21 May 2019
MALACCA: The discolouration, foul-smell and dead fish in Malacca River are not caused by pollution, but are believed to be due to the ocean current, according to state Housing, Local Government, Environment and Green Technology Committee chairman Datuk Tey Kok Kiew.
He said the preliminary report by the Department of Environment (DOE) revealed that the cause was not due to effluent discharges or release of industrial waste.
Tey said only the Tilapia species was affected.
“If there was really a pollution, the dead fish should be seen near the spot where the effluent was discharged and all aquatic life will be affected, not just certain fish.
“The dead fish could only be found seven kilometres from the river estuary to Melaka Sentral and not other areas,” he told a press conference here today. – Bernama
20 May 2019
MELAKA, May 20 : Pollution has caused the water in Melaka River to turn black and foul-smelling, with dead fish, since yesterday, especially in Taman Rempah here.
Melaka Health and Anti-Drugs Exco, Low Chee Leong said the pollution was detected to be from the Batu Hampar Dam in Batu Berendam here which has been instructed to be shut down immediately closed to prevent the situation getting worse.
“We worry that the pollution will get worse and do not want a repeat of the chemical pollution in Sungai Kim Kim, Pasir Gudang, Johor,” Low, who is also Kota Laksamana state assemblyman, said.
“We have asked the Department of Environment (DOE) and the Health Department to take immediate action and get a sample of the contaminated river water and the dead fish for analysis to find out the cause of pollution and level of seriousness,” he said in a press conference at the Melaka River Cruise Jetty in Taman Rempah here today.
Also present was the chief executive officer of the Melaka River and Coastal Development Corporation (PPSPM), Azlan Abidin.
According to Azlan, at midnight tonight, PPSPM will flush the water by opening the dam at the Melaka River mouth and ensure that the Batu Hampar Dam is closed so that the polluted river water will flow out to sea.
He said since this morning, about 60 PPSPM have been involved in cleaning the dam of the dead fish and rubbish.
MELAKA: Pollution has caused the water in Melaka River to turn black and foul-smelling, with dead fish, since yesterday, especially in Taman Rempah.
The Batu Hampar Dam in Batu Berendam has been shut down immediately and will be flushed from midnight to allow the river water to flow out to sea.
Melaka state executive councillor for health, Low Chee Leong, said: “We worry that the pollution will get worse and do not want a repeat of the chemical pollution in Sungai Kim Kim, Pasir Gudang, Johor.
“We have asked the Department of the Environment and the Health Department to take immediate action and get a sample of the contaminated river water and the dead fish for analysis to find out the cause of pollution and level of seriousness.”
“According to the initial information from PPSPM technical staff, the pollution water was from Batu Hampar and they are now outside the area to determine the source (of pollution). In Malim district too, the water has turned black like here and samples have been taken to be sent to the DOE,” he said.
Azlan said the PPSPM has received complaints from the public, including passengers on the Melaka River Cruise, of the foul smell and change in colour of the Melaka River water.
The water was not exactly clear but it was not black then…