KUANTAN: Pahang Department of Environment (DoE) has yet to receive any report on the shocking discovery of heaps of garbage in Karak, Bentong, believed to be imported from Canada.
Its director Rosli Zul said there were no reports lodged on the matter and the department only came to know about it through a news report in Sinar Harian recently.
“A joint investigation with the National Solid Waste Management Department, SWCorp and Bentong Municipal Council will be conducted soon,” he said.
Rosli said there were no prior reports of similar cases in Pahang.
Bentong MP Wong Tack had highlighted in a video on his Facebook page that a warehouse illegally storing plastic waste was found in his constituency.
“I want the culprit to identify himself. Sooner or later we will find him so he better own up.
“This is a strong warning to illegal businesses that destroy the environment in Bentong.
“As the Bentong MP, I am warning we are not going to let you go,” he said.
Wong could be seen going through plastic packagings with Canadian origins in the video.
“We are very disappointed with Canada, a country that boasts about being environmentally friendly.
“Even worse are our own people who are willing to import garbage and destroy our country,” he said.
Wong had visited the site with Bilut assemblyman Lee Chin Chen and Sabai assemblyman Kamache Doray Rajoo.
Lee said they had informed Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin about the matter.
“We do not think this is the only site. There may be more in Bentong and other places in Pahang.
“We urge the public to be alert about their surroundings and report such cases to their elected representatives or the authorities,” he said.