Two company directors, six workers nabbed over latest water pollution case

KUALA LUMPUR: Two company directors and six workers have been detained in connection with the latest odour pollution in Sungai Selangor that resulted in water supply disruption to 1.2 million account holders, or almost five million consumers in the Klang Valley.

Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Fadzil Ahmat said the company directors are aged 31 and 62 and well as six workers - including four foreigners - were nabbed at about 11.30am on Wednesday (Oct 21).

"The initial investigation revealed that the contamination is believed to be from a company which specialises in repairing and selling construction machinery. We are investigating under Section 430 of the Penal Code," he said when contacted on Wednesday (Oct 21).

All eight men will be brought to the Selayang court for remand on Thursday (Oct 22), he added.

SAC Fadzil urged anyone with information to contact the nearest police station.

On Monday (Oct 19), Environment and Water Minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said Phase 1,2 and 3 of the Sungai Selangor Water Treatment Plants (LRA) and Rantau Panjang LRA were suspended due to pollution of raw water resources at 2am.

He said a preliminary investigation found that solvent was the cause of the odour pollution and that the smell of solvent was similar to the earlier incident in early September which was still under investigation.

He said the ministry had identified several industrial areas as the source of the pollution and did not rule out the dumping of solvent by illegal factories operating around Selangor

The water cut had affected 1,196,457 Air Selangor account holders in 1,292 areas in the Klang Valley.

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