“Malaysia was the world’s largest producer of tin in the early 1980s and Malaysia has excellent potential to become a leading global tin producing nation again, with Perak leading the way,”
IPOH — The state government will establish a partnership with an Australian and foreign tin mining firms in a bid to revive the tin industry, Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said.
Ahmad Faizal said there were many proposals and discussions that have submitted and held from other international experts and it would be continued as the industry would also grow the state’s revenues.
“There are so many proposal and discussion that are still ongoing such as from Australia firm who has a vast experience in mining as well as has the latest mining technology that is safe and sustainable. We are going to do it in here,” he said.
Ahmad Faizal said this in a special interview in conjunction with one-year Pakatan Harapan anniversary at former Menteri Besar official residence in Jalan Raja Dihilir here, yesterday.
Ahmad Faizal said that the state government also urged the tin mining industry to find a better approach or mechanism to carry out the operations without bringing damage to the environment.
“I can simply open as many as tin mining and sand dredging in the state as it is under the state government’s jurisdiction. We can do it but our main priority is to preserve the environment even though we know the state has a lot of tin deposit in the world.
“However, I have approached these new tin mining companies or those who have been involved in the industry for years to find ways to get the sources without jeopardising the environment. I believe in this modern world, there must be ways and we have to balance it nicely,” he said.
It was reported that the Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr A. Xavier Jayakumar said there were large deposits of tin ore in the country as there had been no large-scale mining for the past 40 years.
He said the price of tin, which could reach up to US$20,000 (RM83,000) per tonne, was “attractive” to industry players and with deposits amounting to millions of tonnes, the sector could again become a money spinner.
Meanwhile, Empire Tin Mining Sdn Bhd (ETM) managing director Abdul Khaliq Abdul Hamid said he welcomed the government’s plan to revive the national tin mining industry but it must be done in the most sustainable way.
“In order to achieve this sustainable goal, a proper mineral exploration program that collects significant data which comprises of geological, environmental and socio-economical information should be done accordingly.
“In line with the Mineral Development Act (1994), we recognise the significance of tin mineral potentials and its surging global demands for new applications and technology innovations. In terms of demand, there are favourable demand prospects stemming from the metal’s usability in new technologies, such as electric vehicles (EVs), robotics and renewable energy.
“Malaysia was the world’s largest producer of tin in the early 1980s. and Malaysia has excellent potential to become a leading global tin producing nation again, with Perak leading the way,” he said adding that the government needs to allow only eligible companies to carry out mining and not outsource it to agents who would pose problems later.