KUALA LUMPUR: Those behind the diesel contamination of Sungai Selangor could be arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012, says Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador.
“We take this sabotage seriously. During the days of the Internal Security Act (ISA), those who sabotaged essential services and utilities can be arrested under that Act.
We can use Sosma (for this Sungai Selangor diesel pollution case). That’s how important it is.
“I’ve discussed and instructed the Selangor police chief to go down there himself and lead the investigation.
“This has affected four to five million people and we will not hesitate to take serious actions against the wrongdoers,” he told reporters after attending the launch of the National Strategy for Financial Literacy 2019-2023 at Bank Negara here yesterday.
Sosma allows police to arrest and detain people without trial, usually for terrorism, public order and security offences.
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 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.
Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari had said the incident could be due to foul play as a fuel tank outlet on a sand dredging pontoon was found open, which resulted in 100 litres of diesel flowing into the river.
As of noon yesterday, water supply has been restored to 84% of 1.2 million account holders.
Full restoration is expected on Saturday.