THE discovery of more than 1,000 dead fish in a monsoon drain in Taman Seraya, Ampang last Saturday has got residents in two neighbourhoods worried.
It is believed to have originated from a waste water treatment facility and oxidation pond belonging to Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) Sdn Bhd at Taman Seraya.
Teratai assemblyman Tiew Way Keng, who highlighted the issue, said the matter was a cause for concern as residents in Taman Seraya and adjacent Taman Putra claimed to have seen foreigners collecting the dead fish.
“This is very worrisome as we do not know if they are consuming the fish or even selling them at the nearby market,” she said, adding that the fish was a type of Tilapia species.
Ampang Jaya municipal councillor Jason Lim claimed that the problem had been occurring for many years.
“Twice a year, we usually see the dead fish in the monsoon drain along Jalan 19 and Jalan 22. Not only that, the residents have to put up with the stench,” he said.
Taman Putra resident How Kee Hong, 56, said although it was rare to see the dead fish, it was the overflowing of the sewage drains that was the main problem.
“Whenever it rains, the manholes along Jalan 22 will overflow and the waste water is washed into our compounds. It becomes very filthy and we have to spend the day cleaning up,” she said.
IWK Communications senior manager Shahrul Nizam said there was evidence that the perimeter fence of the oxidation pond had been tampered with.
He suspected that some unscrupulous people had entered the area to catch the fish.
“We think they may have poured some sort of chemical into the water to make them float.
“We are still investigating the matter but in the meantime, we will tighten security to ensure this does not happen again,” Shahrul said.