Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) merasa bimbang terhadap masa depan 250 nelayan yang bergantung hidup kepada hasil tangkapan di Sungai Kim Kim yang teruk dicemari bahan kimia baru-baru ini.
SAM menggesa kerajaan Johor, jabatan serta agensi berkaitan mengambil tindakan segera bagi memulihkan kesan pencemaran tersebut agar hidupan di dalam sungai berkenaan kembali membiak demi kelangsungan hidup nelayan terbabit.
Mengulas laporan akhbar tempatan (Mingguan Malaysia: 17 Mac 2019) mengenai perkara ini, SAM berharap pembelaan sewajarnya diberikan kepada mereka kerana ia menjadi sumber pendapatan utama bagi menyara kehidupan keluarga.
Press Statement 8 March 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Johor government and the Department of Environment (JAS) to take stern action against the culprits who dumped chemicals into Sungai Kim Kim near Pasir Gudang which had affected the health of students and school canteen workers in the surrounding yesterday.
In the incident, 35 victims were reported to have experienced breathing difficulties, vomiting and with some fainting upon inhaling what is believed to be methane gas.
SAM is of the opinion that a heavy punishment should be meted on the perpetrators in relation to their offence as they have severely impacted public health and the environment.
Under Section 34B of the Environmental Quality Act 1974 the maximum fine of RM500,000 and imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years can be imposed on any person who contravenes the Section.Read more