RAUB, Jan 13 (Bernama) -- The Minerals and Geosciences Department will monitor the use of cyanide by Raub Australian Gold Mining Sdn Bhd in gold extraction at Bukit Koman here.
Its director-general Datuk Yunus Abd Razak said this was to ensure that the use of cyanide would not pose health risks to residents and cause environmental pollution.
"The company is required to provide the department with data on the use of cyanide on daily, weekly and monthly basis.
"The company's data will be compared to that of the department, which will collect samples of cyanide use on a fortnightly basis," he told reporters after accompanying Deputy Natural Resources and Environment Minister Tan Sri Joseph Kurup to the gold mine here Wednesday.
Residents of Kampung Bukit Koman claimed that mining using cyanide to extract gold in the area had damaged their health.
Yunus said so far there was no evidence that the use of cyanide by the company had affected the health of residents.
A Raub Australian Gold Mining spokesman said as the company used only a small amount of cyanide in its operation, it would not be hazardous to the health of the residents.