Politicising of issues, whether rightly or wrongly, seems to be the order of the day nowadays.
Worse still when we hear of certain so called action group, purportedly raising issues of concern, but were later found to have been infiltrated by political parties bent on gaining mileage.
In their cleverly orchestrated move, these political parties portray themselves to be so concerned with the welfare of the people, when their ultimate agenda is to fish for votes, nothing less.
They then come into the picture and hijack the whole issue by spinning lies and distortions and creating fears and doubts on the people.
That way they drum up more support and could magnify the issue into greater proportions to create the impact, again for their own gain.
We have seen clear cases such as the Bersih movement being hijacked by political parties and their initial objective derailed.
We see the peaceful demonstrations turning chaotic when mobsters take to the streets to create chaos.
The Lynas Corporation rare earth plant in Kuantan is another example of hijacking by the Opposition and made into a political issue.
Experts have come up with scientific explanation that it is not harmful but some NGOs still say it is. And who is behind those NGOs. No prizes for getting it right.
Issues have been so distorted to the extent that now we are rather confused and sometimes do not know who is speaking the truth, or are they half truth or utter lies.
Take for instance the anxiety of the Bukit Koman residents in Raub, Pahang who had been up in arms against the operations of a gold mine in the area.
The latest is that despite the insistence that the gold mine and its extracting facility have caused the residents to fall ill, those making the claims are now admitting that they are still unable to provide concrete evidence that cyanide is the cause of their woes.
The Raub Anti Cyanide in Gold Mining committee vice chairman Sherly Hue had told Malay Mail that they still don’t have any medical report to support claims that those who have fallen ill is due to the cyanide in the gold mine.
The committee had claimed that the use of cyanide from the facility operated by Raub Australian Gold Mining Sdn Bhd had caused residents to suffer skin rashes, eye irritation and persistent coughs.
Sherly had made a careless remark in the interview that “We cannot say it is proven but we can say that this is suspected to be the cause.”
Hey come on, how can we cast aspersion on anything that goes wrong and based it on suspicion alone. Are there any medical or documental proof.
None so far!
We cannot proclaim it as a fact that the gold mining activities are to be blamed for the residents’ woes.
Attempts to politicise the mining activities did not stop there.
Certain quarters had also been spreading lies by alleging that the water and environment had been contaminated by the gold mining activities and that fishes have died in a tailing pond nearby.
However checks on the pond found to be otherwise. Many fish were found in the pond.
If at all the mining activities are hazardous, the pond would have been contaminated and no marine life would have survived.
The operators of the mine have put in place a system to purify cyanide contents and whatever leftover chemicals would be channeled to the tailing pond for purification.
Periodic checks are also conducted by officers from the Environment, Health and Ministers and Geoscience Departments.
To ensure the environment or the people are not adversely affected, two hydrogen cyanide gas detection units and some 20 water qualify monitoring outlets have been installed at a large siltation pond.
Tests on discharged water to check for cyanide, arsenic and pH content are conducted on a daily basis.
If we are to say no to any economic activities by foreign investors, especially legitimate operations which pose no health hazard, then we are only depriving our country of opportunities for growth.
Malaysia is ranked the fifth most favoured country in Asia for foreign investors.
Let us not put a spoke in between the spinning economic wheel.