Factory emitted toxic gas, court told


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 04 Feb 2004

BY KULDEEP S. JESSY

IPOH: The High Court here heard that residents of Kampung Baru Kuala Kuang, Chemor, have to bear with bad odour from the emission of chemicals, gases and substances from a rubber factory. 

Meenakshi Raman, who is the lead counsel for the residents, said one of the gases released was hydrogen sulphide, a toxic and poisonous gas. 

She said the gas could cause adverse health effects to people exposed to it. 

“The plaintiffs have been suffering tremendous discomfort, annoyance and inconvenience and therefore unable to have a peaceful use and enjoyment of their property and environment,” she said in her opening statement during the hearing of a suit brought by the residents against the Chip Lam Seng Sdn Bhd rubber factory located in their village. 

Seven residents had filed a suit against the factory on behalf of themselves and all other residents and they are seeking a court injunction to restrain the rubber factory from causing nuisance and also to stop releasing chemicals that are dangerous and noxious to their health. 

Meenakshi said Kampung Baru Kuala Kuang, which had about 650 households with a total population of about 6,000 people, had been in existence since the 1940s, and that after independence, the Government began issuing titles to the residents. 

She said the village was also provided with basic facilities such as school, a community hall and temple. 

“It is the plaintiffs’ case that the defendant’s rubber processing began on a small scale in 1979 in its present site and gradually expanded into large scale operations on or around 1995,” she said. 

She also said that the defendant, a company involved in manufacturing and processing of rubber, was adjacent to the village and only about 3m away from the nearest house. 

The residents were represented by Meenakshi, A. Theivanai and M.S. Kumaari while Chip Lam Seng was represented by William Davidson, Yatis Ramachandran and Ng Lai Chiek. 

Judicial Commissioner Datuk Balia Yusof Wahi adjourned hearing to today. 

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