Yes! Sunsuria Forum is the new trendsetter in Setia Alam

Yes! Sunsuria Forum is the new trendsetter in Setia Alam

Fancy the comfort on your doorstep? Look no further, Sunsuria Forum in Setia Alam is the place that inspires your living, work and social life. Enjoy the one-stop convenience like no other in an environment featuring a lifestyle mall, retail outlets, corporate offices/ suites as well as the residential tower. The freehold integrated self-sustaining development of RM1.4 billion in gross development value (GDV) is transforming every inch of space to life for the sophisticated urbanites.

Breathe the air of SOHO living excitement

Vibrant, eclectic and cosmopolitan. Take a sip of your favorite coffee and snuggle down in the trendy SOHO suites. The minimalist yet practical design creates an unpretentious atmosphere. Here, you have a free hand on defining your own style of living, work and social life. This is where you connect with people who appreciate the sense of belonging in a dynamic Sunsuria community.

Spice up your life with added synergy in this multifunctional working and living space. Head to the facilities deck on the 9th floor and get energized. Take a dip in the Amarillo Starlight infinity pool while enjoying the refreshing views from the deck. Get fit in style with the built-in street workout installations.

The multipurpose hall, shaded pavilion and serene deck add zest to your social gathering and recreation. That’s not all. The community pod, toddler land, yoga/ tai chi deck and terrace Jacuzzi are part of the real deal as well.

Of course, security is a matter of utmost concern. The 24-hour multitier security system combining access card, security patrol and CCTV surveillance provides residents with added peace of mind.

The 653-unit SOHO suites of 441 – 904 sq. ft. in built-ups are housed in a 33-storey tower with attractive prices starting from RM298,000. Be one the privileged owners and experience life with a flair for creativity.

A corporate office that lets you relish work-life balance

This is a full-fledged corporate office with a warm reception. You arrive like an VIP the very moment you walk into its grand double-volume lobby. The classy feel uplifts your spirits instantly. The modern office tower of 346 units will be serviced by eight high-speed lifts for a faster access.

The high standards also include a 24-hour surveillance system with turnstile security for visitors. Each unit is graced with abundant natural lighting and ventilation for a healthy working environment.

From business lounge to meeting rooms, your business needs are taken care of like an honoured guest. Feel free to enjoy the office amenities that Sunsuria Forum has in store for you at the Business Centre.

The 31-storey office tower features varied built-ups of 624 – 14,400 sq. ft. to suit different business preferences. You can be one of the proud owners of this prestigious address for RM526,000 onwards.

A lifestyle mall with a gross floor area of 256,000 sq. ft. adds more vibrancy to this integrated development while the sold-out Boulevard Walk of 61 retail outlets and 172 office lots complements the iconic landmark. The Boulevard Walk will house a number of notable brands in the likes of Village Grocer, Focus Point, Alibaba & Nyonya, Baskin Robbins, Secret Recipe and Subway.

Both the SOHO and corporate office residents will have direct access to the lifestyle facilities on the ninth floor in the likes of refreshing pools and “diamond reflexology trail”. Such integrated components transcend urban sophistication with a holistic approach that boosts your work-life balance for improved productivity and relationships.

You are a proud resident of Sunsuria Forum

The very design of Sunsuria Forum fosters community interaction as evidenced by its connected blocks with open corridors and elevated pedestrian walkways. It promotes the concept of seamless connectivity within development. The outdoor shopping and alfresco dining are two pleasant styles of living. The triple-volume interior space with skylight roof pushes the shop-office ambience to new heights. An engaging experience awaits the young, first-home buyers as Sunsuria Forum is bringing an integrated social living hub to the booming Setia Alam township. Be it for work or family and leisure gathering, it is setting a lofty benchmark.

Comprehensive township planning for all walks of life

The 2,525-acre Setia Alam is a glorious example of excellent master planning. The township of mixed residential and commercial development is forecast to reach a population of 150,000 by 2020, in which Sunsuria Forum is tapping into a catchment area of readily available supporting facilities and institutions.

Excellent learning institutions such as Odyssey The Global Preschool Malaysia, Peninsula International School Australia and Tenby International School are found within the Setia Alam vicinity. Universiti Teknologi MARA Shah Alam is just a short distance away.

