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17 sue factory over water disruption

They are seeking general damages, specific damages, exemplary damages, costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.

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Seventeen people have filed suits at the High Court against a factory suspected of causing odour pollution at Sungai Gong in Rawang which led to an unscheduled disruption to water supply in several areas in the Klang Valley.

The suits were filed online by their lawyer Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz, who told reporters at the court lobby yesterday that his clients were seeking general damages, specific damages, exemplary damages, costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.

He said his clients had taken into consideration the hardships faced due to the water disruption, especially by housewives, traders and heads of households.

The first plaintiff, Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia president Ibrahim Ali, was also with Khairul.

About five million people in seven areas in the Klang Valley had their water supply disrupted after four water treatment plants were shut down due to the odour pollution on Thursday.

Sungai Gong is a tributary of Sungai Sembah which flows into Sungai Selangor. Sungai Selangor supplies raw water to the four treatment plants, namely Sungai Selangor Phase 1, 2 and 3 and Rantau Panjang.

On Saturday, police arrested four owners of a factory suspected to have caused the pollution.

Water supply to most of the affected areas has been restored.

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