THE House rejected a motion by an Opposition MP to deduct RM10 from the salary of the Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Adenan Satem.
Chong Chieng Jen (DAP – Bandar Kuching) moved the motion for the salary cut, citing as grounds the minister’s failure in addressing the issue of toxic waste imports from Taiwan last December.
“The minister failed to carry out his duties satisfactorily when the toxic waste entered the country.
“We learnt of the incident after the Taiwanese media reported in June this year that 12,000 metric tonnes of industrial waste were brought into Malaysia.
“We were told that 1,500 metric tonnes in 580 containers were toxic waste, found at a factory in Simpang Renggam,” he said.
“Why didn’t the ministry inform the public of the hazardous waste?” he asked.
In supporting Chong’s motion, Fong Poh Kuan (DAP – Batu Gajah) said the incident was embarrassing because Malaysians found out about the matter through the foreign media.
“The matter has also tarnished the country’s image and Malaysia is now seen as a dumpsite for industrial waste,” she said.
At this point, Dr Tan Seng Giew (DAP – Kepong) pointed out that the motion was timely as the ministry had “never bothered” to address similar issues in the past and the victims were usually those who stayed along the coastal areas.
Opposing the motion, Datuk Mohamad Aziz (BN – Sri Gading) said DAP was only harping on the issue since it had no other issues to politicise.
“The motion is trivial and is a waste of time. It does not have anything to do with the minister and the ministry had already taken actions to address it,” he said.
Winding up, parliamentary secretary Sazmi Miah explained that there had been a forgery in the signatures on permits to bring in or import the industrial waste.