Bukit Ibam Mine in History
Berita Harian 22 November 1970
Since some time ago, the news of the closure of two mines in the country have been regularly published in the newspapers.
The news is generally sad because its makes thousands of people who suddenly face a bleak future due to the closure of the mines.
It is true that the government intends to help overcome their difficulties. Iron mine workers in Dungun will be helped by the government to participate in the new land development and oil palm plantation projects.
Workers at Bukit Ibam, Rompin recently visited by the Prime Minister himself who guarantee will launch several programs to help them.
However we are sad. Sad about the fate that befalls us if we are too much dependent on the investors – either overseas or local investors.
The dark fate that not only fall on the workers. But tens of thousands of others to follow is affected by the decision to close the mines is
Dungun dependent on revenue Bukit Besi. Even the state of Terengganu depending on the mine.
Can revenue from Bukit Besi replaced by other sources?
So far only those employees of the mine who would be lost their jobs.
What is the case with Dungun town itself? What is the case with the farmers who are dependent on selling their agricultural products to the mine workers?
What is the case with the fishermen who catch products purchased by the mine workers?
What is the case with business in the town of Dungun?
We think the committee formed to look at the problem of the closure of the mine should be reinforced and to look into the importance and severity of the problems faced by the closure of the mine in Bukit Besi.