3:43PM Mar 29, 2014

MMA: Chemical spill shows Lynas a time bomb

The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) has warned of a potential time bomb, referring to yesterday’ s accident in which a lorry spilled chemicals meant for the Lynas rare-earth processing plant in Gebeng, Kuantan.

MMA president NKS said the medical body was “appalled and dismayed” at that incident where the material spilled on the Kuala Lumpur-Kuantan federal road at Lanchang.

“This federal road at Lanchang is closer to the population creating more safety and health concerns among the residents and Malaysians .

“It will always remain a potential time-bomb,” he said in a statement today.

Tharmaseelan added that the incident has further heightened and raised safety concerns within and outside the Lynas plant.

“Malaysians are worried that another Fukushima Daiichi will occur at their door step,” he added in reference to the 2011 Japanese nuclear disaster.

Tharmaseelan said despite the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry, the courts, a parliamentary select committee and the Atomic Energy Licensing Board giving the green light for the Lynas facility, Malaysians are still anxious and apprehensive about the plant.

一輛運載格賓萊納斯稀土廠氯化鐠釹稀土產品的私營拖格羅厘,週五(28日)早上8時許,從彭州關丹駛往雪州巴生港口方向,途經文德甲加叻舊路9英里的轉彎處時,車門意外鬆脫,羅厘上15桶氯化鐠釹溶液(didymium chloride solution)的其中13桶散落路旁,引發輻射泄漏驚慌。







Friday March 28, 2014 MYT 5:25:56 PM

Chemical spill causes road closure near Temerloh

TEMERLOH: Several containers of chemicals from the Lynas rare earth plant fell off a trailer causing part of a road here to be closed for several hours.

Temerloh OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Aziz Salleh said 13 of the 15 containers fell off the trailer’s side while being transported to Port Klang.

“Four of them broke causing the NdPr chloride solution to spill onto the road at Km149 of Jalan Kuantan-Kuala Lumpur near Kampung Sungai Kepong at about 9am,” he said here yesterday.

ACP Abdul Aziz said the chemical solution was not dangerous but could cause skin irritation.


4:33PM Mar 28, 2014

Accident leaves Lynas products scattered on road

An accident involving a lorry loaded with Lynas rare-earth products left the commodities scattered on the road in Lanchang, Pahang this morning, resulting in the road stretch being closed to traffic.

Lynas Malaysia public relations and communications general manager Amin Abdullah has confirmed this matter, but stressed that the products are not dangerous and none are radioactive.

According to him, the lorry was  conveying the products from the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp) at the Gebeng industrial zone, Pahang to Port Klang for export to their overseas customers.

“These products are not dangerous. They are certified safe to be transported overseas and all the certificates are in place,” said Amin when contacted by Malaysiakini today.


NO RESPITE FOR LYNAS! Not even on Australia Day.

Get out or ‘we will shut you down’, group warns Lynas

The Malay Mail Online – File photo of Malaysian police (in foreground) standing guard during a rally against Australian miner Lynas Corporation in Kuantan on June 24, 2012.



8:22PM Jan 22, 2014

Anti-Lynas group gate crashes Australia Day do

A scuffle broke out between Himpunan Hijau supporters and security staff at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre which was the venue of the Australia Day celebration, where Lynas Corporation officials were present.

About 30 protesters marched to the convention centre after gathering at the KLCC park fountain at about 6.30pm. They were led by Himpunan Hijau chief Wong Tack.

Later, Australian High Commission in Malaysia security manager Llyod Laughlin intervened to calm Wong and listened to what his group has to say.

The protestors are then allowed to gather outside the hall and display their banners without further incident, while the entrance to the hall is place under tight security.

Himpunan Hijau protest on Australia Day

Updated 2 hours ago · Taken at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Opponents of the Lynas rare earth refinery in Pahang today held a small protest during the Australia Day celebration at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Among the guest were officials from Lynas Corporation, an Sydney-based company which mines ore in Western Australia in order to be processed in Malaysia.

Critics of the company, such as Kuantan-based group Himpunan Hijau, believes that if the Australian laws do not allow rare earth refining activities in Australia, the same should apply to Malaysia.

Full report:

Photographer: Lim Huey Teng


Malaysian Insider

Pakatan boycotts Australia Day celebrations due to Lynas

January 22, 2014

Pakatan Rakyat leaders declined an invitation by the Australian High Commission to celebrate their national day reception at KLCC today due to the presence of Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

In a statement, Tian Chua (PKR), V. Sivakumar (DAP) and Dr Syed Azman Syed Nawawi (PAS) expressed regret at being unable to attend the Australia Day celebrations planned today.

“It is indeed a special day for Australians as it marks their national day. The invitation from the Australian High Commission is a great initiative to maintain good relations between our countries.

“However, as much as we see the importance of attending this auspicious event, Pakatan Rakyat legislators have decided to stay away this year due to the presence of Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd, who is one of the sponsors of the event,” he pointed out.

Tian Chua said a large section of the Malaysian public considered the Lynas rare earth processing plant an unwelcome investment in Malaysia.

