Same chemical used to contaminate river, says exco member


PETALING JAYA: A Selangor exco member today said the water contamination the state was experiencing was nothing more than a political ploy to sabotage the PKR-led administration.

In a report in Sin Chew Daily, Ean Yong Hian Wah said investigations into such incidences, both past and present, revealed that the same chemical was used to contaminate the rivers.

Ean Yong, who is in charge of local government, new village development and the legalising of factories, further alleged that when the state government began keeping tabs on illegal factories, saboteurs would “switch tactics” by polluting rivers in other states.

“Even without the illegal factories in Selangor, the water would still be contaminated if there are those who want to sabotage (the state’s water treatment plants),” the Chinese daily quoted him as saying.

He said this in response to claims that the state government had failed to check the mushrooming of illegal factories, which has been blamed for the current water woes in Selangor.

Ean Yong, however, did not deny that illegal factories have been operating near Selangor’s rivers especially in remote areas which made it difficult for authorities to detect.

Several areas within Selangor and Kuala Lumpur are facing water disruption following the temporary closure of the Semenyih, Langat and Cheras water treatment plants due to odour pollution in Sungai Semenyih and Pahang’s Sungai Semantan.

Ean Yong’s allegation echoes that of Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali, who on Sunday alleged that the contamination of Sungai Semenyih was an act of sabotage in an attempt to weaken the state government, as the general election was nearing.

Azmin said Lembaga Urus Air Selangor had lodged a police report over the contamination.

The Department of Environment, however, has not found any elements of foul play in its preliminary investigations.