KPJ Klang Specialist Hospital, Columbia Asia Hospital and Hospital Shah Alam are prominent hospitals nearby. In addition to Setia City Mall, your shopping destinations include AEON Bukit Raja, i-City and Giant Hypermarket Klang. For other recreational choices, Setia Alam Central Park, Setia City Park, Setia City Convention Centre, Urban Park and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Golf & Country Club top the list.

The feel-good checklist continues with other lifestyle-inspired residential and commercial components such as the affluent Setia Eco Park and Duta Villa, and bustling Setia Taipan.

Located in the International Zone of the Setia Alam township, Sunsuria Forum is directly accessible via Persiaran Setia Alam with highway connectivity in the likes of North Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE), North-South Expressway Central Link (ELITE) and Federal Highway, and Jalan Meru.

Cherish community-centric lifestyle

Sunsuria Forum is becoming a preferred address in the Klang Valley to experience the spirited community vibes. It enriches you with lasting aspirations for living, work and social life. It’s a welcoming environment specially built for you to raise a family and live a better life.

Call 011 – 1622 1931 to find out more about Sunsuria Forum. The time-limited offer is up for grabs!

SPLENDID LEARNING EXPERIENCE WITH A TOUCH OF RUSSIAN CULTURE

SPLENDID LEARNING EXPERIENCE WITH A TOUCH OF RUSSIAN CULTURE

Asia Pacific University’s International Relations Students Conduct Diplomatic Mission Visit to the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Malaysia

Despite their differences in nationalities and cultural backgrounds, 30 students from 15 nations under the BA (Hons) International Relations programme at Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) came together for an out-of-classroom learning trip to the Russian Centre for Science and Culture, under the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Malaysia.

The multicultural visiting group comprised students from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kashmir, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Russia, Seychelles, Somali Land, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates and Zambia.

Alexander V. Antipov, First Secretary conducted a guest lecture for APU’s International Relations students on Russian foreign policies and the nation’s efforts in promoting Sustainable Development Goals.

Alexander V. Antipov, First Secretary and Maxim A. Salnikov, Second Secretary, Press-Attaché at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Malaysia conducted a 45-minute guest lecture that exposed the students towards Russia’s foreign policy on preserving national security, as well as the roles of Russia in Sustainable Development Goals in promoting world peace and a secure global environment.

Questions related to Russia’s interest in foreign policies as well as issues in world politics were among the topics that were actively discussed amongst the students together with the officials from the Russian Embassy.

Rizwan Rafi Togoo, Final Year Student of the BA (Hons) International Relations programme, who appreciated the learning experience, expressed,

“The diplomats at the Embassy were highly interactive; they were helpful in answering to our queries, and it was a great experience as they encouraged us to try on the Russian attire during our visit too – this is a memorable moment that I may not have experienced if I did not participate in this visit!”

Apart from having the opportunity to interact with the Russian diplomats directly, Togoo was also one of the 30 students who had the first-hand experience trying on traditional Russian folk costumes and reading about ornate religious and cultural symbols during the visit.

During their visit, the students from different cultural backgrounds had the opportunity to try on traditional Russian folk costumes as well. (second from left: Alexander V. Antipov, First Secretary, second from right: and Maxim A. Salnikov, Second Secretary, Press-Attaché)

This visit was one of the 5 to 6 visits scheduled by APU’s School of Marketing and Media to encourage the development of International Relations students’ knowledge towards cultural environments and world affairs in the era of globalization.

“At all the visits organised for our students, we always stress on the importance of global cultural awareness – through interaction with diplomats and their peers with different ideologies, we are pleased to see their horizon of thinking being broadened and this gives them an edge as future international relations advocates,”

said Dr. Devinder Kaur, Head of School of Marketing and Media, APU.

Apart from traditional costumes, students who visited the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Malaysia also had the opportunities to admire Russian traditional art pieces, souvenirs and ornaments

Move-in-ready vs under construction, which one fits you better?

Move-in-ready vs under construction, which one fits you better?

You are in the market for either a residential or commercial property. Normally, this would mean looking at either new launches, or the sub-sale / secondary market. Each has its pros and cons, so which one is best suited for you?

Imagine walking into a brand new property and taking immediate possession just like that. You can see exactly what you’re getting, evaluate its quality, check out your neighbours, and you can literally move in straight away.

