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The Johor State Legislative Assembly, at Bangunan Sultan Ismail, Kota Iskandar, Johor. — Picture by JOHOR STATE ASSEMBLY

Johor wants DPP relook at fines imposed in Sg Kim Kim pollution case

ISKANDAR PUTERI, Dec 3 — The Johor government will request the deputy public prosecutor to see if the fines meted out against the parties that caused the pollution incident in Sungai Kim Kim, Pasir Gudang in 2019 were adequate.

Johor River Task Force co-chairman Datuk Mohd Jafni Md Shukor said tackling river pollution is an important priority for the state government.

Jafni, who is also the chairman of the Johor Housing and Local Government Committee, said so far, 14 rivers in Johor are classified as category five, which is polluted, but Sungai Kim Kim is now classified as category three.

“The government will request the deputy public prosecutor to look at it (the punishment) again, whether in terms of the fines imposed and what the government has spent (on cleaning up the river) and impact it has had on the surrounding community, was it worthwhile or otherwise.

“In taking care of the environment, especially the rivers, for future generations, strict enforcement should be implemented by the government,” he told reporters outside the Johor State Legislative Assembly after the winding-up session, here, today.

He was asked to comment on the Johor Bahru Sessions Court’s sentencing against the polluters of Sungai Kim Kim on Thursday.

Yesterday, the Environment Department, in a statement said the court imposed a maximum fine of RM100,000 against lorry driver N. Maridass for causing pollution by illegally dumping scheduled waste into Sungai Kim Kim in 2019.

A company, P Tech Resources Sdn Bhd, which also faced eight charges, was fined RM40,000 for each charge, totalling RM320,000.

According to the statement, the cases against Maridass and P Tech Resources were tried together and a total of 38 witnesses were called to testify.

Johor Bahru Sessions Court Judge Datuk Che Wan Zaidi Che Wan Ibrahim handed down the sentence on November 30 after the accused pleaded guilty to the charges.

— Bernama

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