Papan-Bukit Merah Radioactive Controversy Video

By Choo Sing Chye

Watch it and find out yourself why the people of  Papan, Bukit Merah and Menglembu protested  against Asian Rare Earth, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical.

In the early years of 1984, the people were made to believe that the dumpsite was of good quality and ARE was expected to monitor the disposal of the radioactive waste. 

This was a big let down.   The quality of the trenches were overwhelmingly bad.  The disposal of the radioactive waste was equally as appalling. 

There was little or worst, no suppervision at all for the waste disposal and the building of the trenches.  The contractors were left to their own devises as to the course of action to be taken.  Hence poor quality trenches were built and illegal dumping of the radioactive waste became a common affair.   

At the cost of only RM 250 thousand per trench and the total cost of RM 18 million for the planned 72 trenches, it was minuscule compared to the RM 303 million present cleanup and building of the dumpsite.

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