Give Lynas a “fair go”: High Commissioner

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The Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia Miles Kupa has called on Malaysians to give Lynas Corporation a "fair go" with its rare earths business.

According to ABC Radio Kupa said Australia was not going to interfere with Malaysia’s regulation but if Lynas was complying with all laws and requirements it should be treated reasonably.

"What we really ask is that they be treated fairly, objectively, that their plans are not disrupted by political factors," he said.

"We ask that they be given a fair go, so as long as they respect the local regulatory requirements, and that’s what we expect of Australian companies."

Lynas plans on processing rare earths from its Mt Meld mine in Western Australia in Malaysia but has faced significant community opposition with locals fearing the processing plant will damage their health and the environment.

Earlier this year protestors said they were "outraged and appalled" after the Malaysian Government granted the company a temporary operating licence.

On Friday Save Malaysia Stop Lynas again criticised the country’s Atomic Energy Licencing Board for what it claimed was shoddy regulation of Lynas.

In February The Sydney Morning Herald reported a hacker using the name "4z1" had taken down the Lynas website, which remains offline.

Image: Lynas Corporation