Udara di Kg. Bukit Koman tercemar setelah penggunaan cyanide dalam perlombongan emas dimulakan pada Feb 2009. Penduduk menghadapi pelbagai masalah kesihatan tapi suara penduduk tidak kedengaran. Kami mahukan tempat tinggal yang selamat!
Raub Australian Gold Mining (RAGM) Sdn Bhd has issued legal notices
to two leaders of the Bukit Koman Anti-Cyanide Committee over what it
claims to be defamatory remarks made against the company.
Committee vice-chairperson Hue Shieh Lee told Malaysiakini yesterday that she and committee chairperson Wong Kim Hong () had received legal notices from the gold mining company.
According to Hue (right), the notices dated Nov 16 were sent to their home addresses at Bukit Koman New Village in Raub, Pahang.
In the notice received by Hue, RAGM, citing news reports and video
clips, states that her claims made in interviews and press conferences
held this year were not supported by either independent medical reports
or reports provided by government agencies.
The notice says her
statements do not reflect the truth and have had an adverse impact on
the share price of the parent company on the AIM London Stock Exchange.
also states that her allegations had constituted to grave and serious
libel against the company in the conduct of its trade and business.
RAGM therefore demanded that Hue retracts her defamatory statements
within 48 hours of the receipt of the letter, failing which legal
actions would be taken against her.
It also demanded that Hue
issues unequivocal apologies to be published in newspapers and online
publications of RAGM's choosing.
'If they want to sue us, go ahead'
However, Hue said she would not apologise and stressed that what she
and Wong had asserted at various interviews and press conferences were
"We are not going to apologise. If they want to sue us, go ahead," she said.
who currently works and lives with her family in Kuala Lumpur, said she
obtained the letter on Tuesday, from her neighbour when she went back
to Bukit Koman.
She said the letter was accepted by her neighbour last month, since there was no one at her Bukit Koman home.
Since the 48-hour ultimatum has lapsed, Hue said, she would likely be facing a legal suit initiated by RAGM.
"We will wait and see what action they will take," she added.
When contacted yesterday, RAGM chairperson and chief executive officer
Andrew Kam Tai Yeow said he would comment on the matter later.
The company has also filed defamation suits against online news portals Malaysiakini and Free Malaysia Today.
Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan has vowedto fight the lawsuit.
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.