Lynas’ massive industrial waste facility in Felda settlers’ backyard: Company linked to royalty in Lynas’ waste disposal site project…

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Gading Senggara Sdn Bhd (GSSB), a private firm linked to Pahang royalty, will be the contractor of the MCISWDS. Likewise, Lynas appointed the same company to build its PDF there.

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Wong Kai Hui

Published 18 Feb 2021, 10:14 amModified 1:29 pm

Away from Kuantan’s hustle and bustle, the Felda population spread near the Pahang-Terengganu border live an adequate and simple life.

For years, they’ve seen their quality of life improve thanks to income from oil palm plantation programmes which the government initiated in the 1970s. The programmes transformed the local population into smallholders who have benefited for generations.

Their way of life was however disrupted in the last decade following a brush with industrial greed that left the landscape in the area scarred with red ditches from bauxite mining.

They were able to return to some degree of normalcy following a moratorium on bauxite mining since 2016 to allow for proper regulations to be enacted.

However, the community is set to have another brush with big industry as radioactive rare earth waste will end up a stone’s throw away from where they live.

The name “Lynas Malaysia” is not unfamiliar to the local community but with the firm’s rare earth processing plant located 30km to the east in Gebeng, it has never been a real concern. Instead, it was more of an urban issue for the folks in Kuantan.

Unfortunately, a plan to build a massive industrial waste facility in Bukit Ketam and the relocation of Lynas’ waste from Gebeng mean the rare earth firm’s toxic byproducts will be just three kilometres away from the nearest Felda settlement – Felda Neram Satu.

Other Felda settlements within a 10km radius of the waste facility include Felda Bukit Kuantan, Felda Bukit Sagu and Felda Bukit Goh.

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for Lynas’ Permanent Disposal Facility (PDF) revealed that it would be part of a larger Multi-Category Industrial Scheduled Waste Disposal Site (MCISWDS) that plays host to more than just Lynas’ waste.
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A private firm that is majority-owned by Pahang Regent Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah will be the contractor of the MCISWDS.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/563404

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Malaysiakini

Company linked to royalty in Lynas’ waste disposal site project

Wong Kai HuiPublished 17 Feb 2021, 10:10 amModified 17 Feb 2021, 10:16 pm

Bukit Ketam, located around 35km from Kuantan town, was an unassuming place until recently when Lynas Malaysia announced it will be building its permanent disposal facility (PDF) there to store toxic waste from its factory near Kuantan port.

While much attention was on the rare earth firm, what is taking shape at Bukit Ketam is much bigger than Lynas, and a firm linked to Pahang royalty has been tasked to set the plan in motion.

A total of 202.35 hectares, the size of 283 football fields, has been carved out of the Bukit Kuantan permanent forest reserve, to be converted into a Multi-Category Industrial Scheduled Waste Disposal Site (MCISWDS).

Lynas’ PDF will only occupy 58.25 hectares or 29 percent of the overall site.

Gading Senggara Sdn Bhd (GSSB), a private firm linked to Pahang royalty, will be the contractor of the MCISWDS. Likewise, Lynas appointed the same company to build its PDF there.

GSSB, founded in July 2012 as Puncak Trillium Sdn Bhd, changed to its current name in December 2014.

Malaysiakini check on the firm with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) revealed that the majority shareholder, with a 50 percent stake, is Pahang Regent Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah.

The second-largest shareholder is Gading Group chief executive officer Johari Harun, who is also the Bentong Umno vice-chief. He controls a 40 percent stake.

The remaining 10 percent is held by one Mohd Firdaus Redzuan. The company information is based on records it submitted to the CCM as of Oct 5, 2020.

The company’s directors are Johari, Firdaus, and one Ahmad Radzi Zaini.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/563264

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