DOE to monitor reclamation works

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 20 Mar 2003

THE Department of Environment (DOE) has set up a team to carry out surveillance and monitoring of reclamation activities in Singapore waters. 

Deputy Science, Technology and Environment Minister Datuk Zainal Dahalan said the team would collect data on marine water quality to see if there were any negative effects caused by reclamation activities. 

He said the findings would be forwarded periodically to Wisma Putra to be discussed with its Singaporean counterparts. 

“The project will monitor the changes in water quality using internationally-approved procedures and methods,” he said when replying to Datuk Mohamad Aziz (BN – Sri Gading) on the Government’s action on land reclamation at Tebrau Straits by Singapore. 

Zainal said an observatory centre would also be established to analyse the data from satellite imaging. 

To a question by Mohd Apandi Mohamad (PAS – Jeli) on whether the Government intended to ask Johor to stop issuing permits to companies supplying sand to Singapore for the reclamation work, Zainal said:  

“To my knowledge, the state government has already terminated the issuing of permits to these companies.”  

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