While this may sound ideal, taking immediate possession of a property also means your full monthly repayments start straight away. With an under construction project, you can at least buy yourself some time in order to better shape your finances while waiting for it to complete.

Before you make up your mind, let us evaluate the pros and cons of each. What really suits you may not be a preferred choice for others. To help you get a clearer picture, let’s make a comparison between a ready-to-move-in property of today and a new launch property due a few years later.

Instant Possession vs Under Construction

Ready-Move-In (Completed) New Launch (Under Construction)
Pros
  • Can move in instantly, immediate possession,
    no waiting period
  • What you see is what you get. You can see the actual unit before buying
  • Easier to plan your fit-outs and ID
  • Able to directly negotiate with the owner to get a better price
  • If you’re an investor, you can immediately begin generating yield by renting the unit out
  • Get to see who your neighbours are
  • Attractive financing packages from the developer, minimize cash outlay
  • Potential for price appreciation upon completion
  • You get to enjoy the latest designs and concepts
  • Benefit from the customer service of the developer
  • Developer provides defects liability period, so all defects are taken care of
Cons
  • No warranty on defects. You may have to fork out quite a bit of money to repair and refurbish the unit to your liking
  • High cash-outlay. As you have to pay for all legal fees, stamp duties and loan differential sums
  • Can only move it after a certain period of time. E.g. 2 – 4 years later
  • You have to bear the interest cost during construction
  • Unsure about the quality of construction – may be compromised upon delivery
  • Finished product may not be to your expectation

 

One size fits all? Not really.

As mentioned earlier, each approach has its benefits and disadvantages. You just have to choose which is best suited for you, disadvantages and all.

For after all, we can’t have the best of both worlds right?

Best of Both Worlds?

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Introducing Mah Sing’s DESIRE campaign, which covers a total of 19 move-in-ready residential and commercial projects nationwide located in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang, Johor & Sabah. Some of the projects include Lakeville Residence, Icon City, D’Sara Sentral, Ferringhi Residence 2 and Meridin Medini, among others.

Beautifully designed, and bundled with an attractive range of financing & furnishing packages as well as free move-in services, the properties under the DESIRE campaign are perfect for those of you who want to occupy your unit straight away, while still enjoying all the financing packages and perks that buying from a reputable developer such as Mah Sing can bring.

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Acer Expands Commercial Portfolio with New Array of Veritons, TravelMates and Chromebooks

Acer Expands Commercial Portfolio with New Array of Veritons, TravelMates and Chromebooks

Petaling Jaya, 19 July 2018 – Acer Malaysia today extends its portfolio of devices for business and education environments with the unveiling of the powerful Veriton series in an array of forms and specifications, as well as TravelMates and Chromebooks of various sizes to provide different grades of performance.

Acer Sales & Services Sdn Bhd General Manager of Products, Sales and Marketing, Chan Weng Hong said, “We are constantly innovating to improve every product in our extensive commercial line by bringing devices with the latest technology including the 8th Gen processor. As a leader in Chromebooks, Acer will continue to excite the market with new devices as we play our pivotal role in accelerating their adoption in business, education and at home. With more features available with Chrome OS, we are responding with form factors that offer more meaningful benefits to our customers. ”

Acer Veriton S, Veriton X and Veriton M Series

Powered by up to 8th Gen® Intel® CoreTM i7+ processors paired with Intel® OptaneTM technology, the Acer Veriton S, Veriton X and Veriton M series deliver a smoother, more responsive and fast computing experience, making it an ideal desktop to keep up with everyday business tasks with ease. With M.2 2280 PCle SSD, the desktops boast quicker boot-up, accelerated speed and performance to boost productivity.

Speed and increased productivity is the name of the business with the Acer Veriton S, Veriton X and Veriton M series, as they also come with faster connection thanks to the 2x2 802.11ac and stable Gigabit LAN. Among the numerous ports included is a USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 port for high speed data transfer in some variants of Veriton X and Veriton M series. These performance-oriented desktops support up to three independent displays to maximize productivity, through D-sub, HDMI and Display Port without the need for additional graphics cards. For business owners looking for better performance with discrete graphics, the Acer Veriton S series and Veriton X series can support up to five independent displays with a simple addition of NVIDIA® or AMD® graphics cards. For security, a business class security Trusted Platform Module (TPM2.0) keeps workplace data secured.

