GOMBAK: As four suspects were remanded over the pollution that caused the widespread shutdown of water supply in the Klang Valley, police revealed that the premises implicated was rented out as a store two weeks ago.
Police and other enforcement agencies inspected the rented shoplot in Jalan Velox 2, Rawang, that was believed to store the chemicals dumped into a sewage hole in the building which flowed to the IWK treatment plant located nearby, leading to widespread water cuts.
Gombak OCPD Asst Comm Arifai Tarawe said the odour in the plant was the same as that found inside the building.
Checks showed about 40 barrels of chemicals were still kept inside the shoplot.
ACP Arifai said police estimated each barrel to contain about 1,000 litres of chemicals.
He said the element of sabotage, as claimed by the Selangor government, is being investigated.
“I do not deny, and based on the findings so far here at the scene, the possibility of sabotage. We will investigate further.
“We are also investigating if further arrests are warranted, ” he told reporters in Taman Velox.
State tourism, environment, green technology and Orang Asli affairs committee chairman Hee Loy Sian had claimed sabotage over the latest odour pollution in Sungai Selangor on Tuesday, which forced the shutdown of four treatment plants supplying piped water to about 1,139,008 accounts in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
ACP Arifai said the type of chemical will be determined through a lab test.
“The place was only rented out as a store two weeks ago. The first payment for rent was about RM3,800.
“We are still investigating the nature of the business, ” he said.
Asked if strict action will be taken against other illegal factories around the area, he said that enforcement is not just under the purview of the police.
Earlier in the day, four suspects, including a local woman, linked with the contamination were arrested and will be remanded until Tuesday.
Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Fadzil Ahmat said acting on latest reports of water pollution, police made arrests in Gombak, Damansara and Kelana Jaya.
He said investigations showed that the registered tenant of the shoplot was the woman.
A 33-year-old Bangladeshi and a local man who stockpiled the chemicals at the rented premises were among those picked up, he said in a statement yesterday.
SAC Fadzil said the dumped chemicals were believed to have caused the pollution.
The Selangor Water Management Authority said the source of the pollution might be solvents found in Sungai Selangor, which caused operations at water treatment plants in Rantau Panjang and Sungai Selangor’s Phase 1,2 and 3 to be halted from 12.45pm on Tuesday.
Barely a month ago, a similar incident in Sungai Selangor led to water cuts in the Klang Valley as well.