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Sungai Pahang Floodwaters Polluting Tasik Chini

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PEKAN – Tasik Chini’s cloudy water here has been attributed to floodwaters from Sungai Pahang during the monsoon season, and not from logging activities.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said however, the muddy water would disappear after the floods ended and it did not affect the quality of Tasik Chini water which remained at class 1 and 2.

“The muddiness or pollution in Tasik Chini is not caused by logging, mining or human activities as inspection found there are no such activities in the areas around the lake.

“If there are, it is probably the effects from previous activities as there are no new activities,” he told reporters after a closed-door briefing here today.

Also present were the ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Azizan Ahmad and Pahang Basic Amenities and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Soffi Abd Razak.

Wan Junaidi said the excessive overflow of river water during the monsoon season also caused the lotus, which is a symbol of Tasik Chini to die. Nevertheless, the situation will be back to normal several months after the floods end as the lotus roots could grow again.

To overcome the problem of floodwaters from Sungai Pahang, the ministry would study the possibility of constructing an adjustable floodgate to prevent river water from entering the lake, he added.

Wan Junaidi said monitoring of water quality would be carried out at 15 monitoring stations in Tasik Chini to identify the potential cause of pollution, namely the Orang Asli settlement, fish farming, oil palm plantation , mining and logging.

“When the potential sources have been identified, it will enable us to take the neccessary measures to stop the pollution,” he said.

He also assured the ministry was committed to conserve Tasik Chini to ensure the water quality remained at class 1 by 2019, in line with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s wish to see Tasik Chini’s beauty restored.

To achieve that, Wan Junaidi said a special committee headed by his ministry was set up in March last year to monitor the lake’s conservation.

He said the responsibility of the committee was to ensure mining activities at Tasik Chini used more sustainable methods. – BERNAMA

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