Is Malaysia risking it all for rare earths?

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Aljazeera | 5 December 2012

Rare earth metals – they’re found in every smartphone, laptop and tablet computer. And now the world’s largest refinery of rare earths has just begun operating this month in Malaysia. The Australian mining corporation Lynas says it is offering the southeast Asian country a stake in one of the fastest growing industries in the world, but Malaysian activists say radioactive waste from the plant will destroy their environment and way of life. Join the conversation at 19:30 GMT.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Kean Wong @keanmwong

Tan Bun Teet @RT_Stop_Lynas
Chairman of Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas

Nicholas Curtis
Executive Chairman, Lynas Corporation

What do you think? Are there risks to Malaysia’s new rare earths refinery? Tweet your thoughts to @AJStream, or leave your thoughts in the comments below.


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