KULAIJAYA: Residents of Ayer Bemban New Village here are complaining that pollution from four quarries operating for the past few years are making them ill.
Housewife Chai Kin Fah, 56, claimed that her two-year-old granddaughter Wong Chia Sin had been suffering from skin irritation and that the family had to spend more than RM2,000 on medical bills.
Chai said doctors suspected that the toddler also suffered from lung infection.
“Apart from taking care of her, I have to clean my house eight times daily,” she said.
“Dust from the quarry still enters our house despite us closing our windows and doors,” said Chai, whose house is located 500m from the quarry operated by Swee Quarry Johor Sdn Bhd.
Chai spoke to The Star during a visit by state environment department officials yesterday.
They were there as a result of a meeting between the quarry operators and residents, chaired by state health and environment executive councillor Datuk Ayub Rahmat, last month.
Vegetable farmer Tan Hang Jick, 65, from Taman Ayer Bemban, said if a fifth quarry was to be opened there, residents would suffer even more.
Swee Quarry director Loh Thean Loy said his company would take immediate action to mitigate the impact of their operations.
“We will plant more trees, especially along the trunk roads facing the housing estates, to reduce noise and dust pollution,” Loh promised.
Ayub said the state government had yet to approve the proposed fifth quarry.
“Although the approval to open the new quarry comes under the Kulaijaya District Land Office, we make the final decision,” Ayub added.