AN OLD ARTICLE BELOW SHOWS NOTHING CHANGED ON WATER ISSUES SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

‘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?’