PKR's Fuziah says she's ready to debate Pas' Dr Che Rosli
KUALA LUMPUR: Issues surrounding Lynas Corporation Ltd's rare earth refining plant in Pahang could lead to a debate between two Pakatan Rakyat members of parliament who hold opposing views on the matter.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat's MP for Kuantan Fuziah Salleh is prepared for an open debate over the safety of the project with Pas Hulu Langat MP, Dr Che Rosli Che Mat .
Dr Che Rosli is a trained nuclear scientist who had openly stated his support for the Lynas plant based on his finding that the project was not harmful.
"I am not afraid to have a debate with Dr Che Rosli or anyone else regarding the project. Let's have it on a large scale. The debate would be a platform for people to understand the Lynas issue better," Fuziah said.
Fuziah was asked to comment on Bayan Baru MP Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohd Hashim's suggestion for the two Pakatan MPs to debate the issues and controversy surrounding the Lynas plant in Gebeng near Kuantan.
Zahrain, in his latest blog post, suggested Fuziah and Dr Che Rosli to thrash out their views over Lynas via an open debate which could be telecast live to enable Kuantan folks to have a better understanding of the issues affecting them.
"All they (the MPs) have to do is to remember that Lynas is not a political issue," Zahrain said.
Fuziah, who is PKR vice president, is one of the main opponent of the Lynas plant although the Gebeng industrial area where the plant is being constructed is located out of her constituency.
Expressing her willingness to take part in an open debate, Fuziah expressed confidence that she could convince Dr Che Rosli about why the Lynas project should not be allowed in Kuantan.
"I did not only consult the nuclear expert on this project. I had discussed with geologists, environmentalists, public health experts and many more.
"When we talk about Lynas we talk about all angles and not only from radiation or the nuclear aspect of it," she said.
Dr Che Rosli on the other hand has been firm in his view that Lynas was safe and that it should be allowed to continue as long as the company adhered to the stringent guidelines set by the authorities.
However, Dr Che Rosli played down the possibilities of having a debate with Fuziah, fearing that the issue will be politicised.
“Let her debate with the Atomic Energy Licensing Board instead. I don’t want to prolong the issue nor do I want it to be politicised,” the former head of Nuclear Science Department for Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia said.
In August last year Dr Che Rosli had criticised PKR and Pas’ news letter Harakah for misleading reports on Lynas.
During a closing speech at Pas annual meeting in June last year, Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang also side stepped the Lynas issue and urged those with queries to refer to experts like Che Rosli.