Tuesday, 27 November 2012

No evidence that Lynas is a danger to the public

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has assured the public that there are no findings to support claims of the danger of radioactivity at the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in Gebeng, Kuantan.

“We found no evidence of any health threat to people living in the area,” he said at a press conference after launching the Fourth Conference on Traditional Medicine in Asean Countries here yesterday.

He said the Government had always prioritised the public's health and had taken note of issues raised by groups about the plant's safety.

“We have set up a panel and met various experts. The Government also set up the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on Lynas to study various claims brought up by the Himpunan Hijau group.

“However, until today, there is no evidence that it is dangerous to the public,” he said.

It was reported that the Himpunan Hijau group had embarked on a 300km walk from Kuantan to protest against LAMP.

On Nov 8, the Kuantan High Court lifted the suspension of Lynas' temporary operating licence, paving the way for the plant to start operations.

On a separate matter, Liow, who is also MCA deputy president, said the party would continue to engage with stakeholders to get feedback on the Malaysia Education Blueprint (2013-2025).

“The United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) is invited to give its input, which we will include in the memorandum to the Education Ministry,” he said.

Liow also said the Health Ministry was looking to expand traditional and complementary medicine (TCM) from hospitals to clinics as a preventive measure and to reduce healthcare costs.

“Previously, such services were only provided in hospitals but it is time for us to introduce them in primary healthcare centres as these are an effective form of preventive medicine,” he said, adding that the ministry had introduced the first pilot project for TCM treatment at a clinic in Masai, Johor Baru, this month.

“If it is successful, we can implement it in other clinics by next year,” he said, adding that the introduction of TCM in clinics could help reduce the rising healthcare costs.

“In China, TCM is widely practised alongside modern medicine. I am impressed at how the TCM system in China has kept healthcare expenditure at low levels.

“If we manage to create awareness, I am confident that our spending on healthcare can be reduced,” he said.

It was reported that there are 11 government hospitals that provide TCM services.
Source : Click


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