Anglers may have caused Sungai Selangor diesel pollution

Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari (front) inspects Sungai Selangor, the source of the diesel pollution, at Kampung Hang Tuah in Bestari Jaya today. (Bername pic.)

KUALA SELANGOR: Three individuals who were spotted fishing in Sungai Selangor, near Rantau Panjang, are suspected of having caused the fuel spill which contaminated the river.

Selangor police chief Noor Azam Jamaludin said workers from a sand dredging company at the site told police the trio were spotted fishing near a pontoon belonging to the company.

He said a preliminary investigation showed the cover of a fuel tank on the pontoon had been removed, resulting in about 100 litres of diesel flowing into the river.

Noor Azam said based on a police report lodged, the complainant from the company, Syarikat Two-B Machineries Sdn Bhd, said it could be an act of mischief.

“Two or three days ago, the company’s workers had told three anglers not to fish in the area but they had ignored the workers.

“Perhaps they were unhappy at being reprimanded and may have decided to sabotage the workers by pulling off the cover from the fuel tank,” he told reporters here today.

He said that while the company had stopped its sand dredging activities over the last two months, it had stationed its workers there to keep its machinery safe as it was not a prohibited area.

Noor Azam said police were tracking down the anglers who were reported to have gone to the location on motorcycles which had no number plates.

He said a thorough investigation was being carried out to also ascertain if the incident was due to the negligence of certain parties.

Yesterday, Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) said that diesel contamination was detected in the Sungai Selangor Phases 1, 2 and 3 and Rantau Panjang water treatment plant from the river.

It had to shut down the plants in stages from 6pm to 8.15pm but reopened them at 3.30am today.

Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar said in a Twitter post today elements of sabotage had been identified in the diesel spill at the river.

“I have been informed that elements of sabotage have been identified by the police following their investigations,” he said.

His statement came hours after the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) lodged a police report, urging the police to investigate the possibility of sabotage.