Police find no sabotage in Selangor River pollution

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KUALA LUMPUR — July 29, 2019: After various statements by politicians, including a minister, on sabotage being the likely reason for the recent pollution in Sungai Selangor, the national police chief has confirmed that indeed this was not the case.

According to a Bernama report today quoting Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador investigations found that the contamination was instead due to negligence of workers from companies hired to clean the river.

“We will also investigate the false reports made earlier to protect the interests of certain companies. The investigation is still ongoing,” said Hamid after the launch of an autism roadshow at the Police College here.

Last Thursday, the police arrested a pontoon operator and his worker to investigate and determine the cause of diesel pollution in the river. One has been released on police bail while the remand for the other ends today.

Press reports on July 22 quoted Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr. Xavier Jayakumar as saying that the police had found elements of sabotage.

“I was informed that the police have identified elements of sabotage,” said the minister in a tweet.

Another news report on the same day had Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari speaking about a possible act of sabotage in the same case.
Following the incident the National Water Service Commission lodged a police report to look into possible elements of sabotage.
Hamid also said the police viewed the pollution seriously as it led to four water treatment plants being shut down and causing disruption of water supply to 1,191,942 customers.



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