Compiled by MEI MEI CHU, JAROD LIM and R.ARAVINTHAN.
AT least 300 tonnes of oil was dumped in the waters off Tanjung Balau and Batu Layar in Kota Tinggi, Johor, severely polluting the sea, Berita Harian reported.
Johor Marine Department chief Dickson Dollah said the oil was believed to have been dumped by a vessel three days ago.
He said 18 officers had been dispatched to clean the oil in the sea and along the beach.
It has affected the livelihood of over 50 fishermen who could not go out to sea as the slick had reached the shores and damaged their equipment.
“Not only did the fishermen suffer losses because they could not go out to sea due to the pollution, the thick oil clogged up their equipment,” said Pengerang Fisherman Association president Abu Bakar Mohamad.
He said this was not the first oil spill in the area, adding that during the first incident, the authorities took six months to clean up the spill.
> Sinar Harian reported that an 85-year-old man got lost on his way to his children’s house in Kampung Sungai Tegar, Sabak Bernam, after he forgot the route.
Asrah Salleh left his house on Wednesday on a motorcycle at 6.30pm and headed towards Sungai Besar.
However, he forgot the way to his children’s house and was found by a passer-by wandering for an hour.
Villager Adyzul Azree Mustafa said the headman of Kampung Parit 4 Sungai Panjang asked him for help to find Asrah’s family at 9pm.
“We finally managed to contact his children about their missing father and they picked him up at 11pm,” he said.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.