Moratorium bauksit dilanjut hingga 31 Disember

Sumber: FMT News

An excavator fills a lorry with bauxite at the stockpile area at Kuantan port in this file picture. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

KUALA LUMPUR: Kementerian Sumber Asli dan Alam Sekitar bersama kerajaan Pahang bersetuju melanjutkan tempoh moratorium terhadap perlombongan dan eksport bauksit sehingga 31 Disember tahun ini untuk mengurangkan jumlah bauksit dalam stok simpanan.

Menteri Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar dalam kenyataan hari ini berkata beliau berharap lanjutan tempoh itu akan membolehkan bauksit dalam simpanan dikeluarkan secara terkawal berpandukan garis panduan yang ditetapkan kementerian.

Beliau berkata lanjutan moratorium itu tiada kaitan dengan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 tetapi sebagai tindakan terhadap aktiviti perlombongan haram yang dilakukan di tanah persendirian serta oleh syarikat yang tidak mengikut garis panduan sehingga menyebabkan pencemaran alam sekitar. Read more

MB: Moratorium bauksit dilanjut sehingga PRU14 tamat

Sumber: FMT News

An excavator fills a lorry with bauxite at the stockpile area at Kuantan port in this file picture. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

KUANTAN: Tempoh moratorium aktiviti perlombongan bauksit di Kuantan yang sepatutnya berakhir 30 Jun ini, akan dilanjutkan sehingga selesai Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 (PRU14), kata Menteri Besar Pahang, Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.

Beliau menegaskan tindakan melanjutkan tempoh moratorium sehingga tamat PRU14 bukan “permainan politik” dan berharap masyarakat boleh melihat perkara itu daripada sudut lebih luas.

“Keputusan ini perlu ditetapkan kerajaan yang memerintah. Mandat yang kita ada ialah sehingga PRU dan selepas itu bergantung kepada kerajaan yang memerintah untuk buat keputusan. Sudah pasti kena tunggu PRU,” katanya kepada pemberita hari ini.

Beliau berkata, ketetapan itu dipersetujui bersama kerajaan negeri dan kerajaan persekutuan, memandangkan hal berkaitan bauksit bukan lagi “hak mutlak” kerajaan Pahang, ekoran isu pencemaran yang berbangkit sebelum ini. Read more

Lam Thye suggests moratorium on death penalty cases

Source: The Star Online

Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, pic from the Star Online.

Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, pic from the Star Online.

PETALING JAYA: The Government should consider whether its review of the mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking should include making it retrospective on pending cases, said social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pic).

Lee said the proposal for the review under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act was timely as this could help prevent a “travesty of justice”.

Judges, he said, must be given the discretion to mete out suitable sentences on a case by case basis, especially for drug mules.

“While supporting the review of Section 39B, I also hope that the Government will address the issue raised by lawmakers and legal practitioners, including whether the move, if approved, could have a retrospective effect on pending death penalty cases,” he said in a statement here yesterday.

He also called on the Government to decide whether a moratorium should be imposed on pending cases so as to ensure justice for those facing such charges.

Lee was responding to a report in The Star that lawyers and human rights groups had called for all pending executions to be put on hold while the decision by the Government to review the death penalty for drug trafficking was being deliberated. Read more

Villagers concerned with ‘return’ of bauxite mining in Kampung Jeram in Pahang

 

HAKAM Comment: What happened to the extended moratorium on bauxite mining of three months from the start of 2017 as announced by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar in December 2016?

Source: The Malay Mail Online

An excavator fills a lorry with bauxite at the stockpile area at Kuantan port in this file picture. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

An excavator fills a lorry with bauxite at the stockpile area at Kuantan port in this file picture. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

KUANTAN, Feb 21 — The presence of two excavators in Kampung Jeram in Beserah here has left local residents in a quandary as they fear bauxite mining activities are taking place while the moratorium period is still on.

