Rabu, 3 Oktober 2012

Tragedi Bukit Merah


Tragedi Bukit Merah

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Remember Asian Rare Earth incident at Bukit Merah, Perak 1985 (every Malaysian must read). All Msians MUST know a former PM for his brilliant LOOK EAST policy. Bringing Japanese to set up a rare earth plant in Tanah Merah. Poisoning people of Msian soil forever Those exposed may have GENETICALLY deformed offsprings. While some cronies make tons of money. Why MCA never brings this up as it affects a Chinese village? Now you know the TRUE colors of MCA when under this former PM's controllah?  This time, Lynas plant in Gebeng it is near a Malay area But some company is making lots of money to construct Lynas. Some groups will beat anyone who opposes Lynas!  Pity the ignorant supporters who are so poor & desperate for few dollars.  They never know that Lynas will poison Msian soil forever. Msian Economist. Say NO to Lynas

The corrupt BN government will keep on continuing it’s peoples bad experience and sad memory as long as interest for their cronies and monies in their pocket. Now Malaysia is having another rare earth plant (Lynas ) in Gebeng Pahang, history repeated !! Rakyat didahulukan ??!!
This proves that BN will never change and the only way is change government, else the surfer will be all the peoples and the future generation regardless of race, gender, religion believe. BN get the $$, rakyat get the radioactive. Their greed is too much and turning them into evil / devil. Sumber cerita bergambar : Lessons from radioactive poisoning in Bukit Merah: A Photo Essay.

Bukit Merah survivor: Our tears have run dry http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/163166


It has been nearly 30 years to the day that Lai Kwan first set foot on the grounds of the Asian Rare Earth (ARE) factory in Bukit Merah, Perak.
She had just found out that she was pregnant with her sixth and youngest child, but poverty left her little choice as she had to take up a job as a labourer with a local contractor, hired to build an additional structure at the facility. Unknown to her, that decision to earn her family’s daily bread would ultimately break her heart. Several months after her stint at the ARE plant, her son, whom she asked only to be identified as Kok Leong, was born disabled.

The boy had severe problems with his eyes, eventually losing sight in his left eye when he was five. He also suffers from a hole in his heart. But what pains Lai Kwan the most is that her precious son is mentally challenged.Kok Leong is now an adult of 29 years, but his mind is no more developed than a toddler’s. He has little or no capacity for speech, and he has never been out of diapers. To keep him from wandering out of the safety of their home, he is kept at the back of their modest unit - separated from the rest of the world by a makeshift wire mesh door that stands up to his chest.

And that is where Lai Kwan, now 69, has spent the past three decades, caring for her boy all these years in much the same way that she had from the first day she brought him home. One of Lai Kwan’s daughters had to quit school, even before she finished Remove class, to help support the family, since her husband had abandoned them and she could not leave her son’s side. “When you see me and my son, can you feel how I feel?” she said in Hakka, the only dialect she is fluent in due to her limited education.

 
No clue on radiation exposure

The ARE plant, run by Japanese company Mitsubishi Chemicals from the 1980s to the early 1990s, is blamed for spreading radiation poisoning in Bukit Merah due to what is claimed to be its poor management of radioactive waste generated from processing tin tailings to extract rare earth. The aftermath of the factory’s operations has been one of the largest radioactive waste clean-ups in Asia, with a permanent site set up at the foot of nearby Kledang hill. Ghosts of the health hazards leaking out of the ARE episode resurfaced recently when plans by Australian mining firm Lynas to build another rare earth processing facility, this time in Gebeng, Pahang, were made public. Recounting her time working on the ARE premises, Lai Kwan said it was a bit odd that all staff members were required to wear a thermometer-like pin over their chests whenever they were on site, which she found out later was used to measure exposure to radioactivity.

“Every time at work, I would smell something really awful. It made me thirsty but otherwise I didn’t feel anything strange. “I only found out (about radioactive waste) when the residents of Kg Papan started protesting against the factory over plans to bury the wastes in the village. The villagers told me about it,” she said.

