JOHOR BARU: The state government plans to come down hard on polluters in an effort to safeguard the state's water resources.
Johor Public Works and Rural and Regional Development committee chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad said that the state would continue to impose heavy fines on those who pollute.
"We have already started using our relevant laws and enactments to impose fines of up to RM300,000 on those who pollute," he said referring to two major ammonia pollution cases in Sg Johor and Kluang.
One involved a fertiliser processing company and the other an oil palm company.
Hasni said last year the state was faced with severe drought while this year was due to pollution issues.
He was speaking at the closing of SAJ Ranhill Sdn Bhd awareness programme involving secondary schools statewide.
Some 18,000 students have benefited from the programme which has been around since 2010.
This year, some 4,400 students were selected from 33 schools statewide.
Among the activities carried out include water stories, tips to conserve water, ways to test raw water, awareness talks, workshops and others.