Animal Clinic Waste Found At Sungai Gong Raises Fear About Spread Of Infectious Diseases

Volunteers who were at the Sungai Gong to build a trail stumbled upon the clinical waste.

Cover image via Hairul Anuar Abd Rahim/New Straits Times & FMT

Clinical waste suspected to be from a private veterinary clinic was found dumped at the riverbank of Sungai Gong in Rawang, Selangor

The animal clinic waste was found yesterday, 3 October, by volunteers of a gotong-royong programme who were building a trail at the Sungai Gong, according to a report in Bernama.

The waste could spread infectious diseases to the local community

According to Department of Environment (DoE) director-general Norlin Jaafar, it is suspected that a clinic nearby is responsible for the waste, which is polluting the river and could also spread infectious diseases.

"I have directed Selangor DOE to take the evidence to the Chemistry Department for investigation so that action could be taken against the offender," she was quoted as saying.

Norlin said the investigation can be carried out under Section 34B of the Environmental Quality Act 1974 and Environmental Quality Regulations (Scheduled Wastes) 2005, which provides for five years' imprisonment and a fine not exceeding RM500,000 upon conviction.

In September, odour pollution due to machine factory dumping chemical in the same river caused water disruption, affecting over 1.2 million residents across the Klang Valley for almost a week.

Last month, it was found that the river water has turned black: