MB orders council to close mining pool after drowning tragedy

Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari says closure is necessary as several drowning cases have been reported there and it is a popular fishing site. (Bernama pic)

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor government today ordered the Sepang Municipal Council to close down the mining pool in Taman Putra Perdana, Puchong, once the search-and-rescue (SAR) operation for the teenager reported drowned there is completed.

Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari said the closure was necessary as several drowning cases had been reported there, with the latest being the six firefighters, who were part of the SAR operations last night.

“I received a report that this drowning at the mining pool was not the first. I have instructed the Sepang Municipal Council to increase security surveillance, including closing off the area.

“The closure will take effect as soon as the SAR operations, now being conducted there, are completed,” he told reporters after meeting the family members of the firefighters at the Fire and Rescue Station in Section 15 here today.

Present was director-general of the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department Mohamad Hamdan Wahid.

Amirudin said he also ordered the municipal council to close the route to the mining pool, which is a popular fishing site.

“I understand that there is a jetty at the mining pool, which is now being upgraded to become a water catchment site.

“The jetty is not for fishing purposes. If members of the public want to fish, I advise them to find a safer location,” he said.

Amirudin also said the Selangor government had agreed to contribute RM20,000 to each family of the firefighters who died in the incident.

He said the contribution was to honour them and to lighten the burden faced by their families.

“We appreciate their contributions and sacrifices and hope this will lighten their burden,” he said.

Two of the firefighters were from the Shah Alam fire station while four others were from the Port Klang fire station.