‘Wa­ter still pol­luted’

> Traces of 4-Bromo Diphenyl Ether keep be­ing de­tected: Wong

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY LEE CHOON FAI

SHAH ALAM: Con­tam­i­nated wa­ter still flows into Se­lan­gor from Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan, even af­ter 10 days of the Sun­gai Se­menyih wa­ter treat­ment plant be­ing shut down due to pol­lu­tion.

State ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lor for en­vi­ron­ment El­iz­a­beth Wong (pix) (PKR-Bukit Lan­jan) said traces of the chem­i­cal 4-Bromo Diphenyl Ether can still be de­tected by mon­i­tor­ing teams.

“As of this morn­ing, per­son­nel sta­tioned at the site could still de­tect foul odour and traces of the chem­i­cal,” Wong said yes­ter­day. She at­trib­uted this to the source of the con­tam­i­na­tion not be­ing cleaned up and reliance on tem­po­rary mea­sures to stop pol­luted wa­ter from en­ter­ing the state. The source of the con­tam­i­na­tion was iden­ti­fied near Km45.9 of the Elite high­way in Ni­lai, which was washed into Sun­gai Buah, one of the rivers whose wa­ter flows into the Sun­gai Se­menyih wa­ter treat­ment plant. Wong al­leged that Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan au­thor­i­ties were not co­op­er­a­tive and told Se­lan­gor to man­age the pol­lu­tion. She said of­fi­cers from Se­lan­gor’s Drainage and Ir­ri­ga­tion Depart­ment (DID), Pub­lic Works Depart­ment (PWD) and other agen­cies had built four bunds as an ad-hoc mea­sure to min­imise pol­lu­tion at Sun­gai Buah.

“This sys­tem was de­signed by a DID of­fi­cer at the op­er­a­tions cen­tre on site and built by the PWD. We wouldn’t have been able to re­sume wa­ter sup­ply oth­er­wise,” Wong said. She stated that 20 tonnes of ac­ti­vated car­bon had so far been used for wa­ter treat­ment on site which is not sus­tain­able.

Wong com­mended the high level of co­op­er­a­tion by the Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment Min­istry (NRE), with its deputy min­is­ter, Datuk Hamim Sa­muri, go­ing on site to sur­vey the con­tam­i­na­tion him­self.

She said the NRE agreed that there were signs of sab­o­tage from the latest in­ci­dent and urged the po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate.

Wong said, how­ever, the same can­not be said for Ur­ban Well­be­ing, Hous­ing, and Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter Tan Sri Noh Omar, who re­cently sug­gested that the Se­lan­gor govern­ment it­self sab­o­taged its wa­ter sources to gain pub­lic sym­pa­thy.

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