wait until the general election,” he said to reporters here today. The next general election, the 14th, becomes due in June next year.

Adnan said the decision to extend the moratorium was agreed to by the state and federal governments because the Pahang government no longer had absolute right in the matter of bauxite mining following of the extensive environmental pollution caused by the mining activities.

“I am in favour of federal government assistance to resolve this problem, but it does not mean that I am washing my hands of this.

“We agreed to the extension of the moratorium but the state government will leave it to the federal government to make the final decision,” he said.

National Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar announced on March 27 that the moratorium had been extended to June 30 to enable the entrepreneurs to clear the bauxite stockpile and mitigate pollution in the supply chain from the mines to the shippers.

The moratorium was imposed on Jan 15 last year following extensive environmental pollution caused by the mining and road transportation of the mineral.

Asked about allegations by certain quarters that bauxite was being mined illegally despite the moratorium, Adnan said this matter could not be ruled out but the authorities would check on this.

He also said that the presence of lorries transporting bauxite, as alleged by people in some localities, could be due to entrepreneurs given special permits clearing their stockpile of the mineral mined before the prohibition.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by Bernama


 

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