Malaysia

500 Daun members gather in Kuantan in support of Lynas

June 17, 2012

The Lynas rare earth plant in Gebeng, Pahang is currently under construction. — file picThe Lynas rare earth plant in Gebeng, Pahang is currently under construction. — file picKUANTAN, June 17 — The Pahang federation of non-governmental organisations in support of the national agenda (Daun) today staged a peaceful gathering here to express their support for the government-backed Lynas project.

About 500 members, including those from Pertubuhan Peribumi Perkasa (Perkasa), the federation of Peninsular Malay students (GPMS), Pekida and Mukim Sungai Karang/Beserah humanitarian welfare organisation were at the Padang Kemunting grounds for half an hour, starting from 10am.

Operations coordinator Zulfadzli Shamsudin said the 43 NGOs that form Daun urged that the project be allowed to proceed as it would boost the state’s economy and provide employment opportunities for the local community.

“Since the Lynas issue surfaced, a lot of information has been twisted and the federation plays a role in providing an explanation and presently many youths who realised this have joined us to play their respective role,” he said. — Bernama