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Old April 4th, 2011, 06:02 AM   #1
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Pahang is the third largest state in Malaysia, after Sarawak and Sabah, occupying the huge Pahang River river basin. It is bordered to the north by Kelantan, to the west by Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, to the south by Johor and to the east by Terengganu and the South China Sea. Its state capital is Kuantan, and the royal seat is at Pekan. Other important towns include Jerantut, Kuala Lipis, Temerloh and the hill resorts of Genting Highlands, Cameron Highlands, Bukit Tinggi and Fraser's Hill. The Arabic honorific of Pahang is Darul Makmur ("Abode of Tranquility").

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The Football Association of Pahang (Malay: Persatuan Bolasepak Pahang) enters a team in Malaysian football competitions to represent the state of Pahang. The team is based in Kuantan, Pahang. They play in the top division in Malaysian football, the Malaysian Super League. Their home stadium is Darulmakmur Stadium, Kuantan, Pahang.



Ground: Darul Makmur Stadium
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Pahang guide on swiftlet industry soon
Thursday April 28, 2011
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...297&sec=nation

KUANTAN: Pahang will introduce its guidelines on the sustainable development of the swiftlet industry by the middle of the year.

State Local Government, Environment and Health Committee chairman Datuk Hoh Khai Mun said the guidelines were a combination of its rules launched in 2007 and those of the Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Ministry.

He said there was a need to make adjustments to the ministry’s guidelines due to the rapid growth of the industry in the state.

“We are getting input from industry experts and the Veterinary Services Department in drafting the guidelines,” he said on Tuesday.

Hoh said a meeting was held in February to sort out technical issues, such as enforcement work and legal action that could be taken by local authorities.

“We will call for a meeting next month to finalise the details and if things proceed as planned, the guidelines will be introduced by the middle of the year,” Hoh said.

He said although the state government realised the potential in the swiftlet industry, public health must remain top priority.
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Pulau Acheh to be developed for tourism
Tuesday May 10, 2011
http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.as...sec=southneast

KUANTAN: Pulau Acheh in Rompin will be developed as a nature-themed resort island.

To be spearheaded by Plus Asia Jaya Sdn Bhd, the 20.23ha project involves the construction of a five-star hotel and chalets as well as condominiums and a marina.

Plus Asia Jaya chief executive officer, Datuk Loi Kong Yaw, said the RM120 million project would take off in August and was scheduled for completion in two and a half years.

“We hope to start operations one year earlier,” he said after attending the launch of the tourism development project by the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah, here, recently.

Loi said the island would be developed in an environment-friendly manner, with an eye on preserving local flora and fauna.

Tioman state assemblyman Datuk Mohd Johari Hussain said Pulau Acheh, located a kilometre off the coast of Endau, Johor, would be an alternative tourist spot to Pulau Tioman.

He said the project would translate into 350 jobs for local residents. - Bernama
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BASF expands Nanjing, Kuantan capacity
Published: 2011/05/26
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BASF SE Deputy Chief Executive Officer Martin Brudermueller said the chemical industry will draw most of its growth from Asia in coming years, underscoring the role of emerging markets for the German company.

BASF, which won approval in March for a plant in Chongqing in the west of China, expects global chemical demand to expand by 1.1 trillion euros (US$1.5 trillion) until 2020, with Asia accounting for 700 billion euros of that amount, Brudermueller said in a Bloomberg TV interview in Hong Kong, where he has been based for five years.

BASF and joint venture partner China Petroleum & Chemical Corp, known as Sinopec, are expanding a flagship Asian Verbund site in Nanjing, China, where the companies will have 30 integrated factories, Brudermueller said.

The Ludwigshafen, Germany-based chemical maker is also expanding its production in Kuantan, Malaysia, he said. The company said this month it’s on course to double sales in the Asia-Pacific region by 2020, based on revenue of 9 billion euros in 2008.

“It’s exactly the right moment to emphasize how important Asia Pacific is for the growth of BASF,” Brudermueller said. “There are a lot of big investments out here, a lot of opportunities that need to be shaped. And I think it’s important to stay out here.”

