Yeo: Lynas decision not ideal but better than status quo

Yeo: Lynas decision not ideal but better than status quo

SHAH ALAM: The government’s decision to allow Lynas Malaysia to explore a permanent disposal facility (PDF) is not ideal.

However, Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (Messtec) Minister Yeo Bee Yin said it was a better solution compared to the status quo.  

“The Cabinet has noted various viewpoints on this issue, and some people have varying views. This is the decision that has been reached.

“What I can say is that this decision is not the ideal one for me. Not ideal but better than the status quo,” Yeo told reporters at the National Science Week at the Pustaka Raja Tun Uda today.

“The government’s decision will be announced in detail by Aug 15. This is because what was announced by the prime minister is only partial,” she said.

Yeo said the decision was made by the majority of the Cabinet members, after she and other ministers presented their views.

The government’s decision to drop Yeo’s condition of not keeping Lynas’ radioactive waste in Malaysia is a major setback for the anti-Lynas group within Pakatan.

Although Messtec’s executive review committee on the refinery had recommended for a PDF within Malaysian borders, Yeo was initially adamant that the radioactive material is shipped abroad.

According to a statement by Lynas yesterday, the company was still in the process of looking for a waste disposal site within Pahang, where the plant is based.