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lynas-fingerThe Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) delegation will picket outside the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth hotel on Tuesday when the Lynas Corporation holds its annual general meeting.

A 19-men group from Kuantan led by SMSL chairman Tan Bun Teet are in Australia this week on a mission to convey to the company shareholders the risks involved in the operation of the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in Malaysia.

The Kuantan High Court last week lifted its suspension of LAMP’s temporary operating licence for the rare earth refinery in Gebeng. The resumption of the TOL means that the plant should be operational within three to four months.

Tan and his fellow activists are in Sydney to signal that they would not be giving up on their cause despite the setback arising from the court decision.

“We also want [the Lynas board and shareholders] to understand our situation and not just listen to the company,” Tan was reported as saying with regard to their plan of action in Australia.

Tan added that as a prelude to the demonstration to be held on Tuesday outside the AGM venue, he and his fellow SMSL representatives would be meeting Australian Members of Parliament and Senators in Canberra to explain the repercussions of allowing Lynas to operate the plant in Gebeng.

Among the key issues to be discussed with the lawmakers are the application by Lynas to have the toxic waste returned to Australia and the lack of a safe long-term waste management plan.

Tan is scheduled to speak at a public forum on Tuesday evening to highlight the misinformation about LAMP. Other speakers at the event scheduled to be held at the New South Wales Parliament House are Greens MP Jamie Parker and Kuantan-born Australian activist Lee Tan.

Some of the Malaysian delegation will also be carrying banners and distributing leaflets on the anti-Lynas campaign around popular Sydney tourist spots.

SMSL is opposed to the lack of information and the inadequate approval process by the Malaysian government before hastily giving Lynas the green light.

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