(TMI) - Environmental group Himpunan Hijau today said it will campaign against the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition in Pahang in its bid to stop Lynas from operating its controversial rare-earth plant in the state.
“Himpunan Hijau from today onwards is entering politics,” the group’s chairman Wong Tack(picture) told a press conference today, saying that Himpunan Hijau wants to change the state government.
At the launch of the group’s “Pahang Green Corridor” campaign today, Himpunan Hijau said it will campaign for federal opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and will focus more on six out of eight parliamentary constituencies and 14 out of 23 state constituencies in that zone.
“Our job now...is to make sure our team will be down to the kampung (village) and visit every single family and reach every quarter of society,” Wong Tack said, adding that the group will set up committees called Angkatan Mat Kilau to giveceramah (talks) and spread information among those in the rural areas.
When asked what is the assurance that PR will stop the Lynas project if it wrests control of Pahang, Wong said the group has given up hope on the ruling BN coalition.
“We have verbal assurance from the Pakatan Rakyat that if they are in power, they will close down Lynas...so we take this promise seriously,” Wong said.
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