• The River of Life (RoL) project has a long way to go

    Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 20th of January, 2016

    The River of Life (RoL) project has a long way to go

    On the 11th of November, 2015, I organized a kayak expedition down a portion of the Gombak River that is part of the River of Life (RoL) project.

    I wrote about my expedition in 5 facebook postings in December 2015 which were republished in Malaysiakini:

    Part 1: https://www.facebook.com/ongkianming/posts/932720763449651
    Part 2: https://www.facebook.com/ongkianming/posts/933071966747864
    Part 3: https://www.facebook.com/ongkianming/posts/933514563370271
    Part 4: https://www.facebook.com/ongkianming/posts/934347279953666
    Part 5: https://www.facebook.com/ongkianming/posts/934775849910809

    Now, a short 7 minute video of my kayak expedition can be access here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcV-9vfnR9c&feature=youtu.be

    The release of this youtube video is a timely reminder of how far the River of Life (RoL) project has to go before the Klang and Gombak rivers can be classified as a Class IIB river that is fit for recreational activities.

    Just last week, on Thursday, 14th of January, 2016, Jeffrey Lim, an avid cyclists and one of the members of my kayak expedition discovered a worrying number of dead fish along the Klang River while he was cycling near Brickfields. (See Appendix 1 below)

    Jeff, who later tried to trace the source of the dead fish, concluded that the dead fish had originated further upstream, past Kampung Pauh along the Gombak River. (The photos shown below are from Jeff)

    The dead fish, which may have died as a result of upstream pollution, is especially worrying given that many people eat and sell the fish they catch along the Gombak and Klang Rivers. It is a common sight to see fishermen using a rod or even fishing nets to catch fish along the Gombak and Klang rivers. (See Appendix 2 below)

    I call upon the Department of Environment (DoE) to investigate the source of the dead fish and to determine if there was and still is serious pollution happening upstream along the Gombak River that may be poisoning the fish in the river. If there is no effort to monitor the level of pollution in the Gombak and Klang Rivers, the estimated RM3.4 billion that will be spend to clean up the river will be wasted.

    Dr. Ong Kian Ming
    Member of Parliament for Serdang

    Appendix 1: Photos of Dead Fish discovered on Thursday, 14th of January, 2016

    Appendix 2: People catching fish along the Gombak River