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Lynas Issue by Dr.HW Looi >>>

I withdraw my support for Lynas after it taking legal action against FMT and Anti-Lynas Commitee

Note: No reply in Malaysiakini’s comment column because I had terminated my MKini subscription some time ago. The ring is here, not elsewhere.

This does not mean I agree with radioactive argument used by Anti-Lynas NGOs.

As an individual sued by Petronas several years ago and know exactly the pains of being bullied by those cash rich companies, I therefore to withdraw my support for Lynas and will remain neutral in this Lynas issue from today onwards.

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Dear NK Khoo,

I have decided to join you and withdraw my support for Lynas because I have found out that those people at Lynas are not all that nice and in fact they are rather hostile and this together with the hostility of certain component party of the government makes me feel that it is an exercise of futility to try and support the Lynas company.

Thanking you,

Warmest regards,

And God bless you.

Dato’ Dr Looi

Lynas Issue by Dr.HW Looi >>>

Potassium-40 in banana is more radioactive than Lynas rare earth by-product

These are scientific radioactive facts purposely ignored by anti-Lynas group.

Fact 1: Lynas radioactive residue contain a very low level of radiation at 6 Bq/G.

Fact 2: Banana with natural potassium level of radiation is about 31 Bq/g. [15 Bq for a banana or 0.2Bq/G]

G is for the weight of substance in gram, g is for the weight for natural radioactive material in gram.  [Revised on 5/3/2012, 7.11PM.]

I eats radioactive bananas every week, so what?

Actually, we adult human body contains 250g of potassium and 0.012% is the radioactive beta emitter potassium-40 (half-life 1.3 x 109 yr). Therefore, the activity of potassium-40 in the body is 7600 Bq. Its radioactivity is 500 times stronger than a banana and equivalent to 1.3 Kg Water Leach Purification (WLP) residue from Lynas.

Should we commit suicide for having a small quantity of radioactive substance in our body?

Mind you, Potassium-40 is 62 times more radioactive than Thorium-232. Beta particle in Potassium-40 is more energized than alpha particle from Thorium-232 and it can penetrate through our skin.

Unless you are living in the wooden house, the cements used in your house also has the natural radioactivity from Th-232, Ra-226 and K-40, certain cement has more radioactive doses than Lynas waste.

I have no problem to use Lynas waste to build my house since the cement we used now also has the same level of natural radioactivity if anti-Lynas supporters are willing to pay for the construction cost.

Any taker for my appeal? I am becoming a guinea pig to prove my point is right.

The keyword here is the dose of alpha and beta radioactive particles from Thorium-232 and Potassium-40 are too small and distributed evenly in the huge population for both cases.

A reader points out (the accuracy is subject to expert review)

A miner for Potassium chloride (16.4 Bq/G) would only need to be near the big pile of mine for about 7 hours to exceed the public dose limit of 1 mSv.

This exposure level is same dose of radiation as working 6 months in LAMP or living 500 years near it.

The message here is more radioactive substance is freely sold in the shop and used as a fertilizer for food source like paddy.

http://energyfromthorium.com/tech/physics/activity1/

Don’t let PR politicians and half-cooked environmentalists misleading you for their political agenda. I am anti-BN does not mean I blindly support wrong thing from PR.

Intentionally deleted to avoid confusion on substance and radioactive weights after revision.

I have read and seen a lot of myths from Anti-Lynas activists like

1. Australian government has rejected Lynas rare earth plant in Australia.

Answer: Not true.

2. Lynas choosen Malaysia, not Australia because of hazardous waste disposal issue.

Answer: A half true.

All foreign investors like poor waste management policy in Malaysia for cost saving reason.

My support to Lynas always come with one condition, proper waste management audited by an independent expert panel.

3. Gebeng rare earth processing plant is same with Bukit Merah rare earth.

Answer: Not true.

Rare earth compound composition is varied and in different grade, the radioactive from waste in Bukit Merah is 50 times stronger than Gebeng waste.

4. Lynas plant is the same and as dangerous as nuclear plant in Fukushima.

Answer: A big lie.

Lynas plant is just another mining extraction factory from the rare earth with various toxic chemical processes like in the wafer and solar cell factories in Kedah, Sarawak, Penang , Melaka, etc.

5. All radioactive materials are deadly as Uranium used in the nuclear reactor.

Answer: Not true.

Thorium-232 does not produce dangerous gamma rays, which have high ionising energy, high frequency and short electromagnetic wavelength. So thorium radioactive material will not travel more than a few centimeters in the air and cannot penetrate into your skin like X-ray.

Thorium-232 with a half-life span 14000000000 year means destructive beta and gamma radiations are negligible compared to low energy alpha particles.

6. Thorium can dissolve into rainwater.

Answer: Not true.