The factory in Chongqing, expected to start operations in 2014, will produce diphenylmethane diisocyanate, or MDI, used in polymers for coatings and adhesives. BASF invested 860 million euros in the site, which is wholly owned by the German company, Brudermueller said. -- Bloomberg

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By Debra Chong May 10, 2011
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The site of the Lynas plant in Gebeng. — File pic

KUANTAN, May 10 — The Pahang Bar revealed today a Western Australian local council had “vigorously” opposed Lynas Corp building a rare earth refinery in its home state as the main reason for the Australian miner to ship its ore some 3,000km to Malaysia to be processed.

State Bar chief Hon Kai Ping said his team of lawyers had unearthed the minutes of the meeting of the Council of the Shire of Northam dating back to November 23, 2005 which recorded the local government “vigorously opposes the siting of a hazardous waste disposal and treatment plant at the Avon Industrial Park (in Meenar) based on the negative perceptions that the location will cause to Grass Valley, the Town of Northam and the Avon region.”

The document, Hon added, stated among other things: “The Town of Northam, along with other Councils in the Avon Valley, has been promoting the Valley as a clean and green tourism and lifestyle experience. Having a hazardous waste site on the Town’s doorstep would undo a lot of the work that has been undertaken by Council…”

“Pahang Bar is not certain but this may or may not throw some light as to why the proposal was not proceeded with despite all the convenience of distance as there is a highway running from Mount Weld, Laverton to the Town of Northam with no necessity of shipping the ore overseas,” Hon said in a statement today.

Hon observed that Lynas had hid this crucial piece of information even as unsatisfied Malaysians demand to know the logic behind the rare earth company’s expensive move.

The Pahang Bar is among the swelling tide of critics who have voiced objection to the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant being built in the Gebeng industrial zone, calling on Putrajaya to act on this new piece of information.

“The Pahang Bar in the circumstances reiterated its call that all aspects including the effects on tourism, economy, the way of life, environment,” he said.

He pointed out that Gebeng was, like Australia’s Avon region, a top tourism magnet and close to the world-renowned Cherating beach, which is part of the Club Med hotel circuit.

Hon also said Lynas failed to disclose the company had won the support of the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority as far back as 1992 to build a plant to process the Mount Weld ore in an place called Meenar, 18km east of Northam and somewhere between Laverton and Perth.

The lawyer urged the authorities to probe deeper.

He also called for the independent review panel, which will include members from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The Vienna-based agency has confirmed participation and is set to come to Malaysia at the end of this month.

Lynas has said it does not expect the review will slow the start-up of its refinery, scheduled to power up in September.

Civil groups have stepped up their protests against the plant, including marching on Parliament while in session, prompted by radiation leakages from Japan’s nuclear power plants last month following a massive earthquake and tsunami.

While the technology used in rare earths processing is different, residents and non-governmental organisations fear a similar backlash.

They are reminded of the Bukit Merah disaster in Perak nearly 20 years ago, where radioactive waste left behind by the Asian Rare Earth (ARE) plant was blamed for the area’s high cancer rate and newborns with birth defects.

Lynas’ shares have tripled in the past year as global demand for its minerals — especially those for telecommunications — boomed. Rare earth metals are key to a global switch to cleaner energy — from batteries in hybrid cars to magnets in wind turbines.

But mining and processing the metals causes environmental harm that even China, the world’s biggest producer, is no longer willing to bear.
IAEA experts to review Lynas safety aspects
Published: 2011/05/27
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KUALA LUMPUR: Nine experts, including four from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will review the safety aspects of Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd's proposal to put up a rare-earths refinery in Pahang.

The independent panel of international experts are scheduled to visit the site from May 29 to June 3.

The review encompass transport, radiation protection(occupational, public and environmental), safety assessment, waste management decommissioning and environmental remediation.

During the visit, the panel will gather feedback from the public.

