The death of an environmental activist in Kampung Baru at Bukit Koman, Raub, has heightened residents’ fears over controversial gold-mining activities taking place near this village in Pahang.
Chong Sow Pin, 63, was found dead on Tuesday at his orchard some 8km from the village where about 300 families call home.
He is among the founding member of the ad-hoc Action Committee Against the Use of Cyanide in the mining operations.
Officially, Chong’s death has been classified as a heart attack by the Raub district police based on a post-mortem, but residents are convinced that the goldmine contributed, at least indirectly, to his death.
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In the mid-80s, people living in a village called Bukit Merah outside
The following year, there was one miscarriage in five pregnancies (the national ratio for the Chinese community in
The factory was the Japanese-owned Asian Rare Earth (ARE) and they produced monazite, found in tin ore and from which monazite is extracted to be used in producing the red colour in televisions.
As for the ownership of ARE, Wanda Selamat has the details:
Asian Rare Earth plant was a joint venture between a Japanese company, Matsushita Chemicals and local business entities notably Lembaga Urusan Tabung Haji and state-owned Pilgrim’s Management Fund Board besides several bumiputera businessmen …
The waste product is amang, which was the “fertilizer” used by the villagers. It is highly radioactive
I was one of the people involved in gathering information for a court case against ARE for CAP and Dr T. Jayabalan who twice went to the Diet in Japan to explain to the lawmakers the dangers that a Japanese company was causing to Malaysians.
I stood near piles of amang (HERE) (The maximum activity concentrations of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K recorded were higher than Malaysia’s average and the world’s natural highest).at the factory site and the Geiger counter showed a reading of over 1,000. The normal and acceptable level of radiation is 25 or something. I thought the apparatus was broken and started hitting it but the reading kept showing 1,000 and above.
To cut a long story short, the Supreme Court ruled in 1993 that there was no evidence to show that radiation was being emitted.
It’s interesting that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad talked about this case in his blog now - more than 20 years later
10. We have some experience dealing with radioactive material. In Perak we have a site where we had buried by-products of tin mining (amang) which had been processed to become radioactive and which was used to colour television. We had poured tons of cement on the buried material. More than one square mile of the burial site is barred to humans. The site is still radioactive and dangerous.
Please do not let history repeat itself.
The Whisperer and Choong Siew Onn have details on the ownership and project approval:
And on reason behind the deafening silence from the powers that be:
And incidentally, Zorro is also thinking about the same subject
THAT SHE DESERVES.