Four directors plead not guilty to Sg Kundang river pollution, harbouring illegals

SELAYANG: Four company directors have pleaded not guilty at a Sessions Court here over the pollution of Sungai Kundang in Rawang.

The three men - Ong Seng Khek, 71, Low Sze Wai, 66, and Ong Chee Ming, 34, - and a woman, Siow Lee Chen, 66, pleaded not guilty before Sessions Court judge Syafeera Mohd Said here on Monday (Nov 9).

The four were accused of having the common intention of releasing waste from the premises of their company United Fineoleo Sdn Bhd into a drain that streams into Sungai Kundang without licence.

They allegedly committed the offence at United Fineoleo, Lot 19701, Jalan KPK 1/3, Kawasan Perindustrian Kundang, Kundang Jaya in Gombak, Selangor on Oct 22.

The charge under Section 25(1) of the Environmental Quality Act 1974 carries a jail sentence of up to five years, or a fine of up to RM100,000 or both.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurul Ain Shafie offered RM50,000 bail for each of the accused.

Lawyer S.Y. Ong, who represented all the accused, said her clients were not a flight risk, as the conditional movement control order (CMCO) is ongoing.

She asked for a lower bail amount as the clients’ company has stopped operating.

“They no longer have business inside or outside of the country.

"Three of them are in their 60s and 70s and they could not afford to pay any compensation," she said.

Ong asked for a RM5,000 bail for each of the accused.

The court then fixed RM50,000 in one surety for each of the accused.

It also ordered the accused to surrender their passports to the court, report to the police station each month and for them not to come near the witnesses until the disposal of the case.

At another court, the same accused also claimed trial to harbouring eight illegal Myanmar immigrants without valid permits at the same place at 3pm on Oct 26.

They pleaded not guilty before magistrate Hafizah Rajuni.

The charge under Section 55E (2) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 carries a fine of between RM5,000 and RM30,000, or a jail term of up to 12 months or both for each illegal immigrant found at the premises.

Deputy Public prosecutor Khairunnisak Hassni offered RM5,000 bail for each of the accused.

The court fixed bail at RM5,000 in one surety for each.

The cases are set for mention on Dec 7.

Last month, it was reported that 11 people were arrested at a palm oil processing plant in connection with the pollution detected at Sungai Kundang.

Preliminary investigation by Lembaga Urus Air Selangor (LUAS) found that the odour pollution was caused by biodiesel substance of over 10 TON in the flow from the Kundang Jaya industrial area.

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