Stop the blame game, Noh fires Azmin

 |Oct 25, 2016
Noh Omar challenged Azmin Ali to lodge police report if he had any evidence over his allegations on BN's sabotage on Semenyih River pollution.
Noh Omar challenged Azmin Ali to lodge a police report if he had any evidence to back his allegation that BN was behind the Sungai Semenyih river pollution.

Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali was asked to stop the blame game and focus on solving the state’s water crisis.

Selangor Umno chief Noh Omar slammed Azmin on his allegations that Barisan Nasional (BN) was behind the contamination of Sungai Semenyih, affecting the state’s water supply.

“Sabotaging is not BN’s style and we don’t play dirty politics.

“Azmin should stop playing the blame game because this would not help his government,” said Noh who is also the Selangor BN Chief.

Azmin made the accusation after attending the ground-breaking ceremony for the Labohan Dagang water treatment plant near Banting last week.

“I want to tell Azmin we don’t play dirty to win elections and we don’t want to cause inconvenience to the people to win. You (Azmin) better focus on solving the problem.

“I challenge him to make a police report or to any relevant authorities. If he has proof, then why wait?” the Tanjong Karang MP said.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has said that initial investigations by the Department of Environment (DOE) showed that waste water released by factories at Nilai industrial park did not violate the Environment Quality Act 1974.

“Three locations were selected for sampling along the river to ensure the results from different parameters could be compared with the Malaysia National Water Quality Standard.

“We did not find any elements of sabotage over the pollution,” Wan Junaidi said.

The Santobung MP also urged Azmin to lodge a police report if he suspected elements of sabotage.

However Azmin, who is also the Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman, had a backer in the state Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs Executive Councillor Elizabeth Wong, who said the solvent found dumped at a site in Nilai was proof of sabotage.

“We believe pollutants were discharged intentionally with full knowledge that the drain led to the border of Selangor and the intake point of the plant.”

Selangor was recently hit with a major water crisis due to pollution which lead to the closure of Semenyih water treatment plant for maintenance several times within a month.

Following that, several areas in Hulu Langat, Kuala Langat, Sepang and Petaling have suffered from water supply disruption.