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Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas! took the fight to the heart of the issue. And there we were when 12 of us took a jet plane to Sydney & paid Lynas a visit. This privately funded trip was made possible by some kind donors in the Kuantan community. As businesses were affected and residents considering to leave their beloved hometown if Lynas Corporation is given the green light to operate their rare earth plant, many stepped forward & encouraged Save Malaysia to send a team to Australia to rally up enough support & to create awareness among the Aussies in regards to this issue. Many locals there were ignorant about Lynas' intentions & many still did not know the adverse effects of the rare earth industry.
Save Malaysia embarked on a productive trip & got right down to work on a packed schedule in Sydney & Canberra. We met up with Amnesty International folks & other NGOs on the first day, picketed infront of Lynas' Headquarters on the second day, met members of the Australian Parliament on the third & held a talk with the local university students on the fifth. The sixth day was a bonus as we consolidated with the Bersih 2.0 rally in Sydney & were given a platform to raise our issue by the organizers.
All said & done, Save Malaysia will reiterate that our goal to stop Lynas will be long & winding road & many battles ahead are expected, but what we are confident now is that we have made new comrades in Australia & they are ready to take up virtual arms with us to Save Malaysia & Stop Lynas!