The water near beaches in Kuantan, Pahang, has turned red due to pollution from the rampant bauxite mining in the state. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, January 2, 2016.The Terengganu government supports the Cabinet's measure to temporarily suspend bauxite mining in Kuantan, Pahang, due to various environmental problems arising from such activities.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said it was the best step taken by the government to defuse the tensions before a better mining method is found.
“There would be no problems with the mining (of bauxite) if it was done in a proper manner, and the state government is fully supportive of the Cabinet's decision.
“Terengganu itself had taken a number of measures, including not issuing any new permits for mining activities as well as tightening control in the affected areas.
“We have also sent a letter of protest to the Pahang government to prevent vehicles from carrying bauxite to the Kemaman port,” he told reporters after the Back to School programme for the Seberang Takir constituency in Kuala Nerus today.
Razif said the state government was also reviewing the terms of the law to disallow the Kemaman port from exporting bauxite. – January 2, 2016.