Posted: 15 Jun 2011 09:14 AM PDT
PRESS STATEMENT by YB R Sivarasa
I read with much concern the Press Statement issued by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, on the radioactive contamination detected by the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB ) in a factory in Selangor.
The statement said, amongst others, "the radiation reading on one of the workers exceeded more than 400 times the normal reading.." and that AELB found that the reading at the factory was more than 100 times the normal reading.
Although the statement claims that the four workers have gone through the decontamination process and that the premise have been sealed, it is just not reassuring enough to the public.
In the light of the LYNAS issue, the transparency of the government on this matter is of utmost importance and be made top priority if they are indeed practicing "Rakyat didahulukan".
It is already very insulting to the rakyat for the government to withhold information on this radiation leak for over 2 weeks. This incident was brought to the knowledge of the government by the AELB on 2nd June but it was only on the 15th of June that the Minister released a short statement. By not being transparent about this whole issue, the BN Government has indeed put at risk the lives of Malaysians especially the people of Selangor.
By only releasing part of the information and only now, the BN Government has possibly jeopardized the health and safety of our citizens. This is absolutely irresponsible of the Minister who must take all responsibility for any consequences resulting from hiding the facts from the rakyat.
I demand that Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili immediately release full information including the location of the factory involved. The Minister should also disclose the type of radiation involved and all relevant facts. This is absolutely necessary to allay the fears of the general public, of all Malaysians especially Selangor citizens. The disclosure is also necessary to prevent unhealthy speculation by the public.
Further to this the Minister must also make public all reports and results of the investigations that has been carried out.
YB R Sivarasa, Member of Parliamen for Subang
Member of the Political Bureau of Parti Keadilan Rakyat
Member of the Central Leadership Council of Parti Keadilan Rakyat.
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