Penang pollution threat widens

There was hardly any activity on the polluted stretch of beach in Batu Feringghi yesterday.
There was hardly any activity on the polluted stretch of beach in Batu Feringghi yesterday.

GEORGE TOWN, Feb 12 — Penang has been hit by another pollution scare, this time in the waters surrounding the Floating Mosque in Tanjung Bungah.

Residents have been complaining of a stench from the site, just 4.3km from Sungai Batu Ferringhi.

Mosque committee chairman Roslan Abu Bakar said the polluted waters and stench came to light the same time as the Sungai Batu Ferringhi incident.

“We received complaints from both the residents and tourists about the unpleasant smell that fills the area,” he said.

“We believe this may be caused by the stagnant water underneath the mosque structure.

“We have checked and found that a sandbar has formed near the mosque.

“This makes it difficult for water to flow in and out.”

Roslan said the authorities should look into the matter seriously because of the Floating Mosque’s cultural and religious significance.

Present were Penang Island municipal councillors Mohd Hariszuan Jaharudin and Chris Lee Chun Kit and the mosque’s committee members.

Mohd Hariszuan said several factors could have led to the murky appearance of the water.

“Among them are the dry spell and the irresponsible dumping of rubbish in the area,” he said.

He also did not dismiss the possibility of waste treatment discharge by Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK) as one of the possible causes of the water pollution.

Lee said something must be done swiftly to prevent the situation from getting worse.

“This is a serious environmental issue,” he said.

An IWK spokesman said they would send officers to investigate the complaints.

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