M'sia bans bauxite mining for 3 months amid pollution fears

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Malaysia Wednesday announced a three-month ban on bauxite mining in its rural state of Pahang from mid-January amid mounting concern over hazardous dust and pollution.

Demand for bauxite, which is used in aluminium production, is soaring - fuelled by heavy demand from China.

"Everything will come to a complete stop on January 15," Environment Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar told a press conference, adding that current stockpiles would be cleared within the next three months.

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