This monsoon drain lies in the heart of Silicon Island – next to the Bayan Baru and Bayan Lepas industrial zone, home to many blue-chip MNCs. The black water pours out into the blue sea near picturesque Pulau Jerejak – Videos by citizen journalist Jimmy Leow
Illegal dumping near the hillsides of Bayan Baru
Like Jimmy, I have noticed this stretch of black water near the free trade zone many times. I am sure many Penangites and visitors would have seen it too.
Isn’t it about time that the environmental factor is considered in our cost-benefit analysis of pursuing economic growth at all costs? Who is responsible for the pollution? MNCs? Local firms? Or the residents?
It is great that the Penang state government is trying to clean up Sungai Pinang while penalising those who discharge untreated waste into that river.
How about doing the same here?