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2 factory workers remanded over Sungai Selangor pollution

They are being held for investigation for allegedly committing mischief by causing a diminution in the supply of water.

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The Selayang Magistrate’s Court in Kuala Lumpur today ordered the six-day remand of two factory workers for investigations into the pollution of a river which disrupted piped water supply to 1.2 million people over the past four days.

Magistrate Nik Mohd Fadli Nik Azlan issued the remand order for the two men, aged 20 and 57, over the pollution of Sungai Gong in Rawang.

Sungai Gong is a tributary of Sungai Sembah which flows into Sungai Selangor. Sungai Selangor supplies water to four treatment plants which had to be shut down after pollution was detected on Sept 3.

The men were brought to the Selayang Courts Complex at 9.15am today. They were arrested at Jalan Batu Arang in Rawang yesterday.

They are being held for investigation in accordance with Section 430 of the Penal Code for allegedly committing mischief by causing a diminution in the supply of water for agricultural purposes, or for food or drink for human beings or animals.

The section provides for a jail term of between five and 30 years, a fine or both upon conviction.

On Sept 5, four factory managers, all brothers aged between 50 and 60, were remanded for six days until Thursday over the same issue.

The shutdown of the four treatment plants – the Sungai Selangor water treatment plants 1, 2 and 3 and the Rantau Panjang water treatment plant – disrupted piped water supply to 1,292 areas in several Klang Valley districts.

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