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SG KIM KIM POLLUTION AND FAILURE TO CARRY OUT RESPONSIBILITY

PRESS RELEASE
Date: 14TH MARCH 2019 (THURSDAY)

SG KIM KIM POLLUTION AND FAILURE TO CARRY OUT RESPONSIBILITY

Association of Water and Energy Research Malaysia (AWER) is shocked with the revelation by Director General of Fire and Rescue Department in media that the relevant government agencies decided to leave the chemicals that caused Sg Kim Kim incident unattended due to high cost of cleaning. This is the most idiotic and irresponsible decision. Every chemical can be evaluated and potential harm will be known. How did the responsible agencies come to the conclusion that this chemical should be left as it is?

Section 47 of Environment Quality Act gives Department of Environment (DOE) the power of recovery of costs and expenses, “Where any segment or element of the environment is polluted by any person in contravention of this Act or regulations made thereunder the Director General may take such action as is necessary to remove, disperse, destroy or mitigate the pollution and may recover from that person all costs and expenses in connection herewith”.

AWER has quoted this section numerous times whenever pollution occurs. Therefore, there is no room for excuse from minister in charge, relevant government agencies as well as their respective senior officials that they are not aware of this section. Due to this news report revelation of serious negligence of duty, we would like to urge the Federal Government to investigate this incident transparently and dismiss the Minister in charge, Director General of DOE and Johor DOE Director immediately as they have taken the lives of innocent members of public so lightly. We hope the Federal Government act swiftly.

Piarapakaran S.
President
Association of Water and Energy Research Malaysia (AWER)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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