Sunday August 5, 2012
Ministry to continue health checks in Bukit Koman
KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry will continue to monitor the health of the residents of Bukit Koman, Raub, Pahang, although there has been no proof that cyanide from the gold mine in the area has caused illness among folk there.
Deputy Director-General of Health Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim Sulaiman said the ministry, which has been carrying out preliminary health surveys in the area since August 2009 and the latest last June, found the presence of illness among residents to be within the normal range.
“Last July 12, a dialogue was held between the ministry and the Raub Anti-Cyanide Group (ACG), in which it was agreed that a joint research team be established,” he said yesterday.
The meeting was attended by ACG vice-chairman Sherly Hue.
ACG handed a memorandum to Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai last June to stop the usage of cyanide in the gold mining operation in Raub, and stated that 78% of residents living in Bukit Koman had suffered symptoms allegedly after the use of cyanide in the nearby goldmine. — Bernama