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Malaysia's bauxite boom

It's something Malaysia's industry has rarely experienced. Bauxite - the red aluminium ore - earned the country billions. Within one year Malaysia was exporting ten times as much bauxite as it had previously. But there was a dark side to the industry, both for the environment and the local population.

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As companies rushed to mine whatever bauxite they could find in the state of Pahang, rivers became polluted and many people lost their livelihoods. In January the government imposed a temporary ban on the mining. We visit the area and talk to those affected - and ask what the future holds for Pahang.