LIVE BLOG FROM MALAYSIA: Day 2

Campaign to shut down Australian toxic dumper Lynas

As posted on Green Left Weekly

DAY 2 (June 17, 2014): Himpunan Hijau chairperson Wong Tack reports that after a difficult day hiking on crutches yesterday, Isaiah Jacob got blisters on the palms of both hands. But before setting off today local residents carefully bandaged on his hands and gave him a pair of gloves to protect his hands.

The walkers spent the night in Bukit Tinggi, a small town 2,500 feet above sea level. Today they plan to walk to another small highland town Karak.

Meanwhile in Malaysia’s federal parliament today, two opposition MPs have been ejected by the speaker Datuk Seri Pandikar Amin Mulia, after they insisted on tabling a petition to debate the Lynas plant issue.

According to a report by The Malaysian Insider, “Pandikar ejected PKR’s Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh and Padang Serai MP N. Surendran, when both insisted, at different times, why he had rejected a petition filed on the Lynas’ Temporary Operating License (TOL) from being read in the House today.

“He did not indicate how long the duo are suspended, although a suspension could last several days.

“This is the first time Fuziah has been ejected from Parliament, and the fourth for Surendran, since the last general election.”


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