SHAH ALAM — October 26, 2016: A special task force involving agencies under the federal and Selangor governments will be set up to solve the Semenyih River pollution issue affecting 1.6 million consumers in the
Those represented in the force are the Department of Environment (DOE), Selangor Water Management Authority (Luas), Kumpulan Air Selangor (Air Selangor) and local councils.
Through this cooperation, the (outcome of) investigations and details of evidence that the state government has will be submitted to the DOE.
“We want to ensure collaborative and continued investigation by both governments so that the issue can be solved,” Natural Resource and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku told a press conference here today. Present was Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Wan Junaidi had earlier met Azmin to discuss the pollution which had caused the closure of the Semenyih water treatment plant more than five times this year.
Besides Selangor, a similar task force will be set up in all states, in line with the implementation of the National Blue Ocean Strategy initiative by the federal government.
Wan Junaidi said in the meantime the ministry is scrutinising all laws concerning pollution so that a heavier penalty could be imposed.
The ministry is looking at the Environment Act, Selangor Water Management Authority Enactment and the Water Services Industry Act to see which one provides higher penalty and will propose in its investigation papers before submitting to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for evaluation.
Azmin said he was informed by Wan Junaidi that the investigation on the first pollution case of Semenyih River was now over and hoped the parties involved would face justice.
“The state government is conducting internal investigations on two more pollution cases… we have the evidence and will present them to the ministry.
“Even today we handed over several samples taken from the polluted water and soil of the affected area, as well as other evidence,” he said.
The Semenyih plant was closed on September 22 due to pollution in the river. It was closed again on October 4 following pollution believed to have triggered from a premises along the Lalang River.
Last Sunday the plant had to be closed again due to odour pollution from the Nilai industrial area. — Bernama