Thorium is insoluble in water and the risk of going into food chain is minimal.

7. Environmental pollution in China is due to rare earth plants.

Answer: Not true.

All sort of factories, vehicles and coal-powered plants are main sources of pollution in China due to lack of enforcement on waste management.

8. Thorium can cause cancer.

Answer: True.

Thorium can cause cancer if you eat or inhale it into your body. But, there are more than 1000 types of chemical toxic particulates in the smoke from the cigarette can cause cancer also.

Which source is closer to you and would cause cancer risk to you?

9. Our stadium can collapse, how we trust our government to oversee Lynas waste storage facility?

Answer: Several space shuttles, bridges and dams in America did collapse and kill hundred of people. By this weired logic from green activists and PR politicians, American government should stop carry out any public project.

10.  10,000-20,000 protesters in a rally is “suara rakyat” must be listened and followed by a government.

Answer: Yes, every Malaysian has the right to express opinion openly. Whether a rally is representing the majority Malaysian is still unknown and uncertain for its non-random sampling and biasness.

Opinion is not fact, and those taking opinion as fact is disastrous to human civilization. The collective opinion of 28 million Malaysians cannot change this fact, “no object can travel faster than light speed”.

Please get the experts to study rebuttals from Lynas about anti-Lynas myths before you want to argue with me.

https://www.facebook.com/lynasmalaysia?sk=app_165496300219838

The major natural source of radioactivity in plant tissue is potassium, which in nature contains 0.0117% of the unstable isotope potassium-40 (40K). This isotope decays with a half-life of about 1.25 billion years (4×1016 seconds), and therefore the activity of natural potassium is about 31 Bq/g — meaning that, in one gram of the element, about 31 atoms will decay per second.[2][3] Plants naturally contain other radioactive isotopes, such as carbon-14 (14C), but their contribution to the total activity is much smaller.[citation needed] Since a typical banana contains about half a gram of potassium,[4] it will have an activity of roughly 15 Bq. (Although small in environmental and medical terms, the radioactivity of a few bananas is sufficient to trigger radiation sensors used to detect possible smuggling of nuclear material at U.S. ports.[5])

[Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_equivalent_dose]

Lynas Issue by Dr.HW Looi >>>

Lynas is a political issue orchestrated by DAP

wong tack is DAP man

All environment issues against Lynas raised by Wong Tack are proven false and unsubstantiated by any technical evidence.

The only valid argument is no permanent waste disposal facility, others are political lies.

I have gathered all kind of lies spread by Wong Tack and his DAP gang, http://www.nkkhoo.com/category/green-environment-nature-fauna-flora/lynas-issue-by-dr-hw-looi/

The only hope for Himpunan Hijau is kept lying through the Chinese newspapers to cheat Chinese-educated Chinese.

When a community loses its thinking ability and follow blindly the propaganda from any political party is bad to Malaysia.

Malay community is cheated by UMNO, Indian community is cheated by MIC and Chinese community is cheated by DAP. Malaysia is torn apart by these political parties spreading lies to each community.

Lynas Issue by Dr.HW Looi >>>

Prove NST is twisiting Wong Tack's press statement.

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I assume NST is reporting accurately for Wang’s press statement. He is dancing with Anwar’s tone on Lynas issue which I approve it’s a reasonable and logical statement.

His radioactive phobia supporters should be very disappointed for his softening stance against Lynas after being fooled by him for many years.

Wang Tack admitted he was a member for DAP since 2011. Green Himpunan under Wang Tack is a political motivated campaign should not be disputed after the truth is finally revealed. He is a DAP’s mole inserted into the Green Movement.

Green Himpunan Committee already urged him to resign from the chairman post.

Take my word, neither PR or BN will dare to shut down Lynas plant in Kuantan unless they want to offend America and other Western nations who are relying on Lynas for rare metals supply for their military industry.

Malaysia Kini reported the same story.

Himpunan Hijau chairman says Lynas can proceed if safe for public
By ADRIAN LAI AND CARISMA KAPOOR

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP-alligned activist Wong Tack has made an about-turn on his opposition towards the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) project in Gebeng, Pahang.

In a press conference at DAP’s headquarters yesterday, Wong said he agreed with the statement by opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that the plant would be allowed to operate should a new public inquiry prove it to be safe.

“If there is a transparent process, then any industrial company, including Lynas Corp, can come into the country.

“It is up to Lynas to prove why it should not be closed down,” he told reporters.

Wong Tack stressed that if the Lynas plant complied with all the safety procedures and was proven to be one hundred per cent safe to the public, he had no problems with it operating.

Wong Tack, who is the chairman of anti-Lynas group Himpunan Hijau, claimed that Lynas Corp had come into the country through the” backdoor” and obtained a temporary operating license where many violations had occurred.