“Therefore, the presence of Pakatan Rakyat legislators will contravene the party’s principles and election pledges,” Tian Chua said.


“Lynas would not hesitate to take stern action, including legal action, against any party who spread lies about the plant.”

the Sun daily

Lynas denies death of employees linked to plant operation

KUANTAN (Dec 28, 2013): Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Lynas) has denied the death of three employees were linked to the operation of the rare earth plant in Gebeng, near here.

Its managing director, Datuk Mashal Ahmad said the death of the three employees were due to failing health and following a road accident.

The first death involved a prospective employee who died of heart failure during the interview process.

“In November, an employee died following a road accident on the way to work while one of our engineers who died earlier this month suffered a heart attack and fell into the retention pond.

“During the incident, the victim was doing his daily routine of taking water samples for testing before falling unconscious from a heart attack,” he told reporters after presenting school uniforms to 200 students at Lynas plant.

Lynas denies death of employees linked to plant operation


Rare-earth plant in Kuantan not flooded, Lynas says

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 6 — Amid concern that the Lynas rare-earth plant in Kuantan could be threatened by the massive floods sweeping across Pahang, the company today said the site has escaped the deluge and was operating as usual.

In response to The Malay Mail Online’s query, Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd also said its refinery — which started operations this January — was built according to national and international regulations.

“The Lynas Plant located in Gebeng Industrial Estate is not affected by the massive floods in Kuantan and the Plant is operating as usual,” it wrote in a brief four-paragraph statement.

Yesterday, state news agency Bernama reported that over 38,000 people in Pahang have been evacuated from their homes due to severe flooding caused by heavy rain since last Sunday.

Today, Lynas also moved to allay fears that the waste stored in its residue storage facility (RSF) would leak into the ground due to the heavy downpour in Kuantan.

“The Residue Storage Facility (RSF) itself was designed to prevent any leaching to the ground and to the environment and has fulfilled all the national and international standards imposed.

“The Residue Storage Facilities were designed and constructed to provide sufficient capacity to contain stormwater caused by the worst flood that occurred in this area over the last one hundred years,” Lynas said.

The Malaysian Insider

Side Views

No respite in sight as Lynas bleeds – Soo Jin Hou

December 04, 2013

I attended the Lynas annual shareholders’ meeting (AGM) on 29/11/2013.  During the meeting, I asked 2 questions.

The first: “In view of Molycorp’s intention to ramp up their rare earths production by 130% from 10,000 tons to 23,000 tons per year, how does Lynas intend to do the same without a collapse in rare earth prices?”

The second: “The Malaysian government is under tremendous pressure after the Fitch rating downgrade to reduce or withdraw energy subsidy. How much will Lynas be affected if the energy subsidy is withdrawn?”.

Neither question was satisfactorily answered and this suggests that it is likely that Lynas will continue to bleed red ink in the near to medium term.

Rare earths prices have collapsed spectacularly over the past 2 year…

* Soo Jn Hou is a member of the Stop Lynas Coalition .

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

Video: Lynas Corporation sparks fresh anger in Malaysia

Lynas Corporation sparks fresh anger in Malaysia

Australian rare earths miner Lynas Corporation refuses to disclose the location of a permanent waste disposal facility in Malaysia.

Free Malaysia Today

Anwar: Lynas can stay if proven safe

Leven Woon | March 7, 2013

He tells an Australian paper that he will be “the first person to champion the plant” if it survives a public inquiry.

PETALING JAYA: Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim risks being accused of inconsistency in his stance on the Lynas’ Gebeng plant following today’s publication of a report that he would back it if it survives a new public inquiry.

The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) quoted him as saying that a federal government controlled by Pakatan Rakyat would allow the rare earth processing factory to continue operating if the inquiry found it to be safe.

The statement appears to conflict with a remark he made during a Himpunan Hijau rally in Kuantan last year. He assured his audience then that Pakatan would dismantle the plant.

Anwar: Lynas can stay if proven safe


The Bentong seat is considered a MCA stronghold. During the 2008 general election, Liow won by a huge majority of 12,549 votes, beating PKR candidate G Ponusamy.


Wong Tack mulls GE13 candidacy

Himpunan Hijau chairperson Wong Tack has confirmed that Pakatan Rakyat has invited him to stand as their candidate during the next general election.

Speaking to reporters in Temerloh this morning, Wong said the coalition had offered him to contest in the parliamentary seat of Bentong, currently held by Health Minister and MCA deputy president Liow Tiong Lai.

“(Environmentalist) NGOs might focus on Bentong (hence) they have suggested that I be a candidate (there).

Wong Tack mulls GE13 candidacy



01 March 2013| last updated at 11:24PM

US expert: Lynas plant is largest, safest in world

KUANTAN: The Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp) in Gebeng here is the largest and safest rare earth plant in the world, according to a rare earth expert.United States government rare earth adviser Jack Lifton described Lamp as the most comprehensive rare earth plant on earth.”No one has built a bigger rare earth plant than in Malaysia and Lynas’ procedures are all in place,” he said, adding that he was impressed with how Lamp was being managed.

