March 20, 2012
SHAH ALAM, March 20 — Selangor pocketed RM1.12 million in fines from 194 prosecutions of environmental offences last year, state executive councillor Elizabeth Wong was reported as saying by Bernama Online today.
Wong, who holds the state tourism, consumer affairs and environment portfolio, revealed that of the cases prosecuted, 118 were for air pollution, 28 pertained to water pollution, while open burning and scheduled waste disposals contributed 13 and seven incidents, respectively.
But she added not all the cases were pursued to the end.
“Several cases could not proceed due to lack of evidence and incomplete chemical analysis,” Wong said in today’s session of the state assembly.
She also revealed that a number of cases had been summarily dismissed by the Attorney-General’s Chambers, for which she said no reasons were given.
“In addition, there were also cases where the offences and offenders were clear but it took four to five years to be brought to court,” Wong said.
Seri Setia assemblyman Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad had earlier asked Wong for a list of environmental cases in the state that were being prosecuted.