Factory fined, sealed for polluting Sg Selangor

The Malaysian Insight

State exco Hee Loy Sian (in light blue shirt) and local council officials visit the Bestari Jaya factory, which manufactures bathroom supplies, near Sg Selangor, in Selangor, yesterday. – The Malaysian Insight pic, March 28, 2020..

A FACTORY was shuttered and its owners were fined after diesel from the facility was found to have polluted Sungai Selangor, triggering the shutdown of three major water treatment plants yesterday morning.

Selangor executive councilor Hee Loy Sian said storage drums at the Bestari Jaya factory, which manufactures bathroom supplies, were found to be leaking diesel into a drain that fed into a tributary of the river.

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  • The authorities should enact laws and regulations to punish any business or factory which pollutes sources of raw water intake including rivers and waterways. Penalties need to be increased. Not only fines but a mandatory shutdown of the premises and a revocation of the guilty party's business licence and the premises operating licence. On top of that, the name of the offending party must be made public and listed in the local authorities website for all to see. That way the public will shun their products because they have caused hardship and costly disruptions to the livelihoods and well being of everyone in the affected areas. This lack of civic consciousness must be punished and the regulations strictly enforced.

    Posted 4 months ago by Panchen Low

  • Only a fine for an evil mistake that could have deprived 5mil consumers of water? The state govt is not getting serious with his responaibility! The authority is sending a wrong message to the factories owners. There will be more to come with this ineffective law governing the the industry on pollution. Its not punishing the factory ownersits protecting the factory owners and foregoing mass public interest.

    Posted 4 months ago by James Wong