Four deny polluting river


SELAYANG: Four company directors have claimed trial in the Sessions Court here over the pollution of Sungai Kundang in Rawang.

The three men – Ong Seng Khek, 71, Low Sze Wai, 66, Ong Chee Ming, 34 – and a woman, Siow Lee Chen, 66, pleaded not guilty before judge Syafeera Mohd Said yesterday.

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

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, a fine of up to RM100,000, or both, upon conviction.

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

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

She asked for a lower bail of RM5,000 as her clients’ company had already stopped operating.

Legal trouble: The company directors being escorted away after they were charged. — BernamaLegal trouble: The company directors being escorted away after they were charged. — Bernama

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

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

At a separate court, the four also claimed trial to harbouring eight illegal Myanmar immigrants 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, a prison term not exceeding 12 months or both for each illegal immigrant found at the premises, upon conviction.

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

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 investigations by Lembaga Urus Air Selangor (LUAS) found that the odour was caused by a biodiesel-like substance weighing in at over 10 tonnes in the flow from the Kundang Jaya industrial area.

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