BN government never stood by the rakyat in the Bukit Merah – Papan Controversy. 

Choo Sing Chye

Never for once, the Barisan Nasional government has stood by the rakyat on issues that are dear to their hearts. For an example, their pursuit for a cleaner environment had always hindered by the machination of the government.  

Apparently by not having the rakyat’s welfare at heart, the Minister of the Science, Technology & Innovation Ministry (MOSTI), Maximus Ongkili has forsaken the “prime duty” of the regulatory authorities that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had proposed. 

The IAEA, which was invited by the government during the Bukit Merah and Papan controversy made many recommendations, and one of them was the “prime duty” which the regulatory authorities should “adhere”: 

“there is one principle to which all should adhere: regulatory authorities (Government) should be effectively separated from implementing organization (ARE), since … the prime duty of regulatory authorities is to protect Man and the environment, ensuing the … radiation doses to Man do not contravene the recommendations of the ICRP  regulation.” 

Contrary to what the IAEA had recommended, the Federal and the State Government, in the case of the  Papan and Bukit Merah controversy, chose to sideline the welfare of the rakyat and sided with the giant  conglomerate – Mitsubishi Chemical, Japan. 

Likewise in Ongkili’s case, by ignoring the rakyat’s welfare, he had deviated from the “prime duty of (the) regulatory authorities… to protect Man and the environment”.  

Unmistakably, the proof is in his unambiguous expressed statement which he said: “the onus is on them (anti-Lynas group), not on me, to say that decision of the board is not correct. So give me additional information to point to the fact that it was not a wise decision.” (Ongkili’s interview with Malaysian Insider, April 15, 2012)

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