Featuring up to 4 DIMMs that support up to 64GB memory, the Acer Veriton X6660G and M6660G empower businesses with top-of-line performance. The devices support Intel® vPro TM technology which allows remote PC management and security tasks at hardware level i.e. even when an OS is down or PC power is off, making enterprise-level manageability even more convenient and cost-efficient.

Designed for mainstream users, the Acer Veriton X2660G and Veriton S2660G are the best small form factor powerful desktops which provide business grade performance, security and management tools. The devices come with 2 DIMMs that support up to 32GB memory. The Acer Veriton S2660G also comes with 256GB SSD in lieu of a DVD drive, and this contributes further to the quick boot-up.

Acer Veriton S, Veriton X and Veriton M series are priced from RM1,999 onwards and will be available for purchase in early-August at Acer official online stores and all Acer authorized resellers nationwide.

Acer TravelMate X3410 and P2 Series

Over the years, the Acer TravelMate series has built a reputation for being dependable business laptops for professionals. Now with the availability of variants running on up to 8th Gen® Intel® CoreTM i processors and shipped with Windows® 10 Professional, the Acer TravelMate X3410 and P2 series are set to take business productivity up another notch. The laptops feature up to 32GB DDR4 memory and up to 512GB SSD for serious productivity performance. With battery life of up to 15 hours and the 2x2 MU-MIMO 802.11 ac wireless technology, users can accomplish all tasks without having to lug a charger to meetings and will experience quicker connectivity in Wi-Fi sharing environments. The travel distance of the chiclet keyboard is 1.3mm in the

Acer TravelMate X3410 series and 1.6mm in the Acer TravelMate P2 series to ensure comfortable typing during long hours of work.

The FHD display with patented Acer BuelightShieldTM and ComfyViewTM to protect eyes, provides clearer images, crisper text and vibrant web browsing experience. The devices also come with a robust design of smooth 180-degree opening to a flat position, allowing for the sharing of presentation with colleagues with more flexibility.

The large precision touch pad is paired with multi-gesture capability to enable more usability through a host of actions using fingers and gestures. With the Cortana with voice certification for a better speech recognition, the personal assistant experience is enhanced, while the 720HDR webcam delivers clear visual by optimizing video shooting and image capturing automatically.

Making it aptly suitable for secure business use is TPM 2.0, a hardware-based encryption to secure user credentials, email and data. It adds an additional layer of security and allows laptops to run applications more securely, making transactions and communications more trustworthy with the Acer TravelMate X3410 and P2 series.

The professionals who demand uncompromising reliability and performance power to crunch multitasking and to conquer larger tasks, the Acer TravelMate X3410 features up to 32GB DDR4 memory and up to 512GB SSD. It offers battery charging with the single reversible USB Type-C port that also transfers data ultra quickly at up to 5 Gbps at the same time when power sharing with external devices. The compatibility of this port with Acer Type-C Dock also enables workspace capability expansion effortlessly. The Acer TravelMate X3410 is a serious business-class laptop optimized for productivity, security, and reliability for true professionals.

Designed to meet the daily tasks of small and medium business easily and effortlessly, the Acer TravelMate P2 series comes with 4GB DDR4 memory and up to 32GB RAM. Available in two models, the TravelMate P2410 and P249 offers options for business owners who seek laptops that can level up productivity and connectivity as well as suitable for frequent travels. The TravelMate P2410 also uniquely comes with the option of 256GB SSD or 1TB hard drive.

The Acer TravelMate P2 series is priced from RM2,499 onwards and available for purchase immediately at Acer official online stores and all Acer authorized resellers nationwide whereas the Acer TravelMate X series is priced at RM3,999 for the i5 model and RM4,899 for the i7 model. Both the Acer TravelMate X models will be available for purchase in September at Acer official online stores and all Acer authorized resellers nationwide.

Acer Chromebook Spin 11

Designed for teachers, families and individuals who want to embrace the ease and security of Chrome, the new convertible Acer Chromebook Spin 11 features a stylish design that can be used in four versatile modes. With the Acer patented 360° dual-torque hinge design, it offers a wobble-free and optimized touch experience on the 11.6-inch HD IPS display with 1366 x 768 resolution. With four modes to choose from tablet, tent, laptop and display, finding the right fit for any usage need has never been easier.