"These public consultation sessions will take place in Kuantan and Putrajaya. Every effort will be made to accomodate requests for representations to the panel to be made in person," said Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

After the feedback sessions, the experts is to submit their findings and recommendations to the government by the end of June.

"The report will be made public," Mustapa told reporters in a briefing here yesterday.

Lynas' plans to build a RM700 million rare earth processing plant created a controversy following claims that it could emit radioactive rays.

Mustapa urged the public not to politicise the issue until the findings are made known.
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RM5.06bil rollout for Pahang infrastructure
By ROSLINA MOHAMAD Saturday May 28, 2011
http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.as...sec=southneast


Nice ride: A quiet and long straight road to Kuala Medang, Pahang,
from Gua Musang, Kelantan, gives a pleasant journey to visitors.


State Secretary Datuk Seri Muhammad Safian Ismail said the main road project which was already approved is the RM1.9bil central spine road linking central Pahang bordering Kelantan to Negri Sembilan.

“The 390km dual carriageway links Gua Musang (Kelantan) to Lipis, Raub, Karak, Bentong and down south to Pahang-Negri Sembilan border.

“However, the focus will be on a 276km stretch that is in Lipis, Raub and Bentong,’’ he said.

Muhammad Safian added that the project was divided into several packages and the stretch to be involved under the first rolling plan was from Kampung Kubang Rusa to Kampung Kechur in Lipis.

“It cost RM350mil for a road spanning 38km,” he added.

Another upgrading road work approved was the long and winding 183km stretch between Benta, Jerantut and Maran.

“It is a long-standing problem and has been raised many times during state assembly sittings including the recent one.

“The road is known for its sharp turns and bends,” he added.

The project, said Muhammad Safian, would also involve new alignments and land acquisition as well as replacing eight bridges.

Under the RPP, a six-kilometre road in Jerantut town RM50mil would also be implemented.

“The state was also expected to build an integrated palm oil cluster complex on a 200ha land in the Kuantan Port industrial area,” he said.

A business viability study would be carried out under the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) masterplan, Muhammad Safian said, adding, it would house palm oil downstream activities.

He also said projects that were ongoing included the RM480mil International College of Automotive by DRB-HICOM Berhad while RM300mil had been allocated for infrastructure facilities in the Tanjung Agas oil and gas and maritime industrial park.

Both projects, he added, would be implemented in Pekan.
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UN atomic experts visit Lynas plant site
Posted on May 30, 2011, Monday
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KUALA LUMPUR: A team of UN atomic energy experts began a week-long visit to Malaysia yesterday to review the safety of a proposed Australian rare earths refinery that has drawn protests.

Following public concerns that radioactive waste from the plant could leak out and harm the environment, Malaysia has put the project by Australian miner Lynas on hold, pending the independent panel’s review.

A nine-member team led by a senior official from the International Atomic Energy Agency arrived this weekend to review the plant, which is under construction near the town of Kuantan in eastern Pahang state, said an official from the International Trade Ministry.

The team is meeting Malaysian government officials before travelling to eastern Malaysia today to meet residents and inspect the construction site for three days, he said.

They are expected to present their final findings by end of June, the official said.

The Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) was scheduled to begin processing rare earths — used in high-tech products from iPods to missiles — in the third quarter of 2011.

But activists and residents say they fear radioactive waste produced by the plant would not be disposed of properly and could endanger them and the environment.

Vincent Jiam, a 40-year-old kindergarten teacher, who lives some 25 kilometres from the plant and has been campaigning against it, said he doubted the panel would give an unbiased review.

“This is a body that is pro-nuclear advancement,” he told AFP.

“It will be strange for them to be actually in favour of the people’s concerns.”

Pending the panel’s review, the government has said it will not issue a pre-operating licence to Lynas and has barred imports of raw materials from Australia to be processed at the facility.

A similar facility built by a Japanese firm in another part of Malaysia was forced to shut down in 1992 due to protests.

Lynas has insisted the plant poses no safety threats.

