Resolve Pollution Problem in Batu Ferringhi Immediately


Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urge the State Government of Penang and the relevant authorities to take immediate action to address and resolve the river and sea pollution problem in Batu Ferringhi, as reported in the media yesterday.

SAM and CAP’s survey today found that the pollution in the said area is very serious and needs to be addressed effectively and immediately to prevent widespread impacts which would also affect the health of the public.

The water in Sungai Batu Ferringhi is not only black but also stinks. The polluted water appears to be coming from a point source which is located about 300 meters from the sea.

SAM and CAP are disappointed that such polluting activities still occur because it conflicts with the Penang state’s slogan of Cleaner and Greener Penang.

We also call on the Municipal Council of Penang Island (MPPP), Department of Environment and Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) to investigate the exact cause and source of the pollution. The findings should be made public to allay public concern about this issue.

SAM and CAP believe that if no serious action is taken by the state government and the relevant departments, it would worsen the negative impacts on the environment and the cleanliness of the beaches in Batu Ferringhi, a popular public recreation area.

In addition, this pollution can affect marine life and the health of swimmers in the surrounding coastal area because the pollution may have spread.

SAM and CAP consider that stiffer penalties should be imposed on those who have been found to have caused the pollution problem.

Press Statement, 3 February 2014