Press Release 29 November 2019
Despite the assurances by the Water, Land and Natural Resources Ministry’s (KATS) that the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between a China company and the Perak state government is for the exploration of rare earth minerals and not to mine them, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) continues to have very serious concerns over the objective of such a venture.
The Ministry issued a statement yesterday in response to SAM’s concerns over the MOU signed between the Perak state government and a Chinese company, Chinalco GXNF Rare Earth Development to undertake the exploration of rare-earth minerals in Perak.
The Ministry in the statement clarified that “the context of the signing of the MOU is to use the Chinese expertise in identifying the potential of rare-earth sources in Perak especially that in ion-adsorption clay that does not contain thorium or uranium as by-product wastes”, and that the Ministry “supports any cooperation from foreign parties if it is positive for economic development and is sustainable and does not impact the environment and the well-being of the community.”Read more
Press Release 27 November 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is most alarmed to learn that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the Perak state government and a Chinese company, Chinalco GXNF Rare Earth Development to undertake the exploration of rare-earth minerals in Perak.
This fact was revealed via a recent statement of Nov 16 from the Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources (KATS), with the Ministry viewing this initiative as a “positive move”.
Clearly, the exploratory works are a first step in embarking on rare-earth mining in the state, and SAM views this with utmost concern.Read more
Press Release 19 Februari 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is shocked to learn of the decision by Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister (WLNR), Dr. Xavier Jayakumar to lift the moratorium on bauxite mining in Pahang and for activities to resume effective 1 April.
While the WLNR Ministry is responsible for regulating the mining industry including bauxite, it does not have the jurisdiction and authority to regulate the environmental impacts of such mining activities, which is within the purviewof the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) for the enforcement of the Environmental Quality Act, 1974.Read more
Bukit Koman community Picture : SAM
Press Statement 10 AUGUST 2018
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is outraged by the Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar’s statement that cyanide used by three gold mining companies in Malaysia does not cause any health problems such as cancer or skin diseases and that cyanide used at the mining ponds had no impact on the air or the nearby environment. He was also quoted by the media that “no matter where you put cyanide, it will evaporate and turn into carbon dioxide, it has no smell.”
We deeply regret that the statement made by the Minister has been made without any proper understanding of the impacts of usage of cyanide in the carbon-in-leach process in a factory that is situated in a residential area or the history of complaints made by the Bukit Koman community for the last 8 years or so since Raub Australian Gold Mining Sdn Bhd (RAGM) began operations in February 2009. The operations have ceased as the company has been voluntarily wound up.
The Minister’s statement only shows the insensitive attitude of the government in dismissing the complaints and health problems of the Bukit Koman residents. These residents have countless times complained about being exposed to noxious substances. They have suffered from nausea, headache, eye irritation, itchiness and rashes, and a general malaise in the community. The cause for these medical problems was never determined nor investigated thoroughly by the government.Read more