River in Sabah polluted by local pig farm
Over 1,000 villagers at Kampung Gading, north-eastern
Borneo, have been using water from a river which has been polluted by a local
pig farm with around 5,000 pigs.
Calls for the farm to be relocated have been made by Assistant Rural
Development Minister Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan.
Tawfiq's assistance was sought by the
villagers after not receiving a response to their complaint letter sent to the
department of environment.
After visiting the pig farm and the river last week, Tawfiq commented that he
was not "preventing the farm owners from rearing pigs, but that keeping the
surrounding area clean should be ensured and business should be conducted
without interfering with the local villagers".
He said that a study will be carried out to investigate whether the farm
should in fact be relocated and that the health and environment department
should make sure that the farm is not responsible for pollution.
Supervisor of the pig farm, Yuen Fook Won, has
expressed his apologies to the villagers. He commented that the pigs' excrements
had been sieved at seven pools before entering the river and the solid wastes
would be used as fertiliser.
He is seeking government approval for relocating the farm to Telupid,
northern Borneo- a pig farming area - due to the size of the pig population at
the Kampung Gading farm.
â€¢ Department of Environment,
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