Black river pollution in Pahang

 |Sep 28, 2016
Sungai Nyior river water has turned black.
Sungai Nyior river water has turned black.

The river water in Sungai Nyior at Balok, near Kuantan, Pahang has turned black and found to contain high level of E-coli.

A survey by Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) revealed that nearby residents and road users were being plagued with the stench from the polluted river.

SAM president S.M. Mohamed urged relevant authorities to to take immediate action to address the river pollution.

SAM had written to the state authorities, the Kuantan Municipal Council (MPK) and the relevant departments last August urging an investigation to be conducted and enquiring what action has been taken thus far.

However until now the environmental organisation is yet to receive a response from the authorities concerned.

“SAM is worried that if the pollution problem was not dealt with effectively, it could bring about more serious consequences such as harming public health, cause extinction of fishery resources and affect the well-being of the local community.

“SAM is disappointed that although there had been many complaints regarding the Nyior river pollution, including from environmentalists, till now no effective measures had been taken to resolve the problem.

“SAM reiterates its call to the state government of Pahang, MPK and the DOE to investigate this matter and disclose to the public the source of pollution and the latest state of pollution of the river,” said Idris in a statement today.

“Legal action should be taken against the polluters so that the violation to the environment is curbed and not happen again in the future.”

Athi Shankar has been a journalist for past 30 years. He believes that democratic rights come with responsibility.