The People’s Movement to Stop Bauxite Pollution (Geram) chairman, Ali Akbar Othman said the villagers realised the existence of the machinery in the village yesterday evening and they were eager to get answers from the contractor today.

He said after discussing, the contractor claimed he received a letter of approval to load and clear the bauxite stockpile from the mine.

“However, a check at the site revealed several new digging sites. We also asked the contractor to show us the letter and permit which he claimed he had obtained but he said the documents are with the land owner.

“As such we want them to stop work and gave them until tomorrow to submit the documents to verify claims that approval from the authorities had been obtained,” he said when contacted here. Read more

Government extends bauxite mining ban for another three months

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Earlier this month when raising a petition seeking Parliament’s intervention on the issue, PKR’s Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh said an estimated 44 companies are exporting some 15 million tonnes of bauxite out of Pahang to China each month. — Reuters pic

Earlier this year when raising a petition seeking Parliament’s intervention on the issue, PKR’s Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh said an estimated 44 companies are exporting some 15 million tonnes of bauxite out of Pahang to China each month. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 22 — Malaysia today extended a moratorium on bauxite mining by three months, from the start of 2017, to allow remaining stockpiles of the aluminium-making commodity to be cleared.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar also said that high stockpiles, nearly a year after the ban was first imposed, suggested illegal mining may have been carried out.

“There’s an indication that there is illegal mining going on, otherwise there would be no heap (of bauxite),” Wan Junaidi told a press conference.

About 2.95 million tonnes of stockpiles remain around Kuantan, the capital of the key bauxite producing state of Pahang, he said. Kuantan had 3.6 million tonnes of stocks in April. Read more

Bauxite miners still waiting for word on procedures

Source: FMT News

Excavators and lorries scramble to clear the ore stockpile at Kuantan Port before the moratorium is implemented. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

Excavators and lorries scramble to clear the ore stockpile at Kuantan Port before the moratorium is implemented. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

KUANTAN: Bauxite mining operators and lorry drivers are still confused about the standard procedures to be used after a moratorium on mining and exporting the mineral ends on April 15.

They claimed not to have received any official information nor given a briefing on transporting bauxite.

They are said they were unclear about the use of Pakamatic or rubbish compactor lorries required for transporting bauxite, as announced by transport minister Liow Tiong Lai recently. Read more

Amnesty wants moratorium on death penalty

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Amnesty International logoHuman rights group Amnesty International Malaysia, in welcoming Putrajaya’s plan to push for the abolishing of death penalty, has urged for a moratorium for those currently on death row.

Its executive director Shamini Darshni said the announcements by Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali and de facto Law Minister Nancy Shukri in November, were positive and most welcome.

Apandi had said he plans to propose to the Cabinet that the mandatory death penalty be scrapped while Nancy said Putrajaya plans to table a bill in March next year to abolish the mandatory death penalty in drug-related offences.

“But what is missing is that in the mean time, since the announcement was made, there is no moratorium, so people are still being sentenced to death by the courts.

“We are urging the Malaysian government to seriously impose a moratorium on the use of death penalty as well as execution,” she said, when presenting The Amnesty International Report (AIR) 2015/16 – The State of the World’s Human Rights in Petaling Jaya today. Read more

Moratorium on bauxite activities in Kuantan kicks in without a hitch

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Excavators and lorries scramble to clear the ore stockpile at Kuantan Port before the moratorium is implemented. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

Excavators and lorries scramble to clear the ore stockpile at Kuantan Port before the moratorium is implemented. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

KUANTAN, Jan 16 — The three-month moratorium for bauxite activities went into effect as planned at midnight with enforcement personnel keeping a close watch for anyone who did not adhere to it.

Checks by Malay Mail at several checkpoints, including at Bukit Pengorak, Kampung Padang and the Sirim building in Gebeng, found the roads devoid of traffic.

Among the personnel stationed were police, Road and Transport Department officers and Rela members.

“We didn’t expect trouble as the miners know we mean business,” said a policeman with a submachine gun slung on his shoulder. Read more