Johor may review development procedures at Pantai Lido


TANGKAK: The state government may look into ways to improve development procedures at Pantai Lido following mass fish death in the area, says Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal.

He said the relevant agencies were still investigating development projects, including reclamation works.

“The Department of Environment (DoE) and Fisheries Department are still looking for the main reasons causing the low oxygen level in the water which had led to the fish deaths.

“This is the second time we have seen such an occurrence and I have urged the relevant agencies to take proactive measures,” he said after attending the Johor Corporation’s Jalinan Ukhwah JCorp corporate social responsibility programme at Kundung Ulu here yesterday. Dr Sahruddin said for now the state government had not issued any order to stop development projects in the area.

He added that if the incident had something to do with the development projects, the state government would consult the relevant agencies, including DoE and Town and Country Planning Department, to look into it.

It was earlier reported that land reclamation along Pantai Lido could potentially be the main cause of mass fish death there.

State Local Government, Urban Wellbeing and Environment Committee chairman Tan Chen Choon said the DoE, along with the Fisheries Department, were still investigating the matter and were not ruling out land reclamation as the contributing factor.

“The DoE visited the location on Thursday upon receiving complaints about the occurrence and found that the dissolved oxygen level of the water was very low, at 1.2mg/l,” he said.

“The hot weather and disturbance of the water flow due to land reclamation are believed to be contributing factors, but we are still investigating the matter,” he said.

Dozens of dead fish were spotted along Pantai Lido for the second time on Friday just days after a similar occurrence on Aug 28.

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