“If Lynas can invest in the country and bring about positive economic development through the front door, then why not?” he asked.

Continue reading >> Prove NST is twisiting Wong Tack’s press statement.

Lynas Issue by Dr.HW Looi >>>

Please prove Dr. Looi is a liar on Lynas wastes are not the wastes

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LYNAS MUST REMOVE ALL WASTE FROM MALAYSIA, SAY 4 CABINET MINISTERS.

Comment:

It does not make any sense to say that the waste must be exported… BECAUSE THERE IS NO WASTE !

HOW DO YOU EXPECT LYNAS TO EXPORT “NOTHING” FROM THE COUNTRY?

IT SOUNDS SILLY TO DEMAND THAT A RESPECTABLE INTERNATIONAL COMPANY (JUST TO MASSAGE THE INFLATED EGO OF THE ANTI-LYNAS IGNORAMUS), SHOULD EXPORT “NOTHING”.

AND I WONDER WHO IN THIS WORLD WOULD LIKE TO IMPORT OUR “NOTHING”.

A “waste” is by definition something that is unwanted and needs to be removed as a rubbish.

The residue from the Lynas operation is not unwanted for it can be easily converted into the 3 types of useful, profitable gypsum products.

The operation of the plant will result in the generation of three major residue streams, namely the

1. WLP .. Water Leach Purification Residue (WLP) from the cracking and separation process,

2. FGD .. the Flue Gas Desulphurisation Residue (FGD) from the waste gas treatment system (scrubber) and the

3. NUF .. Neutralisation Underflow Solids from the wastewater treatment process (NUF).

ORE FOR LYNAS PLANT ~ 1,600 ppm (parts per million)

TWO MOST VOLUMINOUS LYNAS “WASTE” = 12 ppm

3rd RESIDUE STREAM = 1,500 ppm of Thorium

AVERAGE MALAYSIAN SOIL = 20 ppm OF THORIUM

The first two are classified as non-radioactive as its radioactivity is only half that of Malaysian soil and is much much less radioactive than the SAND THAT YOUR CHILDREN PLAY WITH in our beaches.

Lynas will recycle them as synthetic gypsum for plaster board, magnesium rich synthetic gypsum as fertilizer and synthetic aggregate as clinker for road and other construction projects.

Gypsum is nothing more than just hydrated Calcium Sulphate (CaSO4.2(H2O) and comes probably from the neutralization of SO2 and Sulphuric acid vapour by our own Limestone (CaCO3) or Calcium Oxide in the scrubber.

The 3 types of Gypsum products are:

1. Iron Phospho Gypsum from the WLP with a very low NORM and radioactivity and after dilution according to international standard, can be used as clinker for road and in the construction industry.

2. Synthetic Gypsum with a radioactivity only 1/2 of Malaysian Soil.

3. Magnesium Rich Gypsum also with a radioactivity only 1/2 of Malaysian Soil and is a valuable fertilizer.

SO THE MAJOR PART OF THE RECYCLED RESIDUE PRODUCT ACTUALLY CONSISTS OF THE CALCIUM, SULPHATE AND WATER WHICH WERE BORN AND BRED IN MALAYSIA FOR BILLIONS OF YEARS.

THE MAJOR PART OF THE SO-CALLED RECYCLED “WASTE” IS ACTUALLY NATIVE TO MALAYSIA AND IN FACT HAS MORE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN MALAYSIA THAN THE ANTI-LYNAS NINCOMPOOPS !

The global market for synthetic gypsum is approximately 150 million tonnes per annum.

At the current rates of production, supplies of synthetic gypsum co-products are beginning to outstrip natural gypsum, thus providing valuable new alternative materials and preserving the planet’s natural resources.

If we insist that these valuable by-products are not allowed to be used locally and must be exported even though they are much less radioactive than our soil, then our sanity and intelligence will be questionable AND MAKE OURSELVES THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE WORLD.

THE BIGGEST POTENTIAL BUYER OF THESE PRODUCTS WILL BE COUNTRIES LIKE SINGAPORE WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE “kiasu” BUT HAS AN INTACT BRAIN, WHILE PEOPLE IN MALAYSIA ARE NOT “KIASU” BUT HAS NO GUTS AND “KIASI”.

IT IS RATHER IRONIC THAT WE REFUSED TO SELL TO SINGAPORE SAND WHICH IS A CARCINOGEN AND HAS TWICE THE RADIOACTIVITY OF THE GYPSUM PRODUCTS and yet we want to send the gypsum products to them cheap!

DON’T YOU THINK THAT WE LOOK STUPID !

Dato’ Dr Looi Hoong Wah
FAMM, MB., ChB(Manchester), MRCS(England), MRCP(UK) MRCP(London)
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