After days of water disruption in the Klang Valley that affected millions of residents, four company directors and a manager of the heavy machinery workshop were charged in the Selayang Sessions Court today in connection with the pollution of Sungai Gong.
However, they were not allowed bail, reported Bernama.
Judge Syafeera Mohd Said refused them bail after considering the submissions by deputy public prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad and the lawyer for the five accused, Datuk M Reza Hassan.
The five accused men who are brothers – Yip Kok Wai, 53; Yip Kok Mun, 58; Yip Kok Kuin, 70; and Yip Kok Wong, 60, who are the board of directors of Yip Chee Seng & Sons Sdn Bhd, and Ho Voon Leong, 59, who is the manager of the company’s workshop – were seen looking at one another while in the dock after hearing the judge’s decision.
The five of them were then taken to the Bentong Prison in Pahang.
DPP Muhamad Iskandar said he did not request for bail as the case was unbailable.
“This case caused six million residents in Malaysia to be without water supply for five days. This issue also received the attention of the country’s leadership,” he said.
“If the court disagreed with my submission, I request the court to impose bail of RM2 million each.”
On the other hand, the men’s lawyer M. Reza appealed for a low bail as his clients had cooperated with the authorities during the investigation.
“My clients surrendered themselves to the police and they are also prepared to surrender their passports to the court,” he said.
To the charges made against them, all five of them pleaded not guilty.
They were all charged under Section 430 of the Penal Code with committing mischief by causing hazardous substances from the workshop to flow into Sungai Gong, which caused a diminution of water supply for human consumption.
The act was committed at the workshop at Kg Sungai Dua, Rawang, between 2 and 3 September. If found guilty, they face an imprisonment for up to 30 years or with fine, or both.
All five men were also jointly charged with emitting environmentally hazardous substances from the workshop into a waterway, which then flowed into Sungai Gong, without a licence at the same place and time.
The charge was made under Section 25 (1) of the Environmental Quality Act 1974 which provides a maximum fine of RM100,000, or imprisonment for up to five years, or both, if found guilty.
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