Cops form team to investigate pollution

KUALA LUMPUR – Police have formed a special team to investigate the odour pollution in the Sungai Gong industrial area in Rawang that has led to unscheduled water supply disruption for 1.2 million water account holders in the Klang Valley.

Selangor police chief Datuk Noor Azam Jamaludin said the team was set up Sept 4 after two reports were lodged in connection with the incident.

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“The team is made up of officers and personnel and also relevant parties such as the Department of Environment and the Selangor Water Management Authority (LUAS) as they have the expertise,” he told Bernama.

He said investigations were still ongoing as to whether the factory concerned had also been operating illegally, adding that the team will be investigating the case from various angles.

Noor Azam said the case is being investigated under Section 430 of the Penal Code for committing mischief.

Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari had said the factory that allegedly caused the odour pollution in four Sungai Selangor water treatment plants which had its operation suspended yesterday had been sealed and compounded.

He said the factory was alleged to have released a solvent into Sungai Gong that flows into Sungai Sembah which feeds off Sungai Selangor.

A total of 1,292 areas in the Klang Valley, Petaling, Klang/Shah Alam, Kuala Selangor, Hulu Selangor, Gombak and Kuala Langat are experiencing unscheduled water supply disruption since yesterday due to pollution at the raw water source.

— BERNAMA