"Among the amendments to the Act is to increase penalties for employers who fail to ensure safety, health and welfare at the workplace. At the moment the maximum penalty is RM50,000, which is easy for major project developers to pay for it."
He said the PH government is also conscious that the country cannot develop if it does not grow the economy.
"We estimate that the assistance will raise the government's debt burden by 0.3% of gross domestic product (GDP) to 56.0% in 2019, substantially higher than median debt ratio for A-rated sovereigns of 37.8%, and up from 50.7% in 2017."
Khoo Salma, a member of the civic group’s steering committee, said the Department of Environment should have spotted the mistakes and asked for a fresh report.
“According to the information provided by the Malaysian side… (we) have done a very thorough and detailed search, but sorry to say there’s no find.”
He said the EIA report received conditional approval from the DoE recently but it contains only preliminary design drawings with JKR guidelines as a reference to provide the base outline.
“We will adhere to all feedback from the relevant technical departments regarding the implementation of the project in line with Section 2A(2)(b) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1976.”
He said that as of December 2018, Lynas had collected 1.13 million tonnes of Neutralisation Underflow Residue (NUF) wastes in the six years it has been operating in Gebeng near here, with the wastes kept at the side of the plant. “If we go according to Regulation 4: Disposal of Scheduled Wastes under the Environmental Quality (Scheduled Wastes) Regulations 2005, the maximum amount of scheduled wastes that can be collected at the site is 20 tonnes for up to 180 days,” he said.
“Last year’s statistics showed that government offices accounted for 18.8 percent of the total breeding sites of Aedes mosquitoes in Selangor."
SPAN said the Perak Water Board (LAP) was currently supplying water to consumers in the affected areas using nine tankers, as well as by placing 13 static tanks at strategic locations.