SHAH ALAM: Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has voiced his displeasure over river contamination incidents in the state.
He said it had been brought to his attention that four or five rivers in Selangor have been contaminated with solid waste and toxic waste.
He said the state government must initiate more serious enforcement against those responsible for releasing such waste into rivers.
"If there is a need, laws must be formulated to impose heavy punishment on those guilty of polluting rivers in Selangor," Sultan Sharafuddin said in his royal address at the opening of the first meeting of the second term of the 14th state legislative assembly sitting.
He added the public must also be further educated, through awareness campaigns, on the importance of preserving the cleanliness of rivers which are among Selangor's water sources.
Sultan Sharafuddin's decree comes following last week's incident whereby a section of the Klang River near Taman Eng Ann in Klang was found to be contaminated by a chemical substance.
It is believed the chemical was dumped by irresponsible people into a pond which then flowed into the Klang River.
Meanwhile, Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari told reporters the situation will be monitored and added that the state authorities required information from the public on such incidents.
"All necessary measures have been put in place and samples have been taken for legal proceedings after which the river stretch was cleaned up,'' he added.
Later in the day, exco in charge of environment Hee Hoy Sian issued a statement that ponds, soil and drainage that had come in contact with the pollutant had all been cleaned up by Sunday.
"Some 28,000 litres of waste matter has been removed by two suction tank lorries, and is currently being stored pending disposal,'' he said.
Hee added an appropriate disposal method will be used to get rid of the waste once a report is received from the Chemistry Department.
He said so far the waste matter has not been detected in the drainage and water sources in the location and its surrounding areas.
Hee added Selangor Water Management Authority (Luas) was also keeping a close watch on the area to ensure no more pollution takes place.
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