Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Lojing Highlands Case

November 12, 2008
Company charged with polluting Lojing Highlands

GUA MUSANG: An agriculture company was on Wednesday charged in the Sessions Court here with causing environmental pollution at Lojing Highlands in January last year.

Syarikat Liquid Gold Sdn Bhd, represented by its project manager Ainul Izmi, pleaded not guilty and claimed trial to the charge before judge Asmadi Hussin.

According to the charge sheet, the company, which has its headquarters in Kota Baru, was involved in activities to convert a land, covering 50 hectares or more, at the highlands for other purposes without obtaining prior approval or an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report from the director-general of Environment as required under Section 34A(6) of the Environmental Quality Act 1974.

The offence was alleged to have been committed at 2.30pm on Jan 29, 2007 at Lot Pt 5326, Lot Pt 5327 and Lot Pt 5328 in Lojing here.

If found guilty, the company owner is liable to a fine not exceeding RM100,000 or imprisonment of not more than five years or both.

Hearing has been fixed for Dec 17.

The company is the first to be charged by the Department of Environment for causing environmental pollution in Lojing.

Counsel Rozita Zahari represented the company while DOE prosecuting officer Mohd Ridhwan Ramli prosecuted. - Bernama

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