On Lynas’ safety procedures, he said the tanks containing the rare earth were all placed above ground and there were equivalent catch basins underground to contain stray leakage.

“The external radiation is negligible,” he said on the sidelines of the international symposium on rare earth at Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) campus in Gambang, near here yesterday.


Scientists inspect Malaysia’s Lynas plant as production begins

Updated 1 March 2013, 17:04 AEST

The controversial Lynas plant in Malaysia has produced its first rare earth products for customers this week, after overcoming years of delays and beginning work in late November.

The Australian mining group is importing raw minerals from Australia and processing them in Malaysia into metallic elements used in various electrical products.

– See more at:

Scientists inspect Malaysia’s Lynas plant as production begins
Radio Australia


 January 14

Lynas has chosen to build its LAMP in Malaysia because of its good port facilities,clear legal framework and reliable utilities.



Anti-Lynas Protests continue…

Lynas: Himpunan Hijau plans blockade of Kuantan Port; SMSL to go global ..


Australian miner Lynas Corp. (ASX:LYC) announced its first rare earths products were ready to deliver to customers from its Malaysian refinery, reports The Australian.

Lynas Corporation produces first rare earths from Malaysia plant

  • by: Rhiannon Hoyle
  • From: Dow Jones Newswires
  • February 27, 2013 3:19PM

LYNAS Corp said today it had produced its first rare earths products for customers, after years of battling to get its Malaysian rare earths refinery licenced and into operation.

The Australian miner received a temporary operating licence from the Malaysian government in September after a five-year wait, but faced further delays due to legal challenges to the decision.


International Business Times AU

Watch Out China, Australia’s Lynas Has Produced First Rare Earths Products From Malaysian Plant

By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | February 27, 2013 7:15 PM EST

Watch out, China. Australian rare earths miner Lynas Corp on Wednesday announced it had produced its first batch of rare earths products from its Malaysian processing plant, in what could be a fitting finale to its hardships battling out for the operation of the facility.

Shares of Australian rare earths miner Lynas Corporation jumped as much as 7.2 per cent in early morning trade at 1146 AEDT as the mining company disclosed its highly controversial processing plant in Malaysia continued to post significant progress in the production of the precious metals which are essential components to a number of technological advancements


It was in September 2012, after a five-year wait, that Lynas finally got to hold in its hands the highly controversial temporary operating license to jumpstart the Malaysian rare earths facility.

In a brief statement submitted to the Australian Stock Exchange, Lynas said it remain committed to ramp up rare earths production to 11,000 tonnes per annum by the second quarter of 2013.

Watch Out China, Australia’s Lynas Has Produced First Rare Earths Products


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3 Responses to LYNAS and ANTI LYNAS

  1. Pingback: Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas (SMSL): Blockade of Kuantan Port | weehingthong

  2. 😦 😦

    Quote MMA President Datuk Dr N.K.S.Tharmaseelan commenting on lorry accident involving didymium from Lynas: “.. creating more safety and health concerns among the residents and Malaysians. It will always remain a potential time-bomb.

    …. “Malaysians are worried that another Fukushima Daiichi will occur at their doorstep.

    We are not sure where the lorry was going to dispose of the hazardous waste material.” Unquote.


    The drums contains only Neodymium chloride and Praseodymium chloride.

    Both these chemicals are non-toxic and are as hazardous as common table salt.

    The Neodymium chloride has an oral LD50 of 3.7 gm/kg for mice and that is about the same as that of common salt (Sodium chloride).

    Any chemical with an oral LD50 of greater than 2.0 gm/kg is internationally accepted as non-toxic.

    Remember, KCl or the potassium chloride that your friendly doctor gives to patients as an adjunct to diuretic therapy, hypertension and potassium loss in conditions like diabetes mellitus is not only radioactive (32 Bq/g) but has more than 2x the toxicity of Neodymium chloride (Oral KCl LD50 for mice = 1.5 g/kg).

    Praseodymium choride is also considered to be non-toxic.

    So what’s the big fuss ?

    The statement by the MMA President “We are not sure where the lorry was going to dispose of the hazardous waste material.” showed up the ignorance of even highly educated professionals about the subject of rare earths.

    The PrCl2.NdCl3.xH2O (Didymium Chloride) which contains Neodymium chloride and Praseodymium chloride is a highly valuable product and is not “A HAZARDOUS WASTE MATERIAL” !

    Didymium Chloride 99.99% pure in its dry form sells for anything up to US$530,000 PER TON Retail.”

    Good quality of Didymium Chloride indeed very expensive.

    there are only nine suppliers in the world,
    US 5,
    Germany 1,
    China 2.
    Malaysia 1 (Lynas)

    Dato’ Dr Looi Hoong Wah
    FAMM, MB., ChB(Manchester), MRCS(England), MRCP(UK), MRCP(London)

  3. Pingback: Just when you thought that the Lynas plant in Pahang was safe, there will be 2 inquiries… | weehingthong

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