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Monday, December 05, 2005

Do not eat fish from the ponds and Jinjang River near the dumpsites

DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong calls on the Government to investigate the state of health of the people in the Kepong constituency especially Jinjang North and the effects of pollution on vegetations and fish in the ponds and Jinjang River near the dumpsites.

Dr Tan talked to an angler who caught three big catfish (over two feet) from a pond near the Taman Beringin dumpsite on 4 November, 2005. He took about an hour for the catch.

Jinjang North has had two dumpsites for over 30 years, taking most of the rubbish from Kuala Lumpur. The dumpsite at Taman Beringin follows the closure of the site nearby. The waste gives rise to toxic chemicals such as dioxin and methane, affecting fauna and flora.

The Government says it wants to close down the dumpsite. As it is difficult to find alternative sites, dumpings continue. The leachage treatment plant has been abandoned.

The untreated leachage flows into ponds that adjoin Jinjang River. Catfish, which are bottom-feeders, thrives while other types of fish die. The angler from Myanmar and others fish in the area on Sundays and other holidays. Dr Tan has advised them against eating the fish. But, would they listen to the advice?

The Government should investigate the effects of pollution on the fauna and flora and take measures to protect people against fishing and eating fish from the polluted ponds and river. Let us clean up the ponds and river.


At 10:18 AM, Blogger ch said...

YB Tan,

Although Malaysia has its share of environmental problems from mining and timbering, industrial pollution receives increasingly keen attention. Barely a few months ago, rising pollution from increases in total suspended particulates are one problem but we are however, brought to attention that the main cause of the problem originated from a neighbouring country. At a conference which I attended some 24 months ago, a speaker mentioned that although rising sewage and animal wastes are the largest contributors of organic water pollution, the government estimates the following breakdown of industrial polluters viz:-

40% from food processors,
35% from rubber and palm oil industries,
12% from industrial chemicals and electronics and
9% from textiles.

The other issue which I want to bring you to focus is that the major industrial sources of water pollution are concentrated on the west coast of Malaysia, with thereabout 50% of the major sources found in the states of Selangor, Johore and Penang. If I am correct, a conservative estimates of Malaysia's environmental goods and services market totalled some RM2 billion a year and arising out of which, water treatment and supply equalled roughly one-third of the figure given. Not forgetting wastewater treatment (municipal and industrial) forms 25%, solid waste management at 6% and toxic waste at 7%.

I believe the DOE is primarily responsible for standard setting, monitoring and of course, enforcing pollution regulations. If you had not already know that the former Environmental Quality (1989) Regulations been replaced in September 15, 2005. One has to reconcile with the fact that because of DOE's staff numbers less than 700, of whom maybe less than 350 are inspectors, one could not expect them to be everywhere to nab environmental culprits / offenders unless a more concerted and awareness efforts be given priority by the society itself.

After 48 years of independence the level of environmental awareness is still at the incubator stage.


At 11:55 PM, Blogger harlim said...

Cheap cheap.

No surprise as DBKL has been using old mining ponds as a dumpsite. A classic example is the KL High School which used to be located in High street just beside the KL Traffic Police in Leboh Petaling ( Cannot understand why Petaling Street is called Jalan Petaing whereas in Penang all thed streets are named as Lebuh??)High School was shifted to Hot Spring dumpsite. No treatment was done to the dumpsite as compare to a proper landfill which required a impervious clay layer and HDPE liners. As the result, contaminated leaches into the ground water which forms part of the base flow to the rivers and stream .

At 6:34 PM, Blogger Benjamin said...



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