In a disheartening development, authorities in Negri Sembilan have uncovered yet another illegal rare earth elements (REE) mine, this time in Sg Muntoh, Jelebu. This revelation comes shortly after the recent discovery of illegal REE mining in a village in Seri Menanti, further highlighting the persistent issue of illicit mining activities in the region. The state Land and Mines Department initiated an investigation following a tip-off, which led to the detection of the unauthorized mine on private land.
The Pursuit of Justice
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun confirmed that the state authorities swiftly responded to the tip-off, promptly conducting a check on the reported site. The inspection revealed an illegally operated mine, which, according to Aminuddin, may have encroached upon government-owned land as well. The size and scope of the mining operation are currently under investigation. Notably, no arrests were made during the raid, emphasizing the need for continued vigilance and cooperation from the public to combat these hidden activities.
The Challenge of Detection
Aminuddin highlighted the challenging nature of detecting and eradicating such illegal mining operations, particularly as they often take place in remote areas. The Mentri Besar urged the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the authorities promptly. Recognizing the difficulty of monitoring these isolated locations, he emphasized that ongoing operations would be conducted to curb such illicit activities. In addition, rewards will be provided to individuals who provide crucial information leading to the discovery and cessation of illegal mining operations.
Profitability and Limited Space
Aminuddin underscored the profitability of REE mining compared to other forms of mining, such as sand or quarry operations. Despite requiring a smaller operational area, REE mining yields higher profits, making it an attractive prospect for illicit miners. The utilization of in-situ leaching, a mining method that necessitates less space, further contributes to the appeal of illegal REE mining. The Mentri Besar, however, refrained from disclosing the identities of the property owners involved in these unauthorized activities.
The persistence of illegal rare earth elements (REE) mining activities in Negri Sembilan has raised concerns as authorities recently uncovered yet another illicit mine in Sg Muntoh, Jelebu. This revelation comes shortly after the discovery of an illegal REE mining operation in a village in Seri Menanti, highlighting the need for enhanced vigilance and enforcement measures to combat this pressing issue. The state Land and Mines Department acted swiftly upon receiving a tip-off regarding the unauthorized mining activity.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun expressed his gratitude to the informant and confirmed that immediate action was taken to investigate the reported site. The inspection revealed the presence of an illegal REE mine situated on private land. Aminuddin further revealed that the authorities suspect the encroachment of government-owned land, prompting ongoing investigations to determine the extent of the mining operation. Notably, no arrests were made during the raid, underscoring the importance of continued public cooperation in reporting such activities.
Aminuddin acknowledged the challenges in detecting and preventing illegal mining operations, particularly in remote areas where these activities often take place. He urged the public to remain vigilant and promptly report any suspicious mining-related incidents to the authorities. Recognizing the difficulties in monitoring isolated locations, the Mentri Besar assured the public that sustained efforts would be made to curb illicit mining activities. Furthermore, rewards will be provided to informants who provide crucial information leading to the discovery and cessation of illegal mining operations.
REE mining presents an attractive prospect for illicit miners due to its profitability compared to other forms of mining, such as sand or quarry operations. Despite requiring a smaller operational area, REE mining offers higher returns, making it an enticing venture for those involved in illegal activities. The use of in-situ leaching, a mining method that requires less space, further contributes to the appeal of unauthorized REE mining. However, Aminuddin refrained from disclosing the identities of the property owners associated with these illicit activities.
The recent discovery of a second illegal REE mine in Negri Sembilan serves as a reminder of the ongoing challenges in combating illicit mining operations. The authorities remain committed to addressing this issue and protecting the environment from the adverse effects of illegal mining activities. As investigations continue and efforts to apprehend those responsible intensify, it is imperative for the public to remain vigilant and collaborate with the authorities in safeguarding the region’s natural resources.