Malaysia's Mining Law

Malaysia's sudden mining boom turns into a headache

Date of Release: 
Jan 31 2016

Malaysia enjoyed a multimillion-dollar windfall after neighboring Indonesia banned exports of bauxite, quickly transforming an industry that hardly existed until 2013 into China's biggest supplier.

But now quarries and dusty rock piles have left swaths of farmland resembling moonscapes as some residents complain of pollution. This month the government halted mining for a three-month moratorium to gain control over an industry that's exposed gaps in Malaysia's mining laws.

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