The livelihood of more than 100 small fishers based in the Sungai Pinang Jetty has been threatened by the pollution. Previously the fishers income could reach more than RM1,000 per month but now their monthly income has dwindled to RM600 to RM700 only.
CAP and the affected fishers have brought this problem to the attention of the relevant authorities numerous times but to no avail as effective actions were not taken to curb all polluting activities.
CAP is of view that stringent enforcement action must be taken against the abattoir owner. If necessary the abattoir should be relocated to another site where its operation must not cause environmental pollution or threaten the livelihood of local communities and public well-being.
Besides the pollution from the abattoir, CAP’s investigation reveals that solid waste dumping and oil and grease also contribute to the pollution of the river.
CAP urges the Department of Environment, Drainage and Irrigation Department and the Veterinary Services Department to investigate this complaint and take integrated, effective action to curb the pollution problem at source.