Sand-mining firm blamed for JB water disruption


MERSING: A sand-mining company has been found to be the culprit for the 30-hour water disruption in several areas in Johor Baru.

Its activity caused river pollution which disrupted water treatment at the Sem­a­ngar plant on Tues­day, affecting 3,000 houses in Taman Desa Tebrau and surrounding areas.

The state planned to take stern action against the company, said International Trade, Investment and Utilities Committee chairman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse.

“We’ll be meeting with the company on Sunday and will inform them about the actions we’re considering.

“Legal action or revoking their licence are among the alternatives, as we do not want a repeat of this incident. At the same time, we will see how the company wants to solve the problem,” he said after visiting the Congok Dam here yesterday.

He said the company had a licence to operate in Sungai Johor, but did not say how long it had operated there.