PETALING JAYA: Come down hard on errant enforcement officers and agencies who are equally responsible for causing taps to run dry in parts of the Klang Valley recently, says Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM).
PRM vice-president Ahmad Jufliz Faiza called upon the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to carry out an investigation into the Sungai Gong pollution issue that forced taps to run dry in 1,292 areas in Selangor.
MACC should investigate if there were elements of abuse of power and bribery, leading to recurring water pollution woes resulting in massive water supply disruption, he said in a statement Tuesday (Sept 8).
"Stern action should be taken against those who have neglected their duties, and abused power at all levels.
"The authorities should have enforced the law, and taken stern action against polluters.
"They (enforcement agencies) should immediately order the shutdown of commercial premises, including factories, responsible for polluting rivers," he said.
He also questioned why illegal factories were still in operation.
Jufliz said the authorities should also not approve development in water catchment areas.
"Industrial, housing, and logging activities should not be allowed (near water catchments)," he said.
Factories near water catchments should also be relocated, he said.
Jufliz said polluting rivers leading to water cuts was tantamount to acts of terrorism.
"State authorities and leaders should take responsibility," he said.