Pahang keeping an eye on dangerous waste, assembly told

Workers carrying out checks on waste dumping in Johor in March. (Bernama pic)

KUANTAN: A committee to monitor disposal of dangerous waste was set up in Pahang after incidents of industrial pollution at Sungai Kim Kim in Pasir Gudang, Johor, in March, the state assembly was told today.

State executive councillor Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin said Pahang was the first state to set up such a committee.

It would ensure that all relevant agencies acted quickly and efficiently in the disposal of hazardous waste. The first meeting was held on July 5 to discuss follow-up action based on input from the Remote Sensing Agency derived from satellite image observations, he said.

Mohd Sharkar said all agencies involved must verify within a month and then ensure that swift action could be implemented in case of any untoward incidents involving the disposal of hazardous waste.

He said the state government closely monitors activities in industrial areas, especially those with heavy and medium-sized industries, as part of efforts to check pollution.

Among the areas involved are the Gebeng Industrial Estate, Kuantan Port and Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park, and Semambu Industrial Estate in Kuantan, and Bentong and Mentakab industrial estates in Temerloh.

State executive councillor Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin.

“The state’s Department of Environment also conducts annual enforcement and periodic inspection of factories with potential to pollute the environment, including having field checks and requiring a compliance report from a third-party auditor,” he said.

Mohd Sharkar was answering a question from Lee Chin Chen (PH-Bilut), who wanted to know the actions taken by the government to prevent industrial pollution in the state.