Exco member: Sg Semenyih pollution still at critical level

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KUALA LUMPUR: The odour pollution at the Sungai Semenyih Water Treatment Plant (WTP) is still at a critical level, says Selangor Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs Executive Councillor Elizabeth Wong.

“It is still a critical situation at this point.

“We are still pumping out the water and placing it in a pond to be treated later. But this level of contamination cannot be treated easily,” she told reporters outside the Parliament’s special chambers today.

According to Elizabeth, the contaminated water contained octabromodiphenyl ether, a flame retardant that is “very poisonous.”

She also said the Selangor state government had asked the Negeri Sembilan Department of Environment to help pump out the polluted water.

In the Dewan Rakyat earlier today, Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali (PKR-Gombak) thanked the Federal Government for wanting to work together towards finding a solution to the contamination problem.

However, tensions rose in the House when Azmin openly declared that he would not work with Urban Wellbeing, Housing, and Local Government Minister Noh Omar.

“I will not work with Tanjung Karang (Noh). I will fight him (Noh) till the very end because he has politicised the water issue.

“Even prawns died (under Noh),” Azmin said in reference to claims that Noh had participated in the commercial prawn farm project when he was the minister in charge of agriculture.

Noh retaliated, accusing Azmin of corruption. Ignoring Noh, Azmin pushed on, informing the Dewan Rakyat of a joint task force that would carry out periodic inspection of river water.