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BENTONG, Jan 8, 2016:

The Pahang government will introduce stricter rules on bauxite mining to ensure that such activities will no longer cause problems or pollution.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said new rules would be drafted based on the results of the discussions between relevant parties and various agencies.

They include the Land and Mines Office (PTG), Department of Environment (DOE), Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and Road Transport Department (RTD).

“We urge scientists who understand the situation to come up with suggestions. I also urge everyone to be patient because the matter involves many aspects such as location, transportation and port.

“We will find the best solution for all parties,” he told reporters after attending the Bentong-level celebration of Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday at the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Silver Jubilee Hall here today.

Adnan said he would not keep silent on bauxite issues, but would get feedback from the relevant parties before making any statement so as not to aggravate the situation.

He added that for now, the first week of the three-month moratorium imposed on bauxite mining activities beginning Jan 15, focus would be on clearing the Kuantan port from existing bauxite stockpiles.

He said the state government had also identified two areas that would be used as collection centres.

On the leakages of over royalty collection amounting to only RM47 million in 2015 when it was estimated to be five times the amount collected, Adnan said he would meet with the parties involved in the collection.

“Minerals tax collection involves many parties, namely PTG, Minerals and Geoscience Department (JMG), Customs and the port. These agencies’ calculations must be tallied.

“I’ve recalculated and we are supposed to get at least RM180 million (in royalty). This is what we have to investigate and the four agencies must sit together so there will be no leakages,” he said.

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