MCA suspends Pahang youth leader over anti-Lynas stand

By Ida Lim
May 16, 2012

People protest against the Lynas Advance Materials Plant near Gebeng, in Kuantan. — Reuters picPeople protest against the Lynas Advance Materials Plant near Gebeng, in Kuantan. — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, May 16 — The MCA disciplinary board has suspended Indera Mahkota Youth chief David Choi for three years over his open criticism of the Lynas rare earth refinery, Sin Chew Daily reported today.

The disciplinary board hauled Choi up for his deviation from the official party stand on the Lynas rare earth plant issue.

At the hearing, Choi was also asked to explain other complaints against him for breaching disciplinary rules, including repeatedly harming the reputation of MCA Indera Mahkota division chief Pang Tsu Ming.

“Although it has been decided that his membership has been suspended for three years, he can still appeal,” disciplinary board chairman Tan Sri Michael Chen told the newspaper.

When contacted by the newspaper, Choi said that he has not received news of his suspension.

MCA Pahang chief Datuk Ho Khai Mun was similarly in the dark when contacted by Sin Chew to clarify.

“This should be a decision from the central leadership, how can I know? There are no official documents, so I can’t give a response” Ho said.

However, he confirmed that Choi had been asked to appear before the board over his criticisms of the party.

Indera Mahkota is located within Kuantan, Pahang, where the controversial Lynas rare earth plant is situated.

Lynas has faced fierce protests over the past year from local residents and opposition politicians who are fighting the refinery for fear of radiation and environmental pollution, despite the company insisting it has met and exceeded local as well as international safety standards.