The Malaysian government stated that due to strong market demand for bauxite, it is proposed to suspend the bauxite ban after March 31. Malaysia was once the largest supplier of bauxite in China, with shipments of 3.5 million tons in 2015. Due to unregulated and endless mining, the eastern part of Pahang has been heavily polluted by water, and roads, rivers and coastal waters have turned red. In response, a bauxite mining ban was issued in early 2016. The ban on bauxite mining was mainly due to strong market demand and considerable profitability for the country. However, the country’s natural resources minister also said that although bauxite mining and export activities were resumed, new standard operating procedures will be adopted. And stricter legal measures to protect the environment.