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Bauxite: 43,278 Lorries Inspected, 1,134 Confiscated

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KUANTAN – A total of 43,278 bauxite lorries were inspected in the integrated operation mounted by the Pahang government between April 2 and May 23.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said of the total, 1,134 lorries were confiscated and compound fines amounting to RM2.1 million were issued to bauxite mining operators and contractors.

He said the state government had taken various initiatives to solve the various problems caused by these bauxite lorries, especially air and environmental pollutions.

“Among the initiatives is by instructing all relevant agencies, such as the Road Transport Department (RTD), Rela, police, Land and Mineral Office and the Department of Environment to carry out around-the-clock law enforcement on these bauxite-carrying lorries.

“We have also instructed the RTD not to renew the roadtax of lorries owned by mining operators found to have failed to pay their compound fines,” he said when winding up the debate on the motion of thanks for the royal address at the State Assembly sitting here today.

Adnan said a new regulation would also be imposed on those bauxite mining operators to ensure that the mess and air pollution caused by the lorries would not become rampant.

“We will ask them to pay a deposit of RM300,000 and if they violate the regulation, we will take the deposit and maybe we can use it (to resolve the bauxite-related issues),” he added.

The sitting continues tomorrow. – BERNAMA

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