The controversial issue of nuclear waste disposal has surfaced on the Malaysian Peninsula.
GV PAN Factories from which nuclear waste supposedly originate. (4 SHOTS)
GV Nuclear waste dump site. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN OUT People looking at dump site.
GVs PAN Malaysian MP Dr. Tan Seng Ghiaw (in white with spectacles) Mr. P. Patto (Deputy Secretary-General of DAP with moustache and spectacles and under umbrella), Mr. Low Teck Kee, state assemblyman, in background talking to protestors. (3 SHOTS)
GV Town name's sign (Papan), crowd of demonstrators at road junction, sign and banners protesting nuclear dumping. (5 SHOTS)
GV Cooking donated food supplies. (3 SHOTS)
GV Protestors on roadside near town of Papan.
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Background: The controversial issue of nuclear waste disposal has surfaced on the Malaysian Peninsula. On July 1, hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the village of Papan, near Ipoh in Perak State - approximately 160 kilometres (100 miles) from Kuala Lumpur - to voice their protest against plans by the Asian Rare Earth Company and other corporations to site their radioactive waste near the town. Papan, a 19th century rip-roaring frontier town once crammed with gambling halls, opium dens and brothels, today consists of some 2,000 residents who eke out their living as farmers, mine workers and small traders. They have been galvanised into action by the Democratic Action Party's (DAP) vociferous opposition to the nuclear waste programme. A Member of Parliament, Dr. Tan Seng Ghiaw was joined by Mr. P. Patto Deputy Secretary General of the DAP, and Mr. Low Teck Kee, Ipoh's state assemblyman, in speaking with the demonstrators about tactics which would effectively block the planned radioactive dumping. The protestors carried banners announcing their opposition to nuclear waste disposal, and publicly invited Environment Minister Datuk Amar Stephen Yong to visit Papan in order to assess the site's potential health hazards. Food supplies donated by sympathisers throughout Malaysia have been pouring into Papan to assist the protestors, who have vowed to continue the peaceful demonstration until the government halts the dumping project permanently.