Three Johor firms fined RM15,000 each for dumping waste

Dumping of plastics and toxic wastes has become a major problem in Malaysia.

JOHOR BAHRU: Three waste disposal companies were fined RM15,000 each in court today for disposing of solid wastes at unauthorised areas around here from July 2018 to January this year.

The companies were Toh Loh Construction Sdn Bhd, Nine Three Three Renovation & Enterprise and CK Kim Trading.

Toh Loh Construction, represented by its director Chung Hoong Kong, pleaded guilty to dumping construction waste materials in Plentong in July last year. It was also charged with dumping household wastes at the same time, for which the company was let off with a warning.

Nine Three Three Renovation & Enterprise, represented by company manager Lee Wai Ping, pleaded guilty to dumping construction waste materials at Kampung Ladang Darat, Tanjung Kupang, on Jan 30.

CK Kim Trading, represented by its director Lee Keow Heok, pleaded guilty to dumping construction wastes on reserve land belonging to Tenaga Nasional Bhd at Taman Impian Emas, Tebrau, in November last year.

After the court hearing, the Johor Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Corporation said 26 investigation papers had been opened regarding illegal dumping of solid waste since 2018.

Corporation director Cairul Hisham Jalaluddin said 12 companies had been charged, including the three in court today.

“We are completing the investigation papers against the other 14 companies,” he said.

On the cases that were brought to court today, he said that errant companies often gave the excuse that the sanitary disposal area was too far and that a high cost is involved.

He said factories in Johor Baru, Iskandar Puteri and Kulai are required to dump their solid waste at the sanitary disposal site in Seelong, while companies in Pasir Gudang use the dumping site in Tanjung Langsat

Cairul advised the public to not throw rubbish at undesignated places. Offenders could face a fine of between RM10,000 and RM100,000, or imprisonment of up to five years if found guilty.