Posts Tagged ‘Himpunan Hijau

13
Aug
13

1 million signatures to shut down Lynas

KUALA LUMPUR: Environmental group group Himpunan Hijau will start a campaign next month to collect one million signatures against the Lynas rare earth plant in Gebeng, Pahang.

It plans to achieve the one million target within 100 days.

“The one million signatures collected will represent the people’s strong commitment to bring down Lynas,” Himpunan Hijau chief Wong Tack told a press conference today.

Wong said his group would take the “one million voices of the rakyat” to the Yang diPertuan Agong to plead for his intervention in protecting the wellbeing of Malaysians.

He said the signatures would also be submitted to Parliament, the Australian High Commission, the Japanese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and financial institutions that supported Lynas.

The signature collection will start on Aug 24 with the opening of 10,000 stations across the country. The locations of the signing stations will be announced on Aug 15.

Wong said he would “be under the trees” at Dataran Merdeka and would not budge until the one millionth signature was recorded.

He called for volunteers to help in the effort, saying they could start signing up on July 30 at http://www.himpunan-hijau.com.

“We need 10,000 highly committed green leaders to come forward to be a part of this extraordinary, history-in-the-making effort,” he said.

“Beginning Aug 1, official petition forms can be dowloaded from himpunan-hijau.com or Facebook: Himpunan Hijau 2.0: Langkah Lestari,” he said.

Asked whether Himpunan Hijau would organise street protests if Lynas continued operating, Wong said: “Since we believe in people’s power, when the time is right to resolve the issue, then it’s time for the people to go to the streets, and October will be a good month for that.”

Political activist Hishamuddin Rais chimed in: “This signature campaign is only the beginning. A street protest will take place if that is the only way for Lynas to close down.”

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1m signatures to shut down Lynas
Alyaa Azhar
July 22, 2013 – FMT

26
Nov
12

Green Walk ends near Dataran amid blockade

About 300 Green Walk marchers have decided to remain at Dataran Merdeka overnight.

FULL REPORT

KUALA LUMPUR: Thousands of Green Walk marchers today gathered along Jalan Raja after their route to Dataran Merdeka was blocked off by the authorities.

The marchers then decided to sit down by the road, facing a police barricade that stopped them from entering Dataran Merdeka which has been cordoned off since yesterday.

The police have also informed the marchers that no action would be taken as long as the barricade remained unbreached.

At the same time, the marchers also formed a volunteer team to form a human chain to keep the other marchers from breaching the barricade.

The marchers were joined by some Pakatan Rakyat leaders.

Earlier, the organisers said the marchers had gathered at the Sentul market at about 1pm today before embarking on the last leg of the 300km march from Kuantan, which started 13 days ago.

The march started on Nov 12 by Himpunan Hijau chairman Wong Tack to campaign against the controversial Lynas rare earth plant in Gebeng as well as to highlight other environmental issues.

The crowd later broke into jubilation when Wong arrived at the scene at 5.30pm.

“The people have risen, the choice is in our hand,” he said while addressing the crowd.

He said the marchers passed through 15 towns during their trek, and all along the way he saw more and more people coming forward to “defend the future of the country”.

“We are not the last generation of this country; we will take responsibility, we will make the country better,” he told the cheering crowd.

The crowd, which at one point rose to about 10,000, then dispersed soon after, leaving only about 300 marchers behind as at 6pm

Police to investigate

These marchers are planning to follow through with their original plan of camping at Dataran Merdeka for the night.

Wong said the marchers would follow instructions from the authorities but would not disperse.

“Tonight I decided to set foot here, I will talk to nature. Tomorrow I’ll be here to witness the sunlight,” he said.

However, Wong’s energetic speech was followed by Dang Wangi police chief Zainuddin Ahmad’s announcement that Wong would be investigated under Section 9(5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

He said Wong as the organiser has failed to apply for an assembly permit as required under Section 9(1) of the same Act.

