KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 2): The Pahang State government will be the one to decide on whether to lift the state bauxite mining moratorium in the future, Minister of Water, Land and Natural Resources Dr A. Xavier Jayakumar said.
Speaking to reporters at Parliament lobby today, Xavier said he will hold meetings with bauxite miners, state assembly representatives and Pahang members of Parliament to explain the current bauxite mining situation in the state.
"The moratorium for bauxite is till December. I have asked for another meeting with state authorities, the chief minister and his team, to discuss about the future of bauxite mining in Pahang.
"Whether they are interested in pursuing that or don't want bauxite mining in Pahang, it is up to the state, because they are the one that gives the mining permit. This is a state matter. These meetings will be held in the next two weeks," he added.