PETALING JAYA: Dr Xavier Jayakumar (pic) has claimed that the police have found elements of sabotage in the contamination of Sungai Selangor, which has caused major water disruptions in the Klang Valley.
“I was informed that the police have identified elements of sabotage,” said the Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister in a tweet yesterday.
The National Water Services Commission (SPAN) had earlier lodged a police report over the two incidents of pollution in Sungai Selangor that caused major water treatment plants to be shut down over the last few days.
The report was lodged at the Bestari Jaya police station in Kuala Selangor.
In its report, SPAN had urged the police to investigate if there were elements of sabotage in both incidents.
“We will use the existing Acts to take stern action against those who caused the contamination,” Santiago said in a statement.
The Sungai Selangor Phases 1, 2 and 3 and Rantau Panjang water treatment plants were shut down on Sunday night following the detection of diesel pollutant in Sungai Selangor.
This comes two days after odour pollution forced more than a million consumers to experience abrupt water cuts.
Selangor’s sand mining concessionaire Kumpulan Semesta Sdn Bhd (KSSB) had said in a statement that it had detected diesel spillage in the river close to the Hang Tuah pond at about 6.15pm on Sunday.
It said in a statement that it was investigating the possibility of sabotage, adding that the situation was regretted.
He also urged the Hulu Selangor district council and the Department of Environment to take stern action against those involved in the incidents.
“To avoid incidents of pollution in the future which are a burden to the people, the Federal Government, state government and local government should consider stopping all economic activities near rivers, especially upstream, which is the main source of water for daily use, including cooking and drinking,” he said.
Santiago also urged the public not to use the rivers as a place to dump their rubbish.
Consumers are urged to refer to the Air Selangor app, www.syabas.com.my, and Air Selangor Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates and information.