'If pollution continues, mining will stop' in Kuantan Port

'If pollution continues, mining will stop' in Kuantan Port

RAUB - The state government will stop iron ore and bauxite mining activities if there is no solution to the complaints about pollution from residents and road users around Kuantan Port, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.

He said he had ordered a huge clean-up in the affected areas, besides asking the operators to relocate their stockpiles from the port to a more suitable site.

Despite this, he said the areas were still polluted by red dirt from the lorries.

"We also received complaints from tourists from China who arrived in a cargo-cruise ship (on Thursday).

"If there is no end to this pro­blem, we will close their operations as a last resort," he told reporters after presenting land titles to 179 settlers from Felda Krau 1 here yesterday.

Also present at the event were state exco member Datuk Seri Shahiruddin Ab Moin and acting Felda director-general Datuk Hanapi Suhada.

Adnan said there was a need for the operators to use special lorries to ensure there would be no pollution while the mineral stockpiles should be kept in covered places.

Although economic returns were important, he said the Government must also place priority on the people's health and the tourism sector.

On Felda, Adnan said he had often advised settlers not to sell their land after getting the ownership documents.

To date, he said 36,368 of 43,124 Felda settlers in Pahang had received their land titles.

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