“There are good and bad types of radiation”

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Bernama reports that more than 100 people, including Pahang Federation of Peninsular Malay Students (GPMS) members, gathered at Teluk Chempedak here today in support of the proposed Lynas rare earth plant.

Pahang GPMS chairman, Wan Emril Nizam Wan Embong, said the gathering was to show that not everybody was against the project which would bring investment into the country.

“The Lynas project is safe, there’s no need for Kuantan folks to worry as there are good and bad types of radiation,” he told reporters here yesterday.

He said those who were not in favour of the project had not been given accurate information, presumably referring to his own statement on radiation types.

He said Pahang GPMS planned to organise briefing sessions so that people, especially students, would not be duped by certain parties about the project.

The RM700 million project in Gebeng is mired in controversy over fears that its radiation levels would pose a long-term public health hazard.

The Malaysian government had invited a panel from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for a second opinion on health and safety issues surrounding the proposed Lynas plant.

Lynas Corporation Ltd of Australia, owners of the factory, had originally planned to complete construction of the main plant by September.