Additionally, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) also said that the marchers were prohibited from stepping into Dataran Merdeka because it was undergoing renovation.

In reply, Wong argued that he was not the organiser of the march because “everyone came on their own initiative”. He also mocked the authorities for their “hospitality”.

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Green Walk ends near Dataran amid blockade
Leven Woon
November 25, 2012 – FMT

26
Nov
12

Green Walk paints the town green

Green Walk paints town green
(courtesy: Malaysiakini)

Green Walk paints town green
(courtesy: NSTM)

Green Walk paints town green
(courtesy: via NSTM)

Green Walk paints town green
(courtesy: via NSTM)

25
Nov
12

The Green Walk in pictures 13

Green Walk 13
(courtesy: Himpunan Hijau)

Green Walk 13
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Green Walk 13
(courtesy: Himpunan Hijau)

Green Walk 13
(courtesy: SABM)

Green Walk 13
(courtesy: NSTM)

Green Walk 13
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Green Walk 13
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Green Walk 13
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25
Nov
12

The Green Walk in Pictures 12

Green Walk 12
(courtesy: Himpunan Hijau)

Green Walk 12
(courtesy: Himpunan Hijau)

Green Walk 12
(courtesy: Himpunan Hijau)

Green Walk 12
(courtesy: Himpunan Hijau)

Green Walk 12
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Green Walk 12
(courtesy: Himpunan Hijau)

24
Nov
12

Green Walk to end with People’s Assembly


(courtesy: Malaysiakini) – Wong Tack: People will decide how this country will move forward

Green Walk to end with People’s Assembly

Marchers against Lynas arrive in Selangor.

GOMBAK: The 14-day cross-country march against Lynas Corp will culminate on Monday with a gathering of citizens at Dataran Merdeka that the organisers call a “people’s assembly”.

The hundreds of participants in the so-called Green Walk arrived in Selangor today in a journey that began on Nov 12 in Kuantan with one man—Wong Tak, who leads the environmental group Himpunan Hijau.

Wong said Monday’s assembly would begin at 9am and would collectively decide how to respond to yesterday’s arrival of 100 containers of rare earth ore at Kuantan Port.

“There will be a true people’s assembly at Dataran,” he told reporters. “We will show that the choice is in our hands. We will let the people to decide how we should go forward to change the country.”

He speculated that the gathering might decide to march to Kuantan to protest against the import of the ore.

He said Himpunan Hijau had decided to carry out a blockade against future imports.

“We want to give a stern warning to Lynas. You might escape this time, but you won’t be able to do it the second time. We will try every means to bring down your operations.”

He would not give details about how his group would conduct the blockade or how it would halt Lynas’ operations.

Lynas Australia has said that the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp) in Gebeng, Kuantan, would begin operating within “the coming days”.

Wong denounced Malaysian authorities and Lynas for not informing the public about the arrival of the ore.

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Green Walk to end with People’s Assembly
Leven Woon
November 23, 2012 – FMT

24
Nov
12

The Green Walk in pictures 11

Green Walk 11
(courtesy: Himpunan Hijau 2.0) – The spirit of Mat Kilau, the warrior who stood up against the British

Green Walk 11
(courtesy: Himpunan Hijau 2.0) – The Green Walk milestone hat

Green Walk 11
(courtesy: Himpunan Hijau 2.0) – Signs of the future

Green Walk 11
(courtesy: Himpunan Hijau 2.0) – Warm-up exercises

Green Walk 11
(courtesy: Himpunan Hijau 2.0) – Carnations for the Green Warriors

Green Walk 11
(courtesy: Himpunan Hijau 2.0) – The Rakyat thank the Green Warriors

Green Walk 11
(courtesy: Himpunan Hijau 2.0) – Starting on the next leg of the Green journey

24
Nov
12

Anti-Lynas group shocked by secrecy

This time, the anti-Lynas group takes a political stand saying it was time to vote the ruling government out for ignoring the people’s objection to the Lynas plant.