Enhancing its touch capability, the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 is bundled with a Wacom EMR stylus to  maximize the functionality of the device with stylus input through fast, accurate and an excellent digital writing experience. It comes with two cameras – the Acer HD webcam located above the keyboard has 88° of Wide Field of View (FOV) enhances video conferences and Google Hangouts in a large group without missing any details, and a second webcam that is placed on the cover to allow users to capture images or videos when in tablet mode. Collectively, these thoughtful features of the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 are compelling functionality that is highly appreciated in many teaching environments.

Being a Chrome device, it fully supports Google Play and users have access to more than 2 millions of Android apps with the familiar touch gestures. The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 has two USB Type-C Gen 1 ports, which can be used to charge the device, for ultra fast data transfer up to 5 Gbps and to connect to an HD display to share visuals.

Powered by Intel® Celeron® quad-core processor N3450, the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 comes with 4GB or 8GB LPDDR4 memory and up to 64GB on-board eMMC storage. With up to 10 hours of battery life, users can enjoy all-day productivity with just a single charge.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 is available in two variants – the C6GV variant with 8GB DDR4 memory coupled with 64GB eMMC storage; and the C9K5 variant with 4GB DDR4 memory and 32GB eMMC storage. Priced at RM1,699 and RM1,399 respectively, both variants are available for purchase immediately at all Acer official online stores and authorized resellers nationwide.

Acer Chromebook 11

Compliant with rigorous U.S. Military testing that validates its ruggedness, the Acer Chromebook 11 is a device proven to be durable, reliable and of quality. It also adheres to MIL-STD 810F for sand and dust intrusion protection.

The Acer Chromebook 11 C732 can tolerate drops from heights up to 122cm (48 inches) thanks to a durable corner-shield structure and rubber bumper surrounding the keyboard. The Acer Chromebook 11’s unique internal honeycomb structure reinforces the body to handle up to 60kg (132 pounds) of downward force on the top cover. The reinforced case and hinges result in greater resistance to twisting and stress, even if students cram them into their backpacks or lean their weight on their bags with the laptop in it, when sitting.

Weighing just 1.26kg, the Acer Chromebook C11 is ideal for use anywhere – at home, school or on-the-go. The 180-degree hinge offers better viewing angles on its 11.6-inch IPS screen display for sharing purposes.  The Acer Chromebook 11 includes two USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 ports, which can be used to charge the laptop or other devices, transfer data quickly up to 5 Gbps and connect to an HD display.

The Acer Chromebook 11 delivers solid computing performance powered by Intel® Celeron® quad-core processor N3450, and with 12 hours long battery life, all-day productivity and entertainment with just a single charge is the order of the day.

This built-to-be-tough and to withstand kids’ use laptop is priced at RM1,099. The Acer Chromebook 11 is available for purchase immediately at all Acer official online stores and all Acer authorized resellers nationwide.

Acer Chromebook Tab 10

Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is the first education tablet running Chrome OS. Built for classroom environments to enhance and expand student learning, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 brings the speed, simplicity and security of Chrome OS into the tablet form factor. Equipped with an OP1 processor that integrates dual-core Cortex-A72 and 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is responsive and can run multiple apps at once.

The 9.7-inch QXGA IPS touch display provides 2048 x 1536 pixels per inch, offers students incredibly clear perspectives for classwork. It can last up to 9 hours on battery, making it perfect for students to use throughout the school day. And should they run low on battery, and are without a charger, fret not! The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 can be charged using a powerbank via its USB 3.1 Type-C port.

The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 also fully supports Google Pay, which gives teachers and students access to educational Android apps that have been approved and curated by administrators to let them collaborate, discover, engage and learn. In addition, it is compatible with Chrome Management Console where a school administration can manage the device with ease, similar to that of Chromebook, Chromebox and Chromebase.

The device comes standard with a Wacom EMR stylus which can be embedded in the chassis dock for secure storage. Students can work precisely with interactive apps, sketch, take notes and capture ideas that can be shared with classmates and teachers. The Wacom EMR stylus does not require a battery and is resistant to accidental drops.

Acer Chromebook Tab 10 will support augmented reality in the future to enable immersive learning experiences with Expeditions AR. Expeditions AR is Google’s AR technology that maps the physical classroom and places 3D objects in it for students to study, making the subjects such as biology, geography and astronomy easier to comprehend.

