Pontoon boss and worker held over oil spill in Sg Selangor

“They were detained because their statements were confusing,”

SUBANG JAYA: Two men, including a pontoon manager who had earlier lodged a police report regarding the oil spill in Sungai Selangor, have been detained by the police.

Police arrested the manager and his worker on Wednesday as part of their ongoing investigations into the oil spill at the Bestari Jaya stretch of Sungai Selangor.

“They were detained because their statements were confusing,” said Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Noor Azam Jamaludin after closing the Act of Aggression seminar and training at Saujana Hotel here yesterday.

The manager’s previous police report stated that anglers, who were caught fishing near the pontoon, opened the cover of an oil tank on the pontoon to allow fuel to spill into the river just before the contamination happened.

“We want to get more details on the incident. They were detained at the scene (Sungai Selangor) on Wednesday. The suspected anglers were based on his reports and we are still verifying it’s validity,” he said.

Comm Noor Azam also said that investigations did not reveal any elements of gangsterism.

“I feel that there are no elements of gangsterism. It’s a fishing area. There are three areas to enter and one of them is controlled by Rela,” he said.

The incident, which occurred 6km from the Sungai Selangor Phase 2 water treatment plant, forced the Sungai Selangor Phases 1, 2 and 3 and the Rantau Panjang water treatment plants to be shut down on Sunday.

This resulted in an abrupt water disruption in the state.

Meanwhile, the Water, Land and Natural Resources Ministry will study activities along Sungai Selangor, such as sand mining and agriculture, after back-to-back cases of odour pollution and diesel spill forced the closure of the Sungai Selangor Phase 2 water treatment plant.

Its minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar said the source of the pollution that led to water cuts in seven regions across Selangor could be from sand mining or other activity close to the river.

“If anything happens upstream, all plants will have to shut down. This is what happened in the last two weeks (in Selangor),” he said at the soft launch of the Malaysia International Water Convention 2019 at the Pantai 2 Sewage Treatment Plant yesterday.

He said the ministry was studying whether to allow these activities to carry on or to enforce stringent regulations before an operating licence was issued.

This included agricultural activities in oil palm plantations, he said.

“Every river has a reserve and we have to recognise and protect it.

“You should not plant along the reserve, but some companies have planted to the edge of the river, and all these plantations and agricultural industries use a lot of pesticide, manure and fertilisers which find their way into water,” Dr Jayakumar said.

He said the authorities must ensure the buffer zones were in place and were followed strictly to avoid any infringement.

 

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