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Environment offences: Company claims trial
Published on: Tuesday, June 30, 2020
By: Cynthia D Baga
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Kota Kinabalu: A company was on Monday charged with three counts of violating the Environmental Quality Regulations.

Kiat Huat Seagull Trading Frozen Food Sdn Bhd, represented by its director, pleaded not guilty before Sessions Court Judge Elsie Primus to all the charges against the company.

On the first count, the company is accused of discharging industrial effluent which contained parameter of biochemical oxygen demand at 20°C with concentration of 420mg/L which exceeded the limits of B standards of 50mg/L.

On the second count, the company allegedly discharged industrial effluent containing parameter of solid concentration of 103mg/L which exceeded the B standards of 100mg/L.

Each of the charges, under the Regulation 11(1)(b) of the Environmental Quality (Industrial Effluent) Regulations 2009 and punishable under Regulations 32 of the same Regulations, carries a jail term of up to five years or a fine of up to RM100,000, or both, on conviction.

On the third count, the company is accused of discharging industrial effluent containing parameter chemical oxygen demand (COD) with concentration of 830mg/L which was beyond the stipulated B Standard limits of 200mg/L.

The offence falls under the Regulation 12(b) of the Environmental Quality (Industrial Effluent) Regulations 2009 and punishable under Regulations 32 of the same Regulations.

The company allegedly committed the offences at the company’s premises in Jalan Tombovo, Kg Meruntum Lembising, Putatan between 11am and 12.45pm on March 27, 2019.

The court fixed July 28 this year for case management and offered the company’s representative bail at RM5,000 in a local surety pending the disposal of the cases. 

Counsel Chin Teck Ming represented the company.

Meanwhile, a 29-year-old contractor was jailed five years and ordered to get a stroke of the cane for taking syabu for the third time.

Hamdie Alawi pleaded guilty to taking the drug at 11.45am on May 21 this year after his urine was tested positive for drug at the Kudat police station.

He has two previous convictions for taking syabu. After completing his jail sentence, Hamdie was ordered placed under police supervision for three years.


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