PETALING JAYA: The Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) group today said it was appalled by the cloud of secrecy surrounding the arrival of rare earth ore at the Kuantan Port yesterday.

In a statement, SMSL’s spokesman Steve Hang said that the shipment runs against Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd and the Malaysian government’s promise to be transparent on the matter.

Yesterday, about 100 containers of rare earth ore arrived at Kuantan Port and is scheduled to be sent for processing at the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) located in Gebeng, Pahang.

The shipment, which arrived at midnight, was guarded by heavy police escort.

Lynas confirmed that it would start its operations in the “coming days” despite an on-going legal battle in the court.

Last month, the Kuantan High Court lifted the suspension on Lynas’ operations. However, it would still hear judicial reviews on getting the plant to stop operations.

Kuantan resident G Ram also said in the statement it was deplorable that police escort was provided for Lynas, while the authorities turned a deaf ear to Malaysian taxpayers’ objections to the plant.

“Deploying public-funded police force to escort Lynas that pays no tax is an insult to injury. When a government goes to this level, we, the rakyat, have no choice but to vote it out,” he said.

Fellow SMSL spokesperson Tan Bun Teet said that a responsible corporation would wait until the court clears the case before starting its operations.

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Anti-Lynas group shocked by secrecy
G Vinod
November 23, 2012 – FMT

23
Nov
12

From Kuantan to Dataran Merdeka: The emancipatory journey for a green Malaysia

NOV 22 — Humans make history; but never in circumstances and situations of their own choosing. This insightful observation by Marx, as he watched over the social upheavals unfolding in Europe in the middle of the 19th century, is a timely expression on what is happening in Malaysia today.

Have Malaysians ever heard of a group of ordinary, fellow Malaysians — our fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, our children — marching slowly but surely, on foot, all 300 kilometres of it, rain or shine, from Kuantan to Dataran Merdeka? All united in a common cause: to stop any further environmental degradation in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah and Sarawak, where stopping the Lynas rare earth refinery in Gebeng, and the Murum and Baram dams in Sarawak, constitutes a fundamental demand.

These Malaysian citizens chose to embark on this journey (dubbed “Langkah Lestari”) because for far too long we have collectively as a nation allowed indiscriminate “development” and rapacious capitalistic resource extraction to go on, all in the name of economic growth and wealth creation.

Just witness the rapid decimation of our natural forestry and the displacement of our fellow indigenous Malaysian communities in Sabah/Sarawak and the peninsula. These have become common phenomena and Malaysians know deep inside that the present state of affairs cannot go on indefinitely without irreversible consequences to our common habitat.

It was their spirit and determination that drew me and my friends to join them in their walk for environmental justice. Donning green shirts and a peasant farmer’s hat, we experienced first-hand what ordinary Malaysians can achieve when they organise themselves, a trend that typifies the sea change in people’s attitude and participation in citizenship activism since 2008.

Ordinary mothers arrange lodgings and food distribution, grandpas and grandmas providing moral support with their feet and encouraging words, fathers managing logistic details, while the young, even little children, learn to take their first baby steps in authentic environmentalism and love for the country.

In other words, “Langkah Lestari” epitomises what has been truly essential in any democratic movement for bringing real social change: the twin values of self-organisation and mutual aid. Against these values, no authoritarian state or oppressive regime can stand a chance. Ordinary citizens, learning to organise themselves, little by little, will win the hearts and minds of the majority of the populace.

Make no mistake. The detractors and spokespersons for corporate and vested interests, such as Lynas Corp, will try to justify the viability of their operations on the grounds of economic development and job creation. Malaysian citizens have to judge for themselves whether this “win-win” deal is really beneficial for the country, especially for the residents in Gebeng/Kuantan.

