On Wednesday (29 June), Klang residents woke up to a pink Chandong river, suggesting another waste dumping in the river.
In a statement, the Selangor Water Management Authority (LUAS) said they received information about the incident from members of the public late Wednesday afternoon.
State Tourism, Environment, Green Technology, and Orang Asli Affairs Committee chairman Hee Loy Sian said investigations were conducted and they found that the water had returned to normal after high tide.
Thus, they believe that the water was contaminated early in the morning.
Meanwhile, Hee said that they suspected the contamination was from illegal waste dumping in the industrial area of Pulau Indah, Klang.
“The (red) coloured liquid is believed to have been released into a drain and flowed into the catchment area of the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) and then into the Chandong River,” said Hee.
The distance between the drain to the pollution site is around 1.32 kilometres, he added.
Hee said LUAS had conducted sampling for analysis in the laboratory to identify the contaminants.
At the same time, the authorities will continue to monitor the situation from time to time together with the agencies involved to ensure that the quality of water sources in Selangor is protected.
Meanwhile, the authorities are also working to identify the perpetrators and take appropriate action.
They also urged those who have any information in regards to such activities to report to LUAS so that immediate action can be taken.
The Selangor state government said that they will not take such actions lightly and the provision of the LUAS Enactment 1999 will be used against the offender.