Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Jaafar has said that Bauxite mining companies must fulfil specific criteria before a moratorium can be lifted.
"It's like the government is playing football with these companies. We kicked the ball to them and gave them a list of SOPs already, such as for stockpiling and transport bauxite.
"They must satisfy the rules first, then we talk. If we allow them to resume mining without meeting those rules, then the people will be affected, and then they will complain to us," Wan Junaidi told a press conference this week.
The moratorium on Bauxite mining in Kuantan was in place for three months due to the negative impacts on the environment and the people in the local community.
The ban was extended for a further three months in March following a failure to meet government approved conditions, with a further extension added the following month.
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