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Pahang Landowners Want to Expedite Approval for Bauxite Mining

Metal News - Published on Thu, 22 Aug 2019

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The Pahang state government is urged to intervene to expedite the issuance of approval for bauxite mining in Pahang now that the moratorium has been lifted. Sungai Lembing assemblyman, Datuk Md Sohaimi Mohamed Shah said landowners in the bauxite mining area complained about the delay by the authorities in issuing the approval, despite the moratorium having been lifted last March 31. He said that “There are more than 300 landowners in Felda Bukit Goh, Felda Bukit Kuantan and Bukit Goh Youth Land Scheme who are said to have signed an agreement with mining operators, but the mining operators are unable to carry out mining operations because of the moratorium.The problem is, some of the landowners had taken deposit payments from the mining operators, making them liable to legal action if mining activities cannot proceed.”

He added that “Even if the mining operations cannot proceed, the landowners will also not to able to use the land for other purposes, including agriculture activities.”

Meanwhile, Bukit Goh Village Community Management Council On March 13 this year, Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister, Dr Xavier Jayakumar reportedly said that bauxite mining and export activities in Pahang would not be allowed despite the end of a moratorium on March 31. He also reportedly said that the stop-work order on mining activities would be withdrawn after all the relevant parties were ready to implement and enforce the standard operating procedures for mining and exporting of bauxite, which would be carried out in a sustainable manner.

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Posted By : Amom Remju on Thu, 22 Aug 2019
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