IPOH: Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) says it suspects soil-like industrial waste is being dumped and buried at a site in Chepor near here.
SAM field officer Meor Razak Meor Abdul Rahman said green and grey-coloured substances have likely been dumped there over the past few years.
He said SAM received a complaint in February of substances being scattered in a piece of private land next to a resort.
“Upon our visit to the site, we found a big hole next to the resort. We could see green and grey substances.
“We are unsure whether the material is hazardous or not.
"If it is not, why didn't the party responsible dump it in the waste disposal area provided by the local authorities?" he told reporters during a visit at the site on Wednesday (Oct 7).
Resort owner Nasaruddin Umar, 52, said he believed the activity has been going on for five years.
“When we first saw lorries carrying the substances, we were told that they were safe.
“We had some workers in the resort saying that they got rashes when they touched the smelly substances," he added.
Nasaruddin said they had reported the matter to the police, the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) and Environmental Department (DOE).
“The police put up the yellow cordon tape around the area and told me that an investigation was ongoing. That was a few years ago.
“I hope they will hasten the investigation and provide an update to the public, ” he added.
He also claimed that the waste had polluted a nearby river.
"There are a few homestays located near the river, and they told us that the water has become murky. They felt it was unsafe to play in it.
“A nearby fish farm was also affected. I was told by the owner that his fish had died, possibly caused by the polluted water," he said.
When contacted, Perak DOE director Rosli Zul said they would be investigating the matter.
“We will get our officers to get a sample of the substance and hand it to the Chemical Department to determine if the substance is harmful or not.
“We will also contact the landowner for more information, ” he said.
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