IPOH: The Perak Mineral and Geoscience Department (JMG) has denied that the blasts and tremors experienced in Ipoh and several parts of Perak were connected to quarry activities.
Perak JMG director Ahmad Zukni Ahmad Khalil said quarry activities in the state were carried out and controlled by the Perak Quarry Rules 1992.
“The rules clearly impose tight conditions on quarrying activities involving blasts, like the permitted level of explosion and tremors.
“Every quarry activity must have a quarrying scheme prepared by a competent consultant engineer and all applications for quarry operations in Perak will be brought to the quarry advisory committee chaired by the director of the Land and Mines (PTG) office,” he said.
Zukni was speaking at a press conference on the recent blasts in the state which have been connected to quarrying activities and which has gone viral on social media.
He stressed that quarrying activities in the state were also monitored by the relevant departments like the PTG as well as police, especially blasts and other technical aspects.
He added that Perak JMG had inspected nearby quarry sites in Simpang Pulai to ensure they were not connected to the blasts.
He added that the source of the blasts and tremors was still a mystery but denied they were connected to any earthquakes.
Meanwhile, honorary life president of the Perak State Quarry Association Musa Nordin, who was also at the press conference, said the quarry industry abided by the tight standard operating procedures.
“We need to get the approval of the Minerals and Geoscience Department, the Lands and Mines Department and the police before we can purchase explosives and carry out quarry explosions,” he said.
There are 76 quarries in Perak, operating in Ipoh, Manjung, Batang Padang and Kuala Kangsar.