Malaysia Extends Ban on Bauxite Mining in Pahang

8 Apr 2016 by OOSKAnews Correspondent

The Malaysian government has extended a ban on bauxite mining in Pahang state for another three months, in order to clear stockpiles and remove the risk of contamination of the country's rivers, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said on April 8th.The government had issued an initial three-month mining moratorium on January 15th, due to concerns about environmental damage and inadequate regulation of the bauxite industry.At the same time, Pahang began a crackdown on corruption in the mining industry. Four government officials were detained on suspicion of taking bribes from unlicensed bauxite miners who wanted to avoid penalties for environmental violations...

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