Kuala Lumpur: Himpunan Hijau will soon launch a recruitment campaign to gather hundreds of 'Green Vanguard' volunteers to blockade the Lynas Advance Material Plant (Lamp), said the movement's chairperson Wong Tack.
"Our website is ready and will be published soon. It is now undergoing testing.
"We can't be blamed for taking these measures. Our land is being occupied and the government is colluding with the corporations. There is no guarantee for the health of our future generations," he said.
Wong was speaking to reporters last night outside Dataran Merdeka, where he was spending the night after a 300-kilometre protest march from Kuantan.
He intends to wait here to meet the prime minister and voice his grievances against Lynas until 9am, but will immediately return to Kuantan to discuss the blockade plans.
He said there is already a draft plan, but details need to be finalised with his committee members before it can be made public.
"It (rare earth metal ore) has already left the port, so now is the time to seal the factory.
"Gebeng (where the factory is located) is quite isolated and far from Kuantan so safety becomes a concern.
"Therefore we are planning to fight Lynas guerrilla-style," he said, while declining to disclose what he meant by "guerrilla-style".
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He said various leaders will be leading the blockade, starting with Wong himself.
"Many leaders from Johor to Kelantan will ‘attack' in waves at different times. The plan is there, but now is not a good time to announce it," he said.
He added that among those who will be joining the blockade are Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, and Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan.
The raw materials for Lamp arrived at the plant last Thursday and production is expected to commence "over the coming days", he said.
Despite Lynas' and Atomic Energy Licensing Board's assurances on the contrary, activists fear the rare earth refinery's waste would contaminate the surrounding environment, particularly with radioactive thorium.