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Metal fabricator fined RM25,000 for polluting rural waterway in Rawang
SHAH ALAM, Jan 7 — Omega Metal Industries Sdn Bhd, a metal fabrication company based in Rawang, Selangor, was fined RM25,000 today for disposing industrial-grade effluents above the permitted concentration levels into a rural water source back in February last year.

The company’s representative in court today and its director, Chang Poay Hee, pleaded guilty before Session’s Court Judge Rofiah Mohamad when the charges were read out to him by the interpreter.

Rofiah meted out her punishment following a brief mitigation by defence lawyers Tan Shao Jia and Gurbinder Singh, and Selangor Environmental Department prosecuting officer Ir Zulaikha Mokhtar.

“After taking into account all the points raised, and the nature of the offence, we must also take note that as a company which produces metal and releases its backwash into any water source, the effects it can bring are not only environmental ones but also health related hazards.

“I acknowledge the company has been operating since 2002, and in almost 20 years, this is the company’s first offence, and there has been improvements already done by appointing officers to ensure the offence does not repeat.

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