PETALING JAYA: Air Selangor would be asked to investigate the cause of the odour pollution, says National Water Services Commission (SPAN) chairman Charles Santiago.
“SPAN will do the same as well. As regulators, we have a responsibility to the people,” he said. Santiago said the current laws to deter environmental polluters were too lax.
He said both penalties and jail term should be increased.
The senior management and board of directors of a company should also be culpable for environmental damage, he said.
He said chemical or recycling companies, as well as companies near rivers, should be required to have government-accredited waste disposal systems.
Santiago said there should be a buffer zone between rivers and the nearest factory to prevent contamination.
He pointed out that the public was also to blame for polluting rivers and drains by dumping rubbish.
He said society must be mature and take responsibility for the environment.
However, Santiago stressed that scheduled disruption was necessary for critical maintenance to take place.