‘I have no confidence in the Environmental Quality Act 1974 provisions alone at all – it is treating these violent symptoms with kid gloves!
And water is essential for life and unless more punitive actions are initiated with those who threaten this resources, and those who are aiding, abetting through corruption and incompetence starting with this case – it is another big setback to righting a wrong!
Enough is enough!
Heads should roll.
The number of illegal structures operating alongside sensitive water resources is mind boggling.
Are you saying no one in Selangor is aware of this matter?
Who are the cartels, the criminal groups and black hands behind all these?
We have no shame, no honor, dignity or empathy?
Today unlike in the late 70s – 80s, we have various amendments made under the Local Government Act 1976, we have the Environment Quality Act 1974 we have Section 121 of the Water Supply Act 2006, Section 277 of the Penal Code – not enough?
Why not use the laws on terrorism or other security laws as water is a national security issue, and the terror unleashed on more than 1.2 million consumers!
My call now:
Demolish all structures, more so illegals alongside all river and water catchment areas up to over 500 meters!
Set up a Task Force of eminent personalities who have addressed these issues with commitment and dedication.
Give them powers to conduct a comprehensive cleanout, and list all those who directly, indirectly, through proxies and omission, corruption, incompetence had brought the state to this stage putting over 1.2 million consumers lives at risk!
So where do we go from here, newly minted YB Minister?’ – Prof Dr Jacob George
AN OLD ARTICLE BELOW SHOWS NOTHING CHANGED ON WATER ISSUES SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE
Consumerist: Remove All Factories & Economic Activities alongside Rivers & Water Catchment Areas!
At one time in the past the Environment Quality Act 1974 was the principal legislation in Malaysia to prevent, abate, and control pollution.
Malaysia is aware from the onset that the command and control mechanism alone is insufficient to address pollution problem in the country.
Hence, does the Act incorporate provisions containing punitive as well as economic measures for the control of effluents discharge into the environment?
And has it worked?
If it had, will we be having contaminating industry operating alongside rivers?
The local council authorities, in fact law enforcement authorities have failed to perform their duties to strictly ban the operation of illegal factories and all factories in close proximity to water catchment areas and rivers!
Now the illegals – why are they even operating – and – who is been paid monthly to close one or both eyes?
The recent disaster in Selangor also show corruption is well and alive in Malaysia!
As a result, 4 water treatment plants were shut down after diesel oil was found to have contaminated Sungai Selangor, affecting residents in Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, Klang, Shah Alam, Gombak, Hulu Selangor, Kuala Langat and Kuala Selangor.
The victims due to the shutdown were over 1 million consumers made up of household users, businesses, and among them restaurants, eateries, hotels, hospitals all thrown in a state of chaos!
They all suffered economic loss too!
The federal authorities’ response at that tragedy was weak at best with the contamination blamed prematurely on an overturned tanker!
But I want to congratulate the local authority in Selangor for immediately shutting down the water treatment plants and accelerating a clean-up and repairing work which is lauded!
But what happens now?
Will all these be forgotten like the last time?
As far as I can remember, the first scare was in 1983 when a few drums containing pesticides were dumped along rivers in the East Coast?
There was panic then and thank GOD, we located those drums before damage was caused – but based on the recent cork-up – our authorities and enforcement officials have forgotten that incident and are still sleeping on the job!
I wrote on it and it was carried in the Letters column in all mainstream newspapers!
I thank Home Minister, Tan Sri Musa Hitam and others who motivated and encouraged me not to give up.
As far as this criminal spillage is concerned – I have gone on record on the onset of this matter that we must use the penal code criminalizing these actions of owners of such industry – this is not a request – this is a must!
We should have used Section 117 to arrest the owners of this factory and others for a comprehensive investigation which would have caused a major fear tsunami, among others who were doing the same!
I have no confidence in the Environmental Quality Act, 1974 provisions at all – it is treating these violent symptoms with kid gloves!
And water is essential for life and unless a more punitive action is initiated with those who threaten this resources, starting with this case – it is another big setback to righting a wrong!
So where do we go from here, YB Minister?’
‘Or as I have repeatedly stated and gone on record on national television, that the lack of attention, reckless driving, lack of proper protection, speeding, bad personal habits, social and behavioral misconduct and inconsiderate drivers of larger vehicles are some of the problems that cause accidents.’
WHO’S FINANCING THE FAKE NEWS THAT DRUNK DRIVING IS THE CAUSE OF ALL ACCIDENTS/FATALITIES IN MALAYSIA?
The latest obsession in Malaysia is to play up isolated accidents and fatalities as alcohol related!
It is a concerted conspiracy by various vested groups.
But what happened to the larger statistics of deaths caused without the presence of either alcohol or drugs but simply recklessness?
What about the cases of a bus plunging into a ravine or involved in a highway collision resulting in body bags of fatalities, which gets reported by gets no attention from Malaysian politicians?
What about the fatalities of an entire family because of driving recklessness?
What about the arrogant, criminal intimidation by Rempits on our roads and highways and these days by those involved in the gig economy as they speed, cut lanes, damage vehicles, cause accidents not getting a mention by these puritans?
These politicians supported by a media whom they control want to be in the news constantly and the only way is to manipulate the news across race and religion.
What sells well than race, religion and attacking Malaysian minorities?
Perhaps, some are having dreams to be Malaysia’s next Prime Minister instead of addressing issues under their ministerial portfolio.
I have addressed the whole issue of road carnage in Malaysia comprehensively.
Go check my blog at www.drjacobgeorge
But do not play up an isolated incident using it in a ‘political conspiracy and weaponise’ it to harm the lifestyles and rights of those who are not from your religious and racial persuasion.
Right let us get to the facts.
Is alcohol the cause of the huge number of fatalities in Malaysia?
Or is the abuse of substance and drug addiction also a probable cause?
Or as I have repeatedly stated and gone on record that the lack of attention, reckless driving, lack of proper protection, speeding, bad personal habits, social and behavioral misconduct and inconsiderate drivers of larger vehicles are some of the problems that cause accidents.
In Malaysia, motorcycle fatal accidents (60%) warrant a high degree of concern.
Can the real non compromised media practitioners please prove me wrong?
I have always advocated heavy penalties.
And the law is clear so please media do not play one up and another down.
Under Section 45(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987, those who drive under the influence of liquor or drugs (liquor or drugs – mind you) can be punished with a fine not exceeding RM1,000 and shall also be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months.
Why have we not regularly checked for drugs and substance abuse by drivers of commercial and heavy vehicles which includes busses?
I have for the last 12 years lobbied for this.
So we do not need busy body prime minister ‘wannna-be’ politicians to urge the freezing of new licenses for the sale of liquor pending new guidelines and laws nor the banning of alcohol in Malaysia.
All we need as Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin stated the current legislation to be tightened and the penalties heavy with mandatory jail terms, heavy fines and a driving ban up to 5 years!
I just cannot understand why certain Malaysian media publicize such idiotic statements, when the statements made does not provide concrete answers based on facts, figures or the current reality of road carnage in Malaysia.