Channel News Asia reported that Malaysia has extended its ban on bauxite mining due to concerns over hazardous dust and pollution.
As quoted in the press release:
The government in mid-January had initially implemented a three-month ban on bauxite mining in the rural state of Pahang over concerns about hazardous dust and pollution.
“It is important for us to safeguard the environment,” Environment Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar was quoted as saying by state news agency Bernama.
The additional three months will provide time to clear the more than 3.5 million tonnes of stockpiles, local media said.
AFP reported on the modern day gold rush of bauxite mining in Pahang and its impact on residents and the environment weeks before authorities announced the January ban.