Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong has demanded Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng apologise to Malaysians over his previous “baseless rant” on Lynas.
In his Facebook post, the MCA president made the call with regard to a video clip showing Lim, who was then Penang chief minister, saying that the then Pakatan Harapan Opposition was against the “nuclear plant”.
Dr Wee asked if Lim Guan Eng remembers the speech he delivered. He claimed that what Lim Guan Eng said before is vastly different from what he says now over Lynas.
Lim had claimed that the Lynas processing plant was a “nuclear plant”.
“Keeping quiet? Where did the nuclear plant go? Still dangerous?
“Or the nuclear effect has vanished after Pakatan’s rule?” Dr Wee questioned.
He said that Lim should apologise and retract his baseless statement.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia will allow Australian rare earth producer Lynas Corp to keep operating its rare earth processing plant in Pahang.
Dr Mahathir’s comments removed the uncertainty that had been hanging over the future of Lynas’ US$800mil (RM3.35bil) plant after Malaysia halted the process for renewing its licence because of waste disposal concerns.
Australia has since has welcomed news of the Malaysian government’s intention to renew the operating licence of Lynas.