Priced at RM1,299, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 comes in unique cobalt blue colour and is available for purchase immediately at all Acer official online stores and all Acer authorized resellers nationwide.

Acer Chromebox CXI3

The Acer Chromebox CXI3 is equipped with easy-to-use Chrome OS and is ideal for business. Available with up to the latest 8th Gen® Intel® CoreTM i processor and comes with up to 16GB DDR4 RAM, the Acer Chromebox CXI3 delivers powerful and responsive daily computing performance. With the faster boot-up time within seconds, and USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 for fast transfer of power and data, users can look forward to productivity without lag. Its capability to support dual monitors through HDMI and Type-C ports without any additional effort makes it a breeze for users to spread out work browsers onto two displays.

Running on the reliable Chrome OS, the Acer Chromebox CXI3 comes with the first class security with Google automatic software upgrades, fixes and new features. All the files are securely stored in the cloud. The Acer Chromebox CXI3 gives peace of mind with its always up-to-date security feature.

The Acer Chromebox CXI3 is compact in design and fits neatly into any workplace, especially small and limited areas. Its space-saving design with three modes: flat, stand and VESA mount, make it easy to be placed anywhere.

The Acer Chromebox CXI3 is priced at RM1,999 and available for immediate purchase at all Acer official online stores and authorized resellers nationwide.

For more information, please visit Acer Malaysia Facebook or
call Acer’s Product Infoline at 1800-88-1288

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Some things just require a higher level of accountability

Some things just require a higher level of accountability

In one word, radioactive. In two words, Bukit Merah.

Rare earth mining and refining has a unenviable association with serious environmental problems. After the tragedy in Bukit Merah, caused by the lax radioactive waste management by rare earth refiner Asian Rare Earth Sdn Bhd, the Malaysian public is understandably very concerned and demands assurance that radioactive wastes from the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in Gebeng, Kuantan is properly disposed of.

Lynas has repeatedly maintained it “has successfully met all licence conditions relating to operations and environmental performance” and that it is “strongly committed to open and transparent communication with all our stakeholders”.

 

Many remain unassured. Why is that?

For starters, after more than five years in operation, Lynas has yet to identify the location of a permanent deposit facility (PDF) for the storage of its radioactive wastes. Neither has there been any public notifications, publications or  announcements by the Atomic Energy Licensing Board of Malaysia (AELB) on the issue. Note that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in its 2011 report had recommended that a PDF be identified before an operating licence is awarded to LAMP.

Malaysia’s Land Code forbids the usage of any land as PDF of radioactive wastes. As AELB should be keenly aware of that, this indicates the regulator’s acceptance of Lynas’ bold claims that it could safely recycle all its wastes, including the radioactive water leached purification (WLP) waste. Given the nature of radioactive wastes, is that even possible?

 

Lynas’ engagement with stakeholders is arguably also lacking.

True Lynas has held exhibitions, organised some community activities, and opened its doors for visits from the press and stakeholders. But many questions remain unanswered.

There has been repeated calls for Lynas to have a more in-depth dialogue with stakeholders, such as via a public forum, to address issues of concern, especially its radioactive waste management. Lynas CEO Amanda Lacaze had seemed open to the idea of a public forum after the International Trade and Industry Minister suggested it in 2016, giving the impression it plans to conduct such a forum, “preferably before year-end”.

When the issue of a public forum was pursued again, Lacaze pointed to the company’s website: “Information on our residue management is available in the following sections of our website www.lynascorp.com — Commitments & Responsibilities / Residue Management, and News / Media Briefing at Community Event.” (Note: the website’s layout and sections have changed since.)

Alas, some information found on its website raises even more questions!

Notably, the website does not state the volume of wastes Lynas produces. Formulation of its soil enhancer, called CondiSoil, could not be found either.

In its Radioactive Waste Management Plan (RWMP) submitted on 30 December 2011, Lynas had proposed to recycle all its solid wastes into industrial by-products. It had shared an impressive timeline of R&D and commercialisation over 2012-2015. Key products/applications included plaster board and cement manufacturing, road base, fertilizers, and soil remediation. As CondiSoil now seems to be the sole residue-derived product on its plate, Lynas needs to share more on how this product helps it to recycle its radioactive wastes.

