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Frozen food firm pleads not guilty to illegal dumping of toxic waste

30th June, 2020

KOTA KINABALU: A frozen food company was charged with three counts of contravening the Environmental Quality Regulations in the Sessions Court here.

Kiat Huat Seagull Trading Frozen Food Sdn Bhd, through its representative, however pleaded not guilty to all the charges before Judge Elsie Primus, yesterday.

In the first charge, the company was alleged to have discharged industrial effluent containing parameter biochemical oxygen demand (BOD5) at 20°C with concentration of 420mg/L, which exceeded the Standard B limits of 50mg/L.

For the second charge, the company was alleged to have discharged industrial effluent containing parameter suspended solid with concentration of 103mg/L, which exceeded the Standard B limits of 100mg/L.

Both alleged offences were framed under Regulation 11(1)(b) of the Environmental Quality (Industrial Effluent) Regulations 2009 and punishable under Regulations 32 of the same Regulations.

The penalty carries a maximum fine of RM100,000 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years, or both, and to a further fine not exceeding RM1,000 a day for every day that the offence is continued after a notice requiring them to stop their action has been served.

For the third charge, the company had allegedly discharged industrial effluent containing parameter chemical oxygen demand (COD) with concentration of 830mg/L which was beyond the stipulated Standard B limits of 200mg/L.

This offence is framed under Regulation 12 (b) of the Environmental Quality (Industrial Effluents) Regulations 2009 and punishable under Regulation 32 of the same Regulation.

All the offences were allegedly committed on March 27, 2019, between 11am and 12.45noon at Kiang Huat Seagull Trading Frozen Food Sdn Bhd in Jalan Tombovo, Kg Meruntum, Lembising, Puattan.

The court fixed July 28 for case management and allowed the company representative to be released on bail of RM5,000 with a local surety pending disposal of the case.

Counsel, Chin Teck Ming represented the company’s representative. –ECA

   
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