Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Chronology of the Ban Cyanide In Gold Mining Movement

  • 13 Jan 1997, without the resident’s knowledge, Department of Environment (DOE) approved the preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment (PEIA) submitted by the Raub Australian Gold Mine (RAGM).
  • 4th Dec 2006, residents learned about the use of the hazardous Cyanide in the nearby gold mine and form the “Bukit Koman Action Committee Against the Use of Cyanide in Mining of Gold”
  • Throughout 2007, written memoranda to various organizational representatives and assembly persons to seek assistance and clarification, but fail in turn.
  • July 2007, committee seek technical and legal aids from Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM)
  • October 2007, after various efforts and attempts, the resident received the PEIA finally and appointed experts to review the documents
  • Feb 2008, Cyanide mining expert from US, Dr. Glenn C. Miller visited Bukit Koman, Raub. 29 May 2008, Dr. Glenn C. Miller released an expert report which stated that RAGM failed to comply to the following: 1) Provide sufficient and significant information about the detoxification (destruction) of Cyanide, as well as the hazardous waste and gas emission. 2) Address the health concern of the residents as well as informing them about the hazards of the chemical used and the emergency plan. 3) Compliance with international standards.
  • 21st March 2008, the committee apply for judicial review on the report,1) To challenge the decision of the Depart­ment of Environment Director-General (D-G) in approving a preliminary environmental impact assessment (EIA) report involving a mining project which uses sodium cyanide to extract gold. 2) To request for a Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA) from RAGM
  • Feb 2009, RAGM started its Carbon In Leach (CIL) operation plant that used thousands tones of toxic and hazardous chemicals including NaCN, HCl and etc.
  • Within a month after the Raub Australian Gold Mine (RAGM) start its operation, more than 300 residents from nearby villages were medically reported to be suffering from illnesses including: skin rashes, red and watery eyes, throat irritation, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, dizziness and others signs and symptoms of health problem.
  • Starting from 2009, residents bought a few units of Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) and Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN) air quality monitoring devices, the results showed significant higher readings to what have been reported by the Department of Environment. The residents were exposed to the hazardous air borne pollutants such as sulphur dioxide and hydrogen cyanide.
  • April 2009, the residents created a blog entitled http://bancyanide.blogspot.com to inform the public about the predicament faced by the residents of Bukit Koman, Raub.
  • 1st June 2009, the High Court rejected the judicial review on the following grounds: 1) Public can only challenge the PEIA within 40 days after the approval. 2) The Department of Environmental has no right to request a DEIA from the Raub Australian Gold Mine (RAGM).
  • The residents appealed the case within a week. Few months later, RAGM appealed to court requested the prosecutor to pay the legal fee. The High Court judge had earlier ruled that the case involved public interest and had waived the court fee.
  • On 23 June 2009, the residents submitted the memorandum to Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (received by Deputy Minister of Prime Minister Department) in the Parliament.
  • July 2009, thousands of residents staged a peaceful protest and demonstration in the village.
  • October 2009, the residents organized a dinner and briefing session. However, the residents were stopped by the police from wearing green T-shirts with the word “Cyanide” printed on them.
  • 13 Jan 2010, the residents met with Department of Environmental (DOE) and sent in their demands. The meeting did not arrive at any conclusive decision.
  • 3rd August 2011, Court of Appeal upheld the High Court decision in holding that the residents were out of time in seeking leave to judicial review (the decision). Though the court fee was waived, the reason given was not acceptable to the residents.
  • 7th August 2011, the residents decided to appeal the case to Federal Court
  • 11 Jan 2012, a three-man Federal Court panel chaired by Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum allow the residents' application for leave to appeal against a High Court's refusal to grant them permission to commence a judicial review. Hearing is expected on 10 July 2012. The date has now been postponed to September 6th, 2012.
  • 19-20 May 2012, the Committee initiated a health survey of the residents living in Bukit koman and the Raub area. Up to 78% responded that they are facing various health issues, including 50% of the residents suffering from skin diseases and eye irritation. Another 40% of the respondents had coughing. The results are exceptional higher than most of the communities.

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Kami adalah penduduk yang dilahirkan dan dibesarkan di Bukit Koman, Raub. Sememangnya, kami seharusnya dapat menikmati rahmat yang ditakdirkan, iaitu tinggal dengan aman. Namun, ketenteraman dan kesihatan penduduk tergugat apabila apabila lombong emas yang bersebelahan dengan rumah kediaman kami mengguna Sodium Cyanide dalam perlombongan. Ratusan penduduk mengadu tentang masalah kesihatan dalam tempoh 1 bulan selepas lombong emas mula beroperasi pada Febuari 2009. Kami tidak dapat lagi bertoleransi dengan ancaman ini. Untuk menjamin keselamatan ahli keluarga tersayang dan masa depan generasi kami yang akan datang, kami sanggup melakukan apa sahaja demi mempertahankan keamanan dan keselamatan kampung halaman kami. 我们是在劳勿武吉公满土生土长数十年的普通居民。本已到了知天命之年,奈何眼见挚爱的家园因为山埃的入侵,面临沦为“毒村”的致命威胁,我们决定站出来,抗战到底!为了我们爱惜的家人,为了我们的下一代,背水一战,决不妥协! Email:bancyanide@Gmail.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BanCyanideInGoldMining