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As early as 8 o’clock this morning, thousands and thousands of Malaysians began pouring into Kuala Lumpur’s city center from all over the country. From eight designated starting points, they slowly made their way to the iconic symbol of our country’s independence, the Stadium Merdeka, for a historical event, the Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat or the People’s Uprising Rally which was organized by some NGO’s and Pakatan Rakyat.

Many came with salt, mineral water and towel, ready to face another round of tear gas and water cannon. Surprisingly, the police presence was minimal and there was a carnival atmosphere. Traders were doing good businesses selling T-shirts, souvenirs, foods and drinks around Stadium Merdeka.

Hundreds of thousands of people managed to pack into the Stadium and spent the hot afternoon listening to fiery speeches by the NGO’s and political leaders. Malays, Chinese, Indians, Eurasians, Ibans, Dayaks and the Orang Asal were all there. Young and old, male and female, came out in full force.

It was an afternoon very well spent. Malaysians of all creeds and faiths came together to demand a better future for themselves, their children and grandchildren. For those who could not squeeze into the Stadium, and their numbers were uncountable, they stood or sat outside, listening to the loud speakers placed all around the Stadium.

It is comforting to see total strangers standing or sitting together in solidarity. We were one people with one spirit. We were truly and proudly Anak-anak Bangsa Malaysia (Children of Malaysia). We clapped, we sang and we cheered with one voice. Everyone helped to pass mineral water around and we also donated money to cover the cost of renting the Stadium. Yes, we paid the organizers to attend, and not paid by them to attend.

Fifty-six years ago, on August 31st 1957, our parents were at the same Stadium when Tunku Abdul Rahman proclaimed “Merdeka” from the British. Today, it is our turn to be at the same venue to witness Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of Pakatan Rakyat proclaimed “Merdeka, Rakyat” seven times consecutively.

The sea of yellow, green, red, orange and black began to disperse peacefully after singing our national anthem. The traffic police were on hand to control the traffic and there were no untoward accidents nor were there any arrests. The LRT and monorail stations were jammed pack with commuters around 5.30 p.m. as the sun began to set over the evening sky.

Syabas to all who came out to make this rally a great success.



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Hundreds of Malaysians calling themselves Himpunan Hijau or the Green Group took a 300 km walk from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur.

They wanted to submit a memorandum to the Parliament.

Commencing November 12th 2012, the walk took 14 days to complete.

The journey passed through 15 towns from the east to the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

Who were the participants? A monk. Some senior citizens. Many young children and their parents. A few indigenous people from Sarawak. And of course ordinary people who care and dare.

They walked under the pouring rain and scorching sun, some without shoes.

Their cause? To stop Lynas from setting foot on Malaysian soil.

Their reason? If Australians whose country is 23 times larger than Malaysia rejected rare earth in their country, why should we allowed it?

No, we have not and never will forget the tragedy of Bukit Merah in Perak. We do not want this to happen again in our beloved country.

I did not take part in this walk but the least I could do was to join them at Dataran Merdeka this evening together with thousands of other Malaysians.

We are one people with one voice on one cause.

Our message is clear – Life above profits. And this is the message we want to sent to our Parliament.

Yes, Malaysian’s lives and safety is more important than Lynas’ profits. Do not let anyone turn our country into a nuclear dump site.

By the way, Lynas will start their operation next month.

Are you worried for this country? Are you going to just sit back and do nothing? Or are you going to speak up?

“Stand up for what you believe in-even if it means standing alone.”

“I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession a duty.”

John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (1874-1960);
Oil Magnate, Philanthropist

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Lynas Corporation Ltd, a giant Australian mining company, had incurred the wrath of all concerned citizens of Malaysia. It has built a RM700 million rare earth plant, the biggest in the world, in Gebeng Industrial Zone, some 20 km north of Kuantan, in the east coast of Malaysia, to process ore mined in Mount Weld, Perth, Western Australia.

Rare earths are crucial to the manufacture of high technology products such as smartphones, hybrid cars and bombs. But processing rare earths will generate a large amount of radioactive waste called thorium. Long term exposure to thorium will result in complicated health problems such as leukemia which will eventually lead to death and the rise in the number of babies born with birth defects to mothers living in close vicinity to the plant.

Toxic waste thrown into the South China Sea facing Kuantan will destroy the rich marine life beneath the sea. The north eastern monsoon wind will carry poisonous particles to the whole of South East Asia region, affecting neighboring countries like Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and the Borneo island too.

Similar repercussions were seen in Bukit Merah, a small village near Ipoh in 1986 when a rare earth plant (Asian Rare Earth) was built there by a Japanese company amidst protest from the villagers living there. It had closed down since but the impact could still be felt even until today.

Lynas Corporation Ltd was given a temporary operating license by the Atomic Energy Licensing Board of Malaysia despite overwhelming protests by the residents of Kuantan. In view of this, a mammoth rally was organized by the angry residents and concerned environmentalists called Himpunan Hijau 2 (Green Rally 2) in Kuantan this morning from 9.30 am to 12 pm to demand the shutdown of this toxic plant. Come Malaysians, walk for a good cause, walk for Mother Nature. But be prepared to face brutal backlash from the authorities!

Next Tuesday, 28th February, the citizens of Malaysia will file a legal suit against Lynas Corporation Ltd in the High Court of Kuala Lumpur. Be there if you can to stand in solidarity with Malaysians against this injustice.

We, citizens of Malaysia, demanded clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. We don’t want our babies to be born deformed. We do not want our people to suffer from leukemia too.

So, go home, Lynas, go home, you are not welcome here. You are not wanted on our soil, now or anytime. Malaysia is our home, not a toxic dumpsite. We do not want another Chernobyl here. Our lives are as precious as those in Australia. Please, pack up and stop polluting us, will you?


Also appeared in Malaysian Chronicle‘s blogsite :
Go home Lynas: Don’t be selfish, please – think of Malaysia too (Eng)


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