Penang has laws to deal with river polluters, especially illegal factories

Penang has laws to deal with river polluters, especially illegal factories
Goh Choon Aik (PKR – Bukit Tambun) had asked state Infrastructure Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari on what laws were used to deal with river polluters such as illegal industries and farming activities.- NSTP/MIKAIL ONG

Penang has laws to deal with river polluters, especially illegal factories

GEORGE TOWN: The state legislative assembly was today told there were laws to deal with environmental criminals, including those who pollute Penang rivers.

Goh Choon Aik (PKR – Bukit Tambun) had asked state Infrastructure Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari on what laws were used to deal with river polluters such as illegal industries and farming activities.

He said the existing laws were only used against legal factories.

To this, Zairil (DAP – Tanjung Bungah) said, besides the often enforced Environmental Quality Act (EQA) 1974), there were other laws under the local authorities such as the Local Government Act to deal with illegal factories as well as the Penang Water Supply Enactment 2004.





“So, we also have laws to deal with illegal factories which pollute our rivers,” he said today.

The New Straits Times, in a four-part special report recently, had reported that of the seven main rivers in Penang, six were in Class III, according to the Water Quality Index (WQI) readings from 2016 to 2022.

It was also reported that 26 of 33 river tributaries that flowed into the seven main rivers were slightly polluted or polluted based on the WQI.

According to the Penang River Quality 2021 (interim) data released by the state DoE, 21 of the river tributaries were slightly polluted, five were polluted and seven were clean.


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Zairil, responding to Goh’s question on the quality of rivers in Penang, said the majority of rivers in the state were in Class III.

He said the dominant parameter which polluted the state’s rivers was Ammoniakal Nitrogen.

“There are many causes of pollution of our rivers, such as Sungai Pinang, Sungai Juru, Sungai Junjung and Sungai Jawi.

“Among them are pollution from point sources, that is from food premises, small industries, vehicle workshops, sewage and domestic waste discharge, especially in traditional settlements.

“Action is being taken by various agencies against river polluters.





“All technical agencies must join forces in tackling the issue of river cleanliness to realise our agenda to green the river flow,” he added.

On a separate issue, Zairil said the proposed Bayan Lepas light rail transit (LRT) project was at the pre-qualification process to identify interested and capable companies to undertake the project.

He said the pre-qualification process would be implemented in the second quarter of this year, followed by the Request For Proposal (RFP) in the third quarter of this year.

“Penang will appoint the most eligible company to implement this project.

“Besides technical aspect proposals, the companies participating in the RFP should also propose a funding model to implement the LRT.





“For example, interested companies can propose recoupment and land swap among others,” he said when responding to a question by A. Kumaresan (PKR – Batu Uban).

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Penang has laws to deal with river polluters, especially illegal factories

 






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