Cops suggest using Sosma against those behind water cuts

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  • Wednesday, 09 Sep 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have suggested imposing heavier charges, including those used against organised crime, on those behind the pollution that caused unscheduled water cuts in parts of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

“The various agencies (CID) has met with the Attorney General and several ideas have been raised by the Criminal Investigations Department. One of which, seeing that this is a very heavy offence which led to wide-ranging effects, is to consider imposing a heavier charge which would include elements of sabotage.

“If there are elements of sabotage and repeat offences, we can classify it as organised crime and in turn, use allocations under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012, ” said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador (pic) after overseeing several handing over of duty ceremonies at the Royal Malaysia Police college here on Wednesday (Sept 9).

He also urged calm from the public while the police conduct their investigations.

The IGP also said that the public is advised not to threaten or harass the suspects and to not take the law in their hands.

“There will be no cover-ups. Let the police do our investigations, ” he assured.

On suggestions on establishing an “environmental crimes unit”, the IGP said that he would leave that to the Home Ministry to decide.

“This will lead to a need for new hires. If the suggestion is passed, I will ask for more postings. There is no problem in accepting the responsibility and I am confident that we can help, ” he said.

Previously, Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari had said that a factory in the Sungai Gong Industrial Area in Rawang was the alleged source of the odour pollution that caused four Sungai Selangor water treatment plants (LRA) to suspend operations.

He said the factory was alleged to have released solvent into Sungai Gong which flows into Sungai Sembah, one of the main rivers of Sungai Selangor.

A total of 1,292 areas in the Klang Valley, Petaling, Klang/Shah Alam, Kuala Selangor, Hulu Selangor, Gombak and Kuala Langat, involving nearly 1.2 million consumer accounts, had been affected by unscheduled water cuts.

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