The Selangor state plans to raise the existing RM500,000 fine to RM1 million is for water pollution, said Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari.
According to The Star, Amirudin said the penalty under the Selangor Water Management Authority (LUAS) Enactment 1999 will be reviewed in October at the Selangor state assembly.
He said there is a need for higher penalties for those polluting rivers and the Selangor state government, through LUAS wants to improve the enactment.
“Under the enactment, the fine for environmental pollution is RM500,000 and we want to increase it to RM1 million,” he said at a media conference.
The proposed amendments come after Sungai Selangor was polluted by a factory, causing water disruption to 1.2 million people in Klang Valley, according to Malaysiakini.
The water pollution was detected in Sungai Gong in Rawang that flows into Sungai Sembah and enters Sungai Selangor, that feeds treatment plants.
Four brothers who own the factory has been arrested with the facility being shut down. The state government has also issued a notice to be vacated and demolished.
Amirudin said Air Selangor has will resume water supply to 50% of affected households but hospitals and dialysis centre will be prioritised.