Malaysia will lift a three-year ban on bauxite mining, a minister said. 

The mining of bauxite took off in Malaysia due to strong Chinese demand after neighboring Indonesia banned exports in 2014.

Authorities imposed a ban after complaints that pits across the bauxite-rich central state of Pahang were blighting the landscape, rivers were being stained red by mining run-off, and there was a rise in respiratory problems and skin rashes. In addition, critics said most of the mining was illegal, and done amateurishly with no government oversight.


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