Another senior citizen, whose family was also afflicted by radiation poisoning from the ARE plant, said it has been hard for her youngest daughter, having been constantly going in and out of the hospital since she was a baby. Panchavarnam Shanmugam, 55, was working as a labourer clearing forest cover on a plot of land right next to the ARE factory in 1987 when she noticed a lot of water being flushed out from the factory. “Our work took us about seven months to finish. Many times, there would be a lot of water coming from the factory and it would rise to almost as high as our knees. The water was very smelly,” she said at her home.


‘My child suffers’

A year later, Panchavarnam’s youngest child, Kasturi, was born and almost immediately the complications arose. She recounted how as a baby, Kasturi suddenly suffered inflammation all over her body to the point that she had to be treated in a sterile environment at the hospital. Her daughter also had constant, splitting headaches, which came with heavy nose bleeds and on some occasions, fainting. It was only when Kasturi was around 10 or 11 years old that doctors discovered that she was suffering from leukaemia. Neither of her two elder siblings has the disease, nor could Panchavarnam recall anyone in her family having the condition. “She could not run like her friends, and she just found it hard to concentrate on anything. She can speak English, but it’s difficult for her to focus... she could not finish her Form Five,” Panchavarnam (right) said of her daughter. Kasturi, now 23, is now working in a nearby textile store, but Panchavarnam noted that her daughter still goes in and out of the hospital regularly. “It has been hard for her,” said the doting mother. And, as described by Lai Kwan’s daughter, who asked not to be named, it is hard not only on those made sick by the radiation but also on their families, who are helpless to change the fortunes of their loved ones. “I had a hard time in school before I stopped, because my classmates would make fun of my brother because of how he is. My mother couldn’t go for wedding dinners, or celebrate Mother’s Day because there wouldn’t be anyone to take care of my brother. “We have cried so much that our tears have run dry,” she said.




 

http://funfunlovelove.blogspot.com/2012/02/radioactive-poisoning-in-bukit-merah.html

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Radioactive poisoning in Bukit Merah 1984 ( rare earth)


The corrupt BN government will keep on continue its peoples bad experience and sad memory as long as interest for their cronies and monies in their pocket. Now Malaysia is having another rare earth plant (Lynas ) in Gebeng Pahang, history repeat !! Rakyat didahulukan ??!! This proves that BN will never change and the only way is change government, else the surfer will be all the peoples and the future generation regardless of race, gender, religion believe. BN get the $$, rakyat get the radioactive. Their greed is too much and turning them into evil/devil.

"The world is a DANGEROUS place not because of people who do EVIL , but because of good people who look on and DO NOTHING ABOUT IT "Albert Einstein

 

http://fabm.wordpress.com/tag/bukit-merah/

Anti-Lynas lobby tells Putrajaya to ‘learn lesson’ from Perak death


KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — The federal government must learn from the mistakes of the Asian Rare Earth (ARE) plant in Bukit Merah, Ipoh, those leading protests against Lynas Corp’s rare earth refinery in Kuantan said today after an ARE worker’s son died last night. They told The Malaysian Insider the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration must “stop gambling with people’s lives” after the death of Cheah Kok Leong, whose mother Lai Kwan blames congenital defects he was born with 30 years ago on radiation exposure from working at the plant while she was pregnant with him.

“How many more lives must we lose before Putrajaya learns its lesson?” said Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh, who has led protests against Australian miner Lynas’s RM2.3 billion project there. “I will do my best, so that not even one family will have to go through the same kind of suffering as Lai Kwan in Kuantan, STOP LYNAS!!” the PKR vice president added on micro-blogging site Twitter. Save Malaysia Stop Lynas chairman Tan Bun Teet also said it was “sad that politicians are making decisions that capitalise on the forgetfulness of others.” “Lai Kwan’s 30 years of suffering and other deaths in Bukit Merah, although not proven to be a direct result of ARE, should convince the government to show more prudence and care,” said the leader of the group of Kuantan residents opposed to the plant that has raised fears of radiation pollution.