What are Malaysians getting in exchange for the 12-year tax holiday given to Lynas, estimated at RM1.8 billion per annum, not to mention the billions of ringgit of revenue Lynas will generate from these operations? In reality, this is a classic case of neoliberal capitalism in action: the privatisation of profits, whilst socialising the costs, both human and environmental.

In the Lynas case, it is even more farcical, where we have a case of a foreign mining corporation, which is reaping stratospheric profits as a result of the Western Australian mining boom, deciding to externalise its social costs to another country. Instead of acting as protector and guardian of her citizens’ security and well-being, the Malaysian government has abdicated that role for the sake of endless capital accumulation.

It is no wonder that people from all walks of life are seeing through the lies of neoliberal ideology and deciding to leave the sidelines and join this struggle. The patronising dogma of big business that preaches wealth trickling down to the masses is increasingly hollow and losing its ideological hold on the people.

Try telling the Orang Asal brothers and sisters from Sarawak, who are marching daily with their Semenanjung compatriots, on the merits of an unfettered, free market economy that promises prosperity for all. Our indigenous brothers and sisters will tell you about the true face of “economic development”, where countless thousands of them have experienced forced displacement, land grabbing and environmental destruction.

Politicians from both sides wax lyrical about the need for more development and allocation funds for Sabah and Sarawak. They fail to see that uneven development and destruction of traditional forms of living have led to increasing proletarianisation (making them wage-earners, instead of their traditional self-sufficient farming existence) of our indigenous peoples, precisely what a capitalist economy cannot fail but generate.

These are the hard truths made visible by this 300km walk. It forces us to confront the dark, hidden side of our exploitative economy and its unsustainable ecological trajectory.

This brings us back to the significance of this Sunday, November 25, in the history of this nation. The marchers have decided to occupy Dataran Merdeka once they reach there, awaiting the presence of the prime minister and Members of Parliament from both sides of the political divide the very next morning.

Again ordinary Malaysians like them face the arbitrary exercise of state power in the hands of City Hall and the police when the mayor of KL said that no gathering in Dataran is allowed without an application for permit. We know that the upsurge of participation of Malaysians in public protests since Bersih 3.0 is no historical accident. The momentum of people’s movements will only grow stronger and stronger by the day and “Himpunan Hijau 2.0: Langkah Lestari” in Dataran Merdeka this Sunday will be no different. Thousands upon thousands of Malaysians will be there, come what may.

As I sat in the room with our fellow marchers, listening to the children of Bentong sing a song dedicated to their struggle, I felt strangely emotional. It was as if their voices helped us peer into a future of a new Malaysia that is taking shape right before our eyes. Of its shape and detail, no one could tell with any certainty. But one thing is for sure. It will be a Malaysia very different from the present one, burdened by her heavy history of class and environmental exploitation, and ethnic-based political ideologies.

“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains,” the radical democrat Rosa Luxemburg once said. Thank you, participants of Langkah Lestari, for walking and making Malaysians conscious of the shackles that are enslaving us. Thank you, Saudara Wong Tack (the organising chairperson), for reminding all Malaysians that true emancipation lies in our very own hands: “Pilihan di tangan kita!”

— Boon Kia Meng

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From Kuantan to Dataran Merdeka: The emancipatory journey for a green Malaysia — Boon Kia Meng
November 22, 2012 – TMI

23
Nov
12

The Green Walk in pictures 10

Green Walk 10
(courtesy: Himpunan Hijau 2.0) – Getting ready up for the next lap

Green Walk 10
(courtesy: Himpunan Hijau 2.0) – Off they go towards Genting Sempah

Green Walk 10
(courtesy: Himpunan Hijau 2.0) – Green Walk heading from Pahang to Selangor

Green Walk 10
(courtesy: Himpunan Hijau 2.0) – Arriving at Genting Sempah

Green Walk 10
(courtesy: Himpunan Hijau 2.0) – Green Walk arrived in Selangor

Green Walk 10
(courtesy: Himpunan Hijau 2.0) – Green Walk destination: Dataran Merdeka





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