Saturday, November 21, 2009

Answer and Report from Pahang State Authority on Gold Mining Activities in Bukit Koman

Below is a news report from NST Online on a question answered by the Pahang State Government on 20/11/2009. The DAP wakil rakyat from Kawasan Tras thanked me for posting the question during the tea break so that he was able to seek further clarifications on the issue. We all believe and agree that the safety of the people is always our concerns, whether from the government or the opposition.

No threat from gold mining ops


SEVERAL extra safety measures have been taken to ensure gold mining activities in Bukit Koman, Raub, will not harm the people in the area, the House was told yesterday.

State Environment Committee chairman Datuk Hoh Khai Mun said measures included 10-metre holes at 20 locations to monitor the quality of underground water near the tailing pond and the installation of two units of an alarm system to check the existence of hydrogen cyanide gas in the area.

"We also check the discarded water everyday to trace the existence of cyanide and arsenic and its pH (acidity)," he said in reply to Datuk Chuah Boon Seong (BN-Mentakab).

"Raub Australia Gold Mining Sdn Bhd had also employed staff to check the piping system which transferred waste water to the tailing pond. Also, the Mineral and Geoscience Department will be conducting fortnightly inspections."

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