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Sand thieves strike again

Posted on 09 August 2008

STEALING sand has become the norm at Kampung Orang Asli in Hulu Kuang, Selangor. After one site was issued a stop-work order, a new site emerged a day later.

Resident Ang Tai Soon said the excavator would dig up the sand at the riverbank on weekends.

“This has been happening for more than three years.

“I can hear the excavator digging as my house is near the area and lorries filled with sand will use the road in front of my house.

“I had made a complaint about another site about 1km away where operators use to steal sand and it was given a stop-work order by the Gombak District Land Office.

Pollution threat: The sand-mining has made the river murky.

“Because of this activity, the water at Sungai Kuang has turned murky.

“I remember young boys used to swim in the river and now they get disgusted when they see the place,’’ he said.

Selayang MP William Leong’s personal assistant for Kuang Mohd Asri Ahmad said the authorities should not turn a blind eye to the activities.

“I know it is hard to catch the culprits but the land office and the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) should take the complaints seriously.

“Stealing sand is big money and this has to stop, especially in Kuang.

“I also urge the residents to notify the police and authorities if there any more cases like this,’’ Mohd Asri said.

Earlier, Mohd Asri had a meeting with the Public Works Department (PWD) where the PWD agreed that a 500m stretch of road at Kampung Setia, Kuang, would be resurfaced next month.

He also said the MPS had approved a budget for 30 streetlights to be put up in the Kuang and Batu Arang area.

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