Water woes: Illegal factories discharging wastes are 'major contributors' to river pollution, says Selangor MCA

KLANG: Illegal factories discharging wastes are 'major contributors' to river pollution causing Selangor's repeated water woes and unscheduled water cuts, says state MCA chief Datuk Ng Chok Sin (pic).

He said the bold occurrence of these acts highlights the ineffective monitoring by the Pakatan Harapan state government.

Ng said Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari had recently pointed out that in the last one week, Lembaga Urusan Air Selangor (LUAS) had successfully averted four water pollution incidents and that it was suspected a “third party” had dumped oil at a stagnant water area.

"The Selangor state government's explanation is irrational.

"The perpetrators must be dealt with sternly and monitoring of the raw water sources must be enhanced to prevent contamination of rivers and water disruption.

"There is nothing to be 'suspicious' about a so-called 'third-party'," said Ng in a statement Thursday (Oct 29).

He added that the Selangor government must buck up its efforts in ensuring the state's water sources do not get contaminated.

He said it was inadequate monitoring and absence of coordination among agencies related to water services in Selangor that caused frequent river contamination.

"Coupled with insufficient water reserves, once the raw water source is contaminated, there is no alternative source resulting in regular water supply being destabilised," said Ng.

He added this was the main reason why Selangor and Klang Valley suffered frequent water cuts which have become a long-term failure of the state Pakatan Harapan state government.

He said Amirudin must not shirk his responsibilities in ensuring this does not repeat as Selangor and Klang Valley residents have endured countless pains owing to unplanned dry taps.

"They do not want excuses, but just a simple, permanent solution," said Ng.

He also asked if the state's investment arm, Invest Selangor Bhd, regarded seriously the environmental pollution that may have been caused by investments in the state.

Ng added that illegal factories in the state had blatantly caused contamination many times.

"For too long, the construction and operations of these illegal factories in broad daylight have escaped action by the authorities.

"Are law enforcement agencies in Selangor ignorant, not doing their jobs or simply have their eyes 'wide shut'?" asked Ng.

He added it was time for the state authorities to come up with practical solutions to resolve the problem.

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