GEORGE TOWN, Nov 30 ― Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) has urged the Selangor government to take immediate action to curb the problem of pig waste pollution in Tanjung Sepat, Kuala Langat.
The problem, alleged from decades ago, has not only threatened marine life but also affected the livelihood of fishermen.
SAM president S.M. Mohamed Idris said about 1,000 fishermen had complained that the fishing spots were polluted and no action had been taken to resolve the problem, although the authorities are aware of it.
“SAM found out that pig farmers discharge the waste indiscriminately into the drains, river and sea, with the neighbouring villages having to bear the stench,” he said.
“Food vendors and customers have complained of the foul smell. They are worried that business will decline and public health will be affected if the state government does not act.”
Idris said part of Sungai Batu Untung in Tanjung Sepat that flowed into the sea had turned black because of sedimentation of pig waste.
He said pig farming and pig waste pollution exposed the villagers and visitors to Morib beach to risk of contracting Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus and E. coli.
“The income of fishermen has declined from more than RM800 to RM600 a month,” he said.
“Besides dwindling catches of fish and prawns, the fishermen’s other sources of income — crabs, lokan and mentarang — are almost extinct because of mangrove destruction.”
Idris called on the Selangor government, ministries and departments to strictly enforce regulations so there would not be a repeat of the JE threat that occurred in Bukit Pelanduk, Negri Sembilan, 15 years ago.
“SAM urges the authorities to conduct regular monitoring of pig farms in the area and disclose any problems,” he said.