KLANG: The recent unscheduled water disruption in Selangor has irked Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and he wants stricter enforcement to be carried out.
The Ruler also did not want elements of political interference in enforcement efforts towards issues related to the environment and river contamination.
Sultan Sharafuddin, had in a letter addressed to Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari, underlined several issues and facts pertaining to the matter.
According to an entry in the Selangor Royal Office Facebook timeline, Sultan Sharafuddin had written to Amirudin as soon as the water disruption hit the state.
“His Highness had written to the Selangor Mentri Besar conveying his regret over the impact the people of Selangor were forced to face, ’’ said the entry.
Sultan Sharafuddin also wanted stricter enforcement to ensure houses and factories, especially illegal factories, near river banks were demolished due to their potential of contaminating streams and rivers in Selangor.
“His Highness had long directed that a special committee is set up by the Selangor state government to monitor and ensure river water is not contaminated with chemicals or rubbish that could adversely affect the supply of raw water to water treatment plants, ’’ said the Facebook entry.
Sultan Sharafuddin had also written to Amirudin that he wanted stricter laws to be immediately imposed on perpetrators who caused river contamination.
“A heavier penalty should be duly imposed on those who contaminate the environment, especially water.
“Those who have been proven to have committed the crime must be imposed with a mandatory jail term and maximum fine, ’’ it added.
It said Sultan Sharafuddin was worried that in the event water problems continued, the people would rebel and this could create friction and adversely affect social harmony in the state.
Upon receiving the letter, Amirudin had an audience with the Ruler regarding the matter at the Selangor palace in Shah Alam yesterday.
It is believed that Amirudin had the audience to explain to Sultan Sharafuddin the recent unscheduled water disruption in the state.
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