Sabotage behind Sungai Selangor diesel spill, says minister

Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar.

PETALING JAYA: Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar today said elements of sabotage have been identified in the diesel spill at Sungai Selangor.

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

This comes hours after the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) lodged a police report on the matter, urging the police to investigate the possibility of sabotage.

SPAN chairman Charles Santiago had said the act of polluting a water source is a crime punishable under Section 121 (1) of the Water Services Industry Act, and that stern action would be taken against the perpetrator.

“SPAN also hopes the Selangor state government will end concessions with sand contractors should they be found to be involved in this incident of pollution,” he said in a statement.

All four major water treatment plants in the state were forced to close yesterday evening for the second time in three days after pollution from diesel oil was found in Sungai Selangor.

They were also closed on Friday following odour pollution at the Sungai Selangor raw water source.

Water concessionaire Pengurusan Air Selangor said operations resumed at about 3.30am today.

Selangor-owned sand mining company Kumpulan Semesta said today that it had detected a diesel oil spill at Sungai Selangor although it stopped short of taking blame for the occurrence.