For FIVE YEARS the illegal factory operated and for FIVE YEARS, they were discharging pollutants into Sungai Semenyih, and every time Syabas announced water disruption and said Sungai Semenyih was polluted, they never found the culprit.
And suddenly, wham! out of the blue, they found a culprit, and it was an illegal factory, with an illegal landfill nearby to boot.
The Star reported that seven factories were inspected yesterday during a joint operations by the authorities to check on some 120 factories and plants operating along Sungai Semenyih.
“Three had their licences revoked for flouting trade licensing, waste disposal and town planning by-laws,” said MPKj public relations head Kamarul Izlan Sulaiman.
The operations was jointly conducted by MPKj, Hulu Langat Land Office and DOE, reportedThe Star.
While these authorities should be commended for finding a pollutant of Sungai Semenyih, they finally got off their behinds and started doing their jobs?
Also, what were these authorities and the exco in charge of the Selangor environment doing every time Sungai Semenyih was polluted before this?
They have to now explain exactly what were their officers doing, when thousands of people go high and dry without water for days for years? When old and invalids cried foul for having to carry pails of water up the stairs? When people lost sleep waiting for the wanter tankers?
The Star further reported that the Selangor Environment committee chairman Elizabeth Wong, said the matter would be treated as a criminal case, and added that the suspects and witnesses including the landowner were being questioned.
“The relevant agencies are preparing evidence to submit to the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
If found guilty, the culprits will be charged under Environmental Quality Act, 1974 and will face a maximum fine of RM100,000 and/or five years in jail.
Wong, on behalf of the state government, has to now answer to the people of Selangor, for she has held the portfolio not for one term, but two terms.
As the authorities read this, they – especially the politicians among them – will all say, “Were we supposed to have gone checking the factories one by one?”
The answer is a resounding “YES!”, for it involved people’s lives, work and school. On top of that, to the state government, these were their people, those who voted for them, and who did not vote for them.
The operation of checking factories along Sungai Semenyih, one of the main water sources of Selangor must be continued and not stopped, even if there is no pollution.