Something fishy


(From left) Lingam, Thana and Chong at the retention pond where water pollution has killed hundreds of fish. (Inset) The dead tilapia is being scooped out from the retention pond and buried in shallow graves. — Photos: K.K. SHAM/The Star

RESIDENTS in a gated community in Ambang Botanic 1, Klang, have been suffering from the stench and sight of hundreds of dead tilapia fish floating in a retention pond near their homes.

“There are dead fish rotting and a horrible stench permeates the area. Our residents have been facing this since April 4, after polluted water from the nearby commercial area drained into the retention pond,” said Ambang Botanic 1 Residents Association committee member Datuk V. Lingam.

Lingam, 52, added that he had gone to check out a resident’s complaint about dead fish all along the retention pond last week and was overpowered by a bad smell.

“I was shocked to see hundreds of dead fish floating in the pond and the water had turned dark greenish black. There was dark coloured water from two pipes that ran into the river leading to the retention pond,” he said.

Another resident Tee Song Thye, 57, said over the past six days, a breeze carried the stench of rotting fish to their homes.

“Every day workers scoop out the dead, rotting fish from the retention pond. Shallow holes are dug at various spots along the pond and the fish are buried to avoid the overpowering stench,” he said.

The dead tilapia is being scooped out from the retention pond and buried in shallow graves. — Photos: K.K. SHAM/The Star

Yesterday, at 12.30pm, StarMetro noticed dead fish floating in the discoloured water along the banks.

Datuk Thana Segaran, 53, and Simon Chong, 61, who are pioneer residents, said this was not the first time such an incident had occurred. It is the third since 2015.

“We had brought up this matter to the Selangor Department of Environment, Klang Municipal Council (MPK) and the current Sentosa assemblyman G. Gunaraj but to-date, the matter has not been resolved,” said Chong.

Lingam urged the municipal council to instal high-grade effluent filters for both water pipes that channel drain water from Bukit Tinggi commercial area into the retention pond inside the gated-and-guarded neighbourhood of Ambang Botanic.

“We want MPK to put in the high-grade effluent filter to treat wastewater before the water flows into the retention pond.

“Ours is a residential area and we want a good environment for all 1,900 people living in the 825 houses here,” he said.

Thana said it was “disgusting to wake up and have our noses assailed by such bad smell that it makes us nauseous.”

“Our families cannot even enjoy afternoon tea in the garden because of the smell.

“I want MPK to resolve this environmental issue and ensure it does not happen again,” he said.

When contacted, MPK’s Corporate Communications Department declined to comment on the issue.


   

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