Four Arrested After Protest Against Lynas Project

KUANTAN, May 15 (Bernama) — Four people, including two women were arrested in an anti-Lynas rare earth plant protest here Sunday after they ignored the police order to disperse.

The four were among 150 people, who held an illegal demonstration in front of the DAP office in Jalan Baserah at about 10.30am, said Kuantan police chief ACP Mohd Jasmani Yusof.

He said the four, who refused to disperse and lay down on the road, were taken to a police station for questioning.

“It was the first arrest since a series of anti-rare earth protests were held here,” he added.

Among those present at the demonstration were Member of Parliament for Indera Mahkota Azan Ismail, Teras assemblyman Choong Siew Onn and Triang assemblyman Leong Ngah Ngah.

The construction of the world’s biggest rare earth ore processing plant in Gebeng costing RM700 million is being undertaken by Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Lynas Corporation of Australia.

This plant will provide materials critical for the manufacture of high-tech goods. This is the first such facility to be built out of China for decades.

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