JOHOR BARU (Bernama): The Johor Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Corporation (SWCorp) has opened 26 investigation papers for the illegal dumping of solid waste since 2018.
Its director Cairul Hisham Jalaluddin said 12 companies had been charged, including three as of Monday (July 8).
"We are completing the investigation papers against the remaining 14 companies," he told reporters when met at the Sessions Court here.
On the cases that were brought to court today, he said three companies were involved, adding that all pleaded guilty to the charges and were fined a total of RM45,000.
He added that an excuse often given by the errant companies was that the sanitary disposal area is far and that a high cost is involved.
He said factories in Johor Baru, Iskandar Puteri and Kulai are to dump their solid waste at the sanitary disposal site in Seelong, while the dumping site is at Tanjung Langsat for those in Pasir Gudang.
Cairul also advised the public to not throw their rubbish at undesignated places to avoid action being taken against them.
He said that individuals or companies charged with the offence face a fine of between RM10,000 and RM100,000, or imprisonment of up to five years if found guilty. -Bernama