A mine in Kuantan, Malaysia.
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Malaysia bauxite ban after mining surge

Malaysia's government has imposed a three-month freeze on the extraction and export of bauxite, the ore used to make aluminium, after a dramatic surge in mining in the east coast state of Pahang.

Over the past two years the amount of bauxite shipped from Malaysia to China increased almost one hundred fold, after Indonesia imposed a ban on exports. But the boom has taken a heavy toll on the local environment.

South East Asia Correspondent Jonathan Head reports from Kuantan.

  • 20 Jan 2016
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