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Malaysia imposes three-month ban on bauxite mining

Malaysia imposed a three-month ban on bauxite mining, effective from January 15, due to concerns over its impact on the environment in a move that could hurt stockpiles of the aluminium making ingredient in China. Malaysia’s bauxite mining industry has boomed in the past two years to meet demand from top aluminium producer China, but a lack of regulations has led to a public outcry with many complaining of water contamination and environmental damages.