Expert: Tackle pollution in drainage system first

Source: The Star Online

Disgusting sight: A large amount of rubbish trapped by the log boom in Sungai Pinang in Jalan Sungai, Penang. — CHIN CHENG YEANG/The Star

Disgusting sight: A large amount of rubbish trapped by the log boom in Sungai Pinang in Jalan Sungai, Penang. — CHIN CHENG YEANG/The Star

PETALING JAYA: River pollution should be tackled upstream where the drains are, said Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) River Engineering and Urban Drainage Research Centre director Prof Dr Nor Azazi Zakaria.

Dr Nor Azazi said it would be pointless cleaning rivers if drains flowing into them continued to be dirty.

“There needs to be a sustainable design to trap and collect rubbish from flowing downstream. Clean drains mean clean rivers.

“The Government has also spent so much to maintain our rivers and to collect rubbish. We need to re-look our enforcement measures to overcome this.

“If rubbish keeps being dumped into drains and rivers, it would affect a river’s stability – the riverbed, river capacity and equilibrium would all be influenced adversely.

“Secondly, it will also affect water supply downstream and the aquatic life in the river,” he said.

Dr Nor Azizi said it was high time the Government seriously considered including the environment in the school curriculum, starting from the lower levels. Read more

Our dying rivers: An average of 2,200 tonnes pollute rivers monthly despite campaigns

Source: The Star Online

Dirty and stinky: Contract workers wading through the waters at the downstream of Batu River in Selangor to clear trash trapped at the log boom. – ROYCE TAN/The Star

Dirty and stinky: Contract workers wading through the waters at the downstream of Batu River in Selangor to clear trash trapped at the log boom. – ROYCE TAN/The Star

IPOH: Every second, someone is dumping rubbish into Malaysian waterways and an average of 2,200 tonnes of rubbish is being collected every month from traps built across rivers in the country.

In just the upper part of Sungai Klang, which includes Sungai Gombak and Sungai Batu, a total of 21 tonnes of rubbish is collected monthly.

The rubbish is collected from 11 trash screens built across rivers, and from 500 gross pollutant traps built in drains to prevent rubbish from flowing into rivers.

“This means that every day, people along the upper areas of Sungai Klang are throwing 700kg of rubbish into drains and rivers,” said Malaysian Water Partnership (MyWP) vice-chairman Datuk Hanapi Mohamad Noor.

“Despite numerous programmes and campaigns by the authorities, including the ‘Love Our River’ campaign launched more than 10 years ago, not much progress has been achieved,” he said in an interview. Read more

Putrajaya to push for temporary suspension of bauxite exports from Pahang, minister says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Earlier this month when raising a petition seeking Parliament’s intervention on the issue, PKR’s Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh said an estimated 44 companies are exporting some 15 million tonnes of bauxite out of Pahang to China each month. — Reuters pic

Earlier this month when raising a petition seeking Parliament’s intervention on the issue, PKR’s Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh said an estimated 44 companies are exporting some 15 million tonnes of bauxite out of Pahang to China each month. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 16 — The federal government today agreed to a suggestion to temporarily suspend the export of bauxite from Pahang until proper regulations are in place to keep the industry in check.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said he is agreeable to the suggestion made by PKR’s Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh, though he stressed that this would require the buy in from Pahang state government.

“We will meet with the state government to discuss the matter,” he said when winding up points raised during the Budget 2016 debate.

Earlier when interjecting, Fuziah stressed that Pahang’s capital city of Kuantan is suffering from heavy pollution caused by illegal mining operations that have mushroomed to meet high demand for the mineral.

She claimed that mining activities have also left a large amount of dust that has allegedly led to a spike in the number of asthma attacks and skin disease among children in the area.

Bauxite is an aluminium ore and considered the world’s main source of the metal. Read more