The repeated unscheduled water cuts in Klang Valley due to pollution in Sungai Selangor are a disgrace and the public have valid reason to be outraged over the latest water disruption.
Selangor Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Hee Loy Sian must be rebuked for the persistent problems.
We are fed up with his line of continuously asking offenders to follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) as if offenders had been following the SOP, this would not keep happening.
Factories have no reason to be located near waterways. The Selangor state government must take concrete action to relocate factories which have caused the water sources to be polluted.
The unscheduled water disruption not only inconvenienced thousands of consumers but also jeopardised economic activities.
Millions of ringgit would have been wiped out as production was severely disrupted by the water disruption.
How can we attract investors to Selangor when its state government cannot even handle a basic matter like water supplies and clean water?
It is shocking that state authorities have not taken sterner action to deter offenders from committing these acts.
I do not think they are doing enough to put a stop to this persistent problem.
State authorities have been lackadaisical in dealing with factories that pour dangerous chemicals into drains and rivers.
The decent thing to do for Hee, who is also the PKR assemblyman for Kajang, would be to quit as a state executive council member if he is not able to handle the job.
The next time this happens, is he going to say the same thing and tell offenders to "please follow the SOP?".
His excuse no longer holds water.
MCA will support any amendments to the Environmental Quality Act 1974 and other legislative Acts to have heftier punishments for offenders.
From MCA spokesman CHAN QUIN ER
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