KUALA LUMPUR SEPT.5: The Selangor government had directed the owner of the heavy machine maintenance operating premises that had caused water pollution in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur to vacate the land.
Menteri Besar of Selangor, Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said, the building that was built on the private owned land did not possess the permission to plan from the Selayang Municipal Council.
The Menteri Besar added, subsequently the District and Land Office of Gombak will issue the Notice A after it had affected 1.97 million water accounts in the Klang Valley and Selangor from getting clean water supply.
“We have directed the owner of the land to vacate the land and also to demolish the building and when it reaches a certain time and if it is not done, we will demolish it.
“The operations will be monitored by the council whether it is suitable or otherwise and we will close it at least three to four months before it is really safe.
“After two incidents we will check all aspects thoroughly so that the factory will not operate as it had caused water pollution and had affected millions of people in Selangor.” said Amirudin after chairing the “Full report of the current situation relating to the water pollution” at the Selangor Water Building today (Sept.5).
The Selangor Menteri Besar had also directed the Selayang Municipal Council to take necessary actions against the land owner besides requesting the Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn. Bhd. (Air Selangor) and Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) to cut the water and electricity supply to avoid the premises to resume operations again.
In another development, Amirudin said, the people in Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya and Sungai Buloh have received water supply and after more than 48 hours the water will be distributed in phases.
“We have also been successful in getting water tank supplies from the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF); Fire Brigade and from the states including Terengganu, Negeri Sembilan and Johor,” he added.
According to Amirudin, the tankers have the capacity to carry water to the affected areas and Air Selangor has estimated 50% of the affected areas could be recovered if the pressure has returned to normal and the people do not spare water in big amount.
“In order to avoid water pollution problems to happen again, we would like to suggest the fine of RM500, 000 to be increased to RM1 million. However it has to be brought up to the State Legislative Assembly session scheduled in October/November and also be brought to the Ministry of Environment and Water,” he said. –Malaysia World News.