It has said any waste would be placed in safe, reliable engineered storage cells to avoid any leakage. — AFP
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Lynas plans next phase of Kuantan plant
2011/07/13
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MELBOURNE: Rare earths supplier, Lynas Corporation Ltd's Malaysian subsidiary, will spend up to US$210 million on the second phase of construction of the planned refinery plant in Kuantan, Pahang.

The Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported that Lynas Malaysia had signed a letter of award with Thai engineering company, Toyo-Thai Corporation, for the second phase of work on the Lynas advanced materials plant at the Gebeng Industrial Estate in Kuantan.

The letter of award is for a fixed lump-sum price of between US$180 million and US$210 million.

Subject to the receipt of approvals, construction is scheduled for completion in the last three months of 2012.

Completion of the first phase of the advanced materials plant is expected by the end of the year, AAP said.

Earlier this month Lynas shares plunged because of media reports the plant could be delayed by one to two years.

Lynas denied the reports.

The company mines 15 metallic elements which are used in electronics, computers and many green electrical products.

The plant in Malaysia is being built to process ore concentrate from Lynas's rare earths deposit at Mount Weld in Western Australia. -- BERNAMA
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Crime rate down in Pahang
Tuesday July 19, 2011
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KUANTAN: There has been a significant reduction in the crime rate in Pahang this year after the police launched its community policing efforts in the state.

State police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Sharifuddin Ab Ghani said the initiative had helped to foster closer cooperation between the public and the police.

“The public are now more alert to crime incidents and they realise that they can play an important role in helping the police to carry out their duties.

“The people have welcomed the presence of more policemen patrolling at many public areas, including housing estates,” he said after launching a community policing tour at the state police headquarters here yesterday.

DCP Sharifuddin also said he was happy to see more people extending their help and working together with the police to combat crime.
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Polyplastic invests RM600m more in Gebeng
Gebeng is a small town and main industrial area in Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia. The town is located near Kuantan Port.
By M. Hamzah Jamaludin Published: 2011/08/04
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Kuantan: Polyplastics Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd will invest another RM600 million to expand its plant in Gebeng to quadruple the production of its engineering plastic resins.

The company's plant in Gebeng industrial estate near Kuantan produces 33,000 tonnes of the "DURACON" polyoxymethylene annually. The product is mainly used in the automotive industry in Asean, China and India.

Polyplastics Asia Pacific is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polyplastics Co Ltd of Japan, which had invested RM500 million to open the plant in Gebeng in 2000.

To date, Polyplastics Co has four production bases for polyoxymethylene in Fuji (Japan), Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Nantong (China) and Kuantan, with the combined capacity to produce 200,000 tonnes annually.

The expanded plant in Gebeng will have an annual capacity of 120,000 tonnes, making it the largest polyoxymethylene producer within the group.

It will also help the group increase its total annual production to 290,000 tonnes, which is about one third of the world's demand.

Polyplastics Co executive director Yasutoshi Segizawa said the expansion works would begin next year and the new facility is scheduled to operate in 2014.

"Our plant will use the latest technology to produce low-emission grade product," he told reporters after making a courtesy call on Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob at Yayasan Pahang's headquarters yesterday.

Segizawa said the Gebeng plant currently has 250 staff and it would employ another 80 skilled workers.

Meanwhile, Adnan said the additional investment showed that Pahang is an excellent investment destination for foreign companies.

"There are many more investments to come (to Pahang) and all these show that the investors are confident with the government and the political stability in the state," he said.

Adnan later received a courtesy call from WR Grace and Co vice-president Gregory E. Poling.

WR Grace and Co, a global company specialising in chemicals and materials, has agreed to invest another RM23 million at its manufacturing facility in Gebeng, which is operated by subsidiary W.R. Grace Specialty Chemicals (M) Sdn Bhd.
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Integrated algae valley to be set up in Rompin
Published: 2011/09/19
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Integrated Algae Valley (MIAV) will be established on a 2,000ha site owned by Pahang Biodiesel Corp Sdn Bhd (PBC) in Rompin, Pahang.

