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Rosmah Sees River Pollution As Betrayal | 27/04/2010
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SERDANG, April 27 2010 (Bernama) -- The Prime Minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor today said that the act of polluting rivers was betrayal of the trust and gifts of God and violated the rights of future generations.

This was so as those who did these acts had no consideration and sympathy about problems to be borne from their irresponsible actions, she said when launching the 24th Saving the Rivers Brigade Club (Kelab Briged Penyelamat Sungai kali ke-24) at Universiti Pertanian Malaysia here today.

"If we spend some time to study the environmemt like the ozone situation, global warming and the like, we will see that it is due to human behaviour.

"Like 'khalifah' (caliph) on earth, humans have been ordained to preserve and protect the earth and its content," said Rosmah.

She called on all Malaysians to have a mindset change to be more concerned about the environment.

She said it was still not to late for society to change its attitude on the environment and take steps to ensure rivers which were sources of waters were cared for.

"I believe if this matter is not handled urgently it is not impossible that one day that water will become something invaluable due to supply reduction as a result of our own society," she said.

The country has 120 rivers which are sources of water supply and 43 were located in Selangor.

Rosmah said of the rivers in Selangor six were heavily polluted and declared as 'dead' as the water could not be treated.

As many as 19 rivers were in the moderately polluted category but needed high treatment cost while 18 rivers were in the low pollution level.

Puncak Niaga (M) Sdn Bhd executive chairman Tan Sri Rozali Ismail meanwhile said Selangor faced serious river pollution and recorded high levels of river pollution cases, namely 86 per cent in the space of five years.

He said in 2005, Puncak Niaga recorded 796 cases of river pollution in the state while in 2009 1,483 cases of pollution were reported.

"Only 59 per cent of rivers could be used and classified as safe," said Rozali.

The 'Kelab Briged Penyelamat Sungai (BPS)' that was established in 1998 is an initiative by Puncak Niaga in its effort to instill awareness and interest on the need to safeguard the natural environment especially river cleanliness.

To date 3,820 students from 148 schools in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya have registered to be BPS members.

The company has allocated more than RM2.5 million a year for BPS activities.

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