The 11,000-strong Bukit Merah community blames the ARE plant for birth defects and eight leukaemia cases in the last five years, seven of which were fatal. But radiation regulator Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) has said it was unlikely that Lai’s child was born with mental defects because of her exposure to radiation, explaining that nerve tissue is the most resistant to radiation. DAP MP Fong Po Kuan said that in her emergency motion on reports of unsafe radiation in the area that was debated in Parliament last week, she had called on the government “not to make the same mistake in Gebeng as it did in Bukit Merah in 1983.” Fong’s Batu Gajah constituency includes Bukit Merah. “The issue is simple: stop Lynas and stop gambling with people’s lives,” she added.

…more
Anti-Lynas lobby tells Putrajaya to ‘learn lesson’ from Perak death
March 30, 2012 – TMI


Excessive radiation in Bukit Merah even after 18 years


Radiation around the Asian Rare Earth (ARE) plant in Bukit Merah and its permanent waste dumping site at Bukit Kledang, both in Perak, is still at a hazardous level after the factory closed 18 years ago. This disturbing finding was recorded by anti-Lynas group Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) during a fact-finding visit to Perak over the weekend. According to SMSL chairperson Tan Bun Teet (right), his members armed with radiation reading devices were not allowed to enter the plant and dumping sites, but the radiation readings around both locations showed worrying results.

The reading near the plant site was around 0.19 microsievert per hour while the reading near the dumping site stood at about 0.2 microsievert per hour. Both readings, if extrapolated to annual basis, are beyond the safe level of 1 milisievert per year as advised by the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB), claimed Tan. The average background reading of Malaysia is 0.05 microsievert per hour.

“It is regrettable that within the 1.7km buffer zone of the dumping site, we still found fish breeding, animal and vegetable farming activities (left),” said Tan. However, AELB earlier claimed that the plant site has been decontaminated with radiation levels dropping from 0.65 microsievert per hour to 0.17 microsievert per hour, which is safe for human activities.

The board also claimed that it had requested the authorities to move illegal farms and squatters living within the buffer zone around the waste dump site. The ARE plant run by Japanese company Mitsubishi Chemicals from the 1980s to the early 1990s, is blamed for spreading radiation poisoning in Bukit Merah due to alleged poor management of radioactive waste generated from processing tin tailings to extract rare earth. The aftermath of the factory’s operations has been one of the largest radioactive waste clean-ups in Asia, with a permanent dumping site set up at the foot of nearby Bukit Kledang.

…more
Excessive radiation in Bukit Merah even after 18 years
Mar 20, 2012 – Malaysiakini


WHO IS RESPONSIBLE? Who is responsible for the death of Cheah Kok Leong, the son of a worker at the rare earth plant in Bukit Merah who died last night? Who is responsible for the pain and suffering his mother has to endure for 29 years taking care of a child born with congenital defects? Who is responsible for the deaths of seven leukaemia victims in Bukit Merah? Who is responsible for the severe birth defects, lead poisoning, congenital diseases and infant deaths in Bukit Merah? Who is responsible for the radioactive contamination which requires a RM300 million cleanup that continues until today – 30 years later? It is the BN govt! It is the BN govt that allowed the rare earth plant to operate in Bukit Merah despite the people’s objections. It is the BN govt that continues to give priority to business profits over the health of its citizens in allowing Lynas to go ahead despite the people’s objections! It is the BN govt that is deaf to the people’s voices against these deadly rare earth plants. STOP LYNAS NOW! STOP BN NOW!