If Lynas is being seen a villain, it has no one to blame but itself. Turning a deaf ear to the repeated requests for a dialogue from the community LAMP is operating in is a demonstration of haughty arrogance at best, or worse, hiding something that cannot stand up to exposure. Given the lack of disclosure and details on CondiSoil, Lynas looks suspiciously like trying to pull wool over the public’s eyes.  

Yes legally, Lynas has complied with all the required rules and regulations, for now. AELB concurs.

But morally, Lynas has failed us.

Unless Lynas can assure us to the contrary, it will remain accused of processing rare earths in Malaysia — some 4,000 nautical miles from where they are mined, no less — only so that it can leave us the toxic wastes because its own country does not want them while being handsomely compensated (e.g. 12-year tax holiday) by our own government for the deed! Indeed, the distrust for Lynas has made the people to also distrust the authorities charged with protecting us from radioactive harm. They failed us re Bukit Merah; they could just fail us again — that it the fear.

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Is Lynas’ handling of radioactive wastes satisfactory?

Is Lynas’ handling of radioactive wastes satisfactory?

Say radiation and the image of contorted babies with missing or extra limbs come to mind — not a pretty picture.

Though radiation has plenty of safe practical uses as well — think x-rays, sterilisation of medical equipment, smoke detectors and even food irradiation — “radioactive exposure” connotes Fukushima horrors before all else.

Thus, it is understandable that when Australian Lynas Corp set up a rare earth refinery on our shores where it will use radioactive feedstock and generate tonnes of radioactive waste, many were alarmed and protests swiftly followed.

Today, many still find Lynas’ solution for its radioactive wastes unsatisfactory.

How dangerous are these wastes?

Based on Lynas’ its Radioactive Waste Management Plan (RWMP) submitted on 30 December 2011, every tonne of rare earth oxide it produces will be an accompanied by 13.41 tonnes of solid residues — 7.93 tonnes Neutralisation Underflow Residue (NUF), 2.63 tonnes Flue Gas Desulfurisation (FGD) and 2.85 tonnes Water Leached Purification Residue (WLP).

After the visit by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Review team in 2014, the NUF and FGD with radioactivity below 1 Bq/g were dropped from the regulatory control of Atomic Energy Licensing Board of Malaysia (AELB). They were classified as clear waste and placed under the Department of Environment’s (DOE) purview.

The worrisome residue it WLP, which has a radioactivity of 7.98 Bq/g. In 2014, an experiment to extract the radioactive Thorium from WLP conducted by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) proved to be non-viable. However, the experiment revealed that the radioactivity of WLP was much higher than that declared earlier by Lynas.

Lynas’ website says: “Our residues are not wastes – they have tremendous potential as safe commercial products”. In its RWMP, Lynas had proposed to recycle all its solid wastes into industrial by-products. It even had an impressive timeline of R&D and commercialisation over 2012-2015. Key products/applications included plaster board and cement manufacturing, road base, fertilizers, and soil remediation. In fact, Lynas had in many occasions said there would be little need for a permanent deposit facility (PDF) for its wastes as they would all be recycled!

This picture demonstrates the comparative size of LAMP’s waste to that of a full-sized adult

To date, nothing has been commercialised. Lynas still appears to be struggling to find a solution for its fast-growing solid residues. It all boils down to a single product, a soil enhancer called CondiSoil, for which it received SIRIM’s seal of approval last year.

However, the proposed mixture of 1:2:7 of WLP: NUF: FGD will leave behind large quantities of unused radioactive WLP for lack of FGD to go with it to create CondiSoil — using all the FGD to make CondiSoil would only use up 13.18% of WLP. This begs the question of what Lynas intends to do with the remaining 86.82% of its radioactive WLP? A PDF would be needed to safely store it, no?

One also can’t help but wonder if the ratio was such as to enable the WLP to be watered down to under 1 Bq/gm so that it will no longer be considered radioactive by AELB. Recycling of radioactive wastes through dilution is never allowed or practiced anywhere else in the world!

Moreover, to entrust and seek approval from SIRIM on Condisoil’s safe usage is totally misplaced. SIRIM is the body that appraises and evaluates proposed industrial standards drafted by relevant professional bodies before they become Malaysian Standards. Does the SIRIM approval mean CondiSoil would become the Malaysian Standard for recycled radioactive wastes? Would this set a precedent among other industries churning out radioactive wastes to also “mix” their radioactive wastes, give it a fancy name and pass it off as a safe recycled industrial by-product?

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