Whilst this case has only 10 plaintiffs, I see them as brave Malaysians who have taken the burden upon themselves to take this matter to the courts on behalf of all Malaysians who are determined to not see the Lynas rare earth refinery plant in Gebeng, Kuantan commence operations.
Tomorrow morning, at 10am, in Appeals & Special Powers Court No. 2, their application for leave to commence judicial review proceedings will be heard.
In substance, they seek permission of the court to commence judicial review proceedings with a view to obtaining the following orders :
- that the decision by AELB to approve a temporary operating licence dated 30/1/2012 in favour of Lynas to operate the plant be quashed
- that AELB be prohibited from issuing a temporary or permanent operating licence to Lynas until Lynas furnishes the DG of Environmental quality with a detailed EIA report and the latter has duly approved the same.
The Solidariti Hijau Semalaysia Stop Lynas coalition of NGOs, which has called for a nationwide rally on 13th April, 2012 at designated mosques throughout the country, is urging Malaysians to attend this court proceedings to show solidarity for these 10 brave Malaysians and to let the court know that the nation is behind the plaintiffs.
Full details are below. Hope to see you all in court tomorrow.