The signing of a memorandum of agreement between PBC and Algaetech International Sdn Bhd today will pave the way for the establishment of the algae valley.

"PBC has appointed Algaetech International as its technology provider, and the turnkey collaborator in the MIAV," Algaetech International said in a statement.

Algaetech, which has its headquarters at Technology Park Malaysia in Bukit Jalil, is involved in the development and commercialisation of algae for the energy, clear technology and nutraceutical industries.
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UDA, Pasdec ink MoU to develop 60ha land in Bukit Tinggi
Published: Friday September 30, 2011 MYT 1:31:00 PM
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KUALA LUMPUR: UDA Holdings Bhd and Pasdec Corp Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PASDEC Holdings Bhd, today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly undertake a commercial development on a 60ha area in Bukit Tinggi, Bentong, Pahang.

UDA Holdings chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said through this collaboration the land will be developed on a commercial scale.

However, the form of development is still in the study stage, he said.

"We have an idea on what to do, the project may not be full commercial in the short-term, (but) there's potential, the timing is right and the land can be developed.

"Even if the project doesn't develop commercial value with the fast payback, we may look into building something like a training centre," he told reporters after the MoU signing here today.

Nur Jazlan said the company will disclose the project details in coming months.

He said it was their desire to share expertise, experience and information as well as contribute to the socio-economic improvement of the local population when the project was implemented.

"This cooperation is deemed as a prelude for a joint venture between UDA and PASDEC and hopefully after this, UDA will be given the trust to be directly involved in other development projects in Pahang," he said.

Asked on the value of the 60-hectare land, PASDEC chairman Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, who is also Pahang Menteri Besar, said the land costs about RM45 million previously but "I don't know the current value." - BERNAMA
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Lynas installs RM1.5mil air quality monitoring system
By ROSLINA MOHAMAD Saturday November 19, 2011
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KUANTAN: Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd has installed an Airborne Monitoring System (AMS) at its site in Gebeng while a second unit will be placed in Kuantan town next month.

Its managing director Datuk Mashal Ahmad said the units, which would provide updates on air quality every 10 minutes, cost RM1.5mil and were operated by the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB).

“With the AMS, people will know that whatever radiation emitted is very low, negligible and harmless to humans and the environment.

“The readings are also accessible online,” he said during a briefing on the rare earth plant's progress here yesterday.

Also present were general manager (plant) Khairul Salleh Jais, engineering services senior manager Wee Tait Eng and Lynas Malaysia's radiological safety adviser Prof Dr Ismail Bahari.

Mashal also commented on the 11 recommendations imposed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) review team, including three that need to be fulfilled before the pre-operation licence, which is for a two-year period before actual production could begin.

“We have given all the facts and data, and a permit to operate will make it possible to prove that the statistics are right,” he said, adding that the plant would be completed in January.

Mashal also denied that Lynas would start shipping rare earth from Australia.

He added that an empty container was brought in to map out the logistics involved.

On the ongoing protests against the plant, Mashal said Lynas welcomed any form of dialogue.

“They need to understand the processes involved and listen to the right people with the right expertise.

“Also, they must not impose conditions such as bringing along their lawyers or wanting to take photos and video recordings in the plant,” he added.
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Published: 2011/11/30
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Lynas Corp, an Australian rare earths developer, said it’s near to completing its Malaysian refinery and will be ready to receive concentrate in the first quarter of 2012, pending regulatory approvals.

“We are in the final stages of the regulatory approvals process in Malaysia,” Nicholas Curtis, chairman of the Sydney- based company said today in a statement. “We have submitted all the requested documentation and the Malaysian Atomic Energy Licensing Board is now reviewing those documents ahead of making a decision.”

Malaysia imposed tighter environmental safety standards on the proposed plant in June following protests by local residents concerned about radiation.

Once in production, the plant will provide an alternative source of rare earths to China, which currently produces more than 90 per cent of global supply of the 17 chemically similar elements used in magnets, hybrid cars and iPods. China has restricted rare-earth mining and cut exports to conserve resources and protect the environment. -- Bloomberg
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