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Bauxite worth RM1.7mil reported stolen in Gebeng

Monday, Jul 29, 2019
  An estimated 15,000 tonnes of bauxite worth about RM1.7mil has apparently been stolen from a site belonging to WM Builder Sdn Bhd in Gebeng.
  Its chief operating officer Cheok Kia Yong said staff members discovered a huge portion had been carved out of the pile of bauxite (aluminium ore) at the company’s site here on July 22.
  “We believe the theft was carried out over the course of three days. It’s an open area and there is no fencing, although the boundaries are clearly demarcated.
  “They were actually caught red-handed by our staff members on that day.
  “Our supervisor told them to stop and leave,” he said when contacted yesterday.
  Cheok said they managed to track down the stolen bauxite at another site approximately 2km away.
  “It’s quite unusual because no bauxite mining activities are supposed to take place and yet there is suddenly a stack of ore there. From our drone surveillance, we can see four excavators hidden at the site,” he said.
  Cheok said the ore was part of the company’s stockpile that had not been exported ever since the moratorium on bauxite mining was imposed three years ago.
  He said the company had lodged a police report.

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