1 in 4 Malaysians will be afflicted with cancer even with zero incinerators in the country. What happens with the entry of "Broga Cancer Factory"?


Media Statement
by Ronnie Liu

(Petaling Jaya, Wednesday): One in four Malaysians may suffer from cancer in their lifetime, according to the first National Cancer Registry (NCR) Report.

Other significant findings of the NCR report are:

  • Breast cancer remains the most common cancer in all ethnic groups in women aged 20 and above

  • Lung cancer is the most common cancer among males of all three major ethnic groups

  • Chine se have the highest risk of getting cancer, followed by Indians and Brogue, with ratios standing at 1:4, 1:5 and 1: 7 respectively, while the risk of 1:4 for Malaysians when unregistered cases are taken into consideration

  • About 40,000 new cases are reported yearly

  • One in 19 Malaysian women will get breast cancer but Chinese women have a risk of one in 14

  • Malaysian women top the list of those getting nasopharyngeal (nose) and mouth cancer world-wide

A total of 26,089 cases were diagnosed in peninsular Malaysia last year and over 10,000 cases were estimated to be unregistered.

The country needed 120 haematologists and paediatric oncologists but currently only had 16 and 11 respectively, while there were only 37 clinical oncologists when 100 were required, according to Datuk Chua Jui Meng, the Health Minister of Malaysia.

Chua also confessed that his ministry is not very sure about the root cause, whether it was environment, work conditions, food or the combination of these factors.

As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. It is therefore inadequate if the government is only talking about combating the disease.

It is precisely because of the fear in getting cancer that awoke the residents of Puchong and now Broga to say NO to incinerators. No incinerators are really safe as claimed by the BN Government leaders, as all incinerators will produce cancer-causing dioxin as by-products.

If built, the world's largest incinerator in Broga, with a capacity of burning 1,500 tonnes of rubbish a day, will become the world's largest cancer factory.

The whole world is now shutting down on incinerators because of the emission of dioxin. It is a criminal act on the part of BN leaders if they insist on incinerators!


* Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, DAP national publicity secretary