August 11, 2008

Fish Breeders Cry Foul Over Sand Mining

SEREMBAN: Fish breeders at Kampung Gadong Lama are badly affected by illegal sand mining at Sungai Gadong SC.

The illegal activity had caused sections of the riverbank to collapse.

Fish breeder Jasni Buang, 52, said it was not the first time that illegal sand mining had taken place.

He said last year, the mining stopped after complaints were made.

"It started again about a month ago," he said.

He feared that his fish ponds would be affected by erosion caused by the sand mining.

His partner, Abdul Karim Mustapha, 36, said the sand mining started two years ago.

District land officer Mohd Bahrudin Mahfuz confirmed, after an inspection to the site, that the activity was illegal.

"At first, we thought they were cleaning the river but we became suspicious when we saw a lot of sand being taken out of the river.

"Action will be taken against the company."

He also urged the public to report such activities in their areas.

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