Perak rare earth worker’s son dies, piles pressure on Lynas


KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — Cheah Kok Leong, the son of a worker at the Asian Rare Earth (ARE) plant in Bukit Merah, Ipoh, died last night, 30 years after being born with congenital defects his mother blamed on radioactive exposure. His mother, Lai Kwan, had claimed she was pregnant with Cheah when working at the plant which was shuttered in 1992 due to public pressure over claims of radiation poisoning. File photo of people in Kuantan signing a banner protesting against the building of the Lynas rare earths plant in Gebeng. Dr Jayabalan A. Thambyappa, a toxicologist who worked with Bukit Merah residents after they blamed the refinery for birth defects and eight leukaemia cases within five years, confirmed the death when contacted by The Malaysian Insider this morning. Seven of the leukaemia victims in the community of 11,000 have also died. But radiation regulator Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) has said it is unlikely that Lai’s child was born mentally retarded because of her exposure to radiation as nerve tissue is the most resistant to radiation. Although there is no concrete proof that the plant, which is still undergoing a RM300 million cleanup exercise, contributed to Cheah’s condition, his death will likely add fuel to protests against another rare earths plant being built in Kuantan. Lynas Corp has insisted its RM2.3 billion plant is safe with only low-level radiation waste being produced that the Australian miner says it will recycle into commercial products. The project was on course for approval until the New York Times highlighted it a year ago, using the ARE plant as a cautionary tale. The newspaper’s March 9, 2011 edition zeroed in on Lai’s story of how she decided to take up a better-paying job in the refinery.

…more
Perak rare earth worker’s son dies, piles pressure on Lynas
March 30, 2012 – TMI


 

Excessive radiation in Bukit Merah even after 18 years.


sumber artikel:  http://www.freemalaysiakini2.com/?p=20874

Radiation around the Asian Rare Earth (ARE) plant in Bukit Merah and its permanent waste dumping site at Bukit Kledang, both in Perak, is still at a hazardous level after the factory closed 18 years ago. This disturbing finding was recorded by anti-Lynas group Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) during a fact-finding visit to Perak over the weekend. According to SMSL chairperson Tan Bun Teet (right), his members armed with radiation reading devices were not allowed to enter the plant and dumping sites, but the radiation readings around both locations showed worrying results.

The reading near the plant site was around 0.19 microsievert per hour while the reading near the dumping site stood at about 0.2 microsievert per hour. Both readings, if extrapolated to annual basis, are beyond the safe level of 1 milisievert per year as advised by the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB), claimed Tan. The average background reading of Malaysia is 0.05 microsievert per hour. “It is regrettable that within the 1.7km buffer zone of the dumping site, we still found fish breeding, animal and vegetable farming activities (left),” said Tan. However, AELB earlier claimed that the plant site has been decontaminated with radiation levels dropping from 0.65 microsievert per hour to 0.17 microsievert per hour, which is safe for human activities.

The board also claimed that it had requested the authorities to move illegal farms and squatters living within the buffer zone around the waste dump site. The ARE plant run by Japanese company Mitsubishi Chemicals from the 1980s to the early 1990s, is blamed for spreading radiation poisoning in Bukit Merah due to alleged poor management of radioactive waste generated from processing tin tailings to extract rare earth. The aftermath of the factory’s operations has been one of the largest radioactive waste clean-ups in Asia, with a permanent dumping site set up at the foot of nearby Bukit Kledang. The anti-Lynas movement has been using the ARE plant as an example to protest against the Lynas rare earth plant in Gebeng, Kuantan.

Members of SMSL also met with a former contractor who was hired by ARE to dump the radioactive waste. According to Tan, the contractor, whose three employees carrying out the job have died at young age, claimed that they just discarded the waste into empty plots of land within Menglembu and Lahat as ARE had not specified a dumping site. In other words, the polluted areas are larger than what the authorities had expected, and they are difficult to trace, Tan elaborated. Tan is also disappointed with the Ipoh Hospital which, he said, did not trace the background of cancer patients over the years to determine whether they were from the affected areas. This matter was conveyed to Tan by Dr Chan Chee Khoon, an epidemiologist from Universiti Malaya, who has been following the issue and has had discussions with the medical personnel of Ipoh Hospital. “This shows that the government did not follow up on the health conditions of residents in that area,” added Tan.

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