Some 1,000 fishermen in Tanjung Sepat, Selangor have been living in maladour condition caused by pig waste, but the Selangor government had failed to take any effective action to curb the problem.
The foul smell condition not only had affected the fishermen’s livelihood but also posed serious health threats to them and their families.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) has called on Selangor government to pay serious attention and take immediate action to curb the problem of pig waste pollution in the area.
“The long-standing problem from decades ago not only threatens the environment here but also affects the livelihood of fishermen and marine life in the waters here,” SAM president S.M. Mohamed Idris.
The fishermen in this Kuala Langat district have long been lamenting that their source of livelihood had been polluted, and no effective action had been taken to resolve the problem although the authorities were well aware of the stench.
SAM’s recent survey found that food vendors and their customers complained of the nauseating, unbearable stench.
The food vendors are reportedly worried that their business would decline and public health would be affected if the Selangor government kept silent on this issue.
Idris expressed disappointment that the pig farmers in the area discharged pig waste indiscriminately into the drains, river Sungai Batu Untung, and sea.
This has resulted in the neighbouring villages engulfed in malodour whilst the drainage system in the area had turned black due to sedimentation of pig waste.
The pig farming and pig waste pollution have exposed villagers and visitors to Morib Beach as well to infection of the Japanese Encephalitis (JE) virus and Escherichia Coli (E.Coli) bacteria.
Due to the pollution, monthly income of fishermen has reportedly declined from more than RM800 to RM600.
Besides dwindling of fish and prawns, crabs, lokan (seashell) and mentarang (duck mouth clam) that are the fishermen’s main catch, are near extinct because due to destruction of mangroves in Tanjung Sepat.
Idris urged the Selangor government, relevant ministry and departments to strictly enforce relevant regulations to avoid repeat of the JE threat that occurred in Bukit Pelanduk, Negeri Sembilan some 15 years ago.
SAM recommends that the responsible authority conducts regular monitoring of all the pig farms in this area.
“The latest report of investigation should be disclosed to the public especially the local communities so that they would be relieved from current anxiety that had been beleaguering them for years,” stressed Idris.