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Firm Action Must Be Taken If Sand Mining Companies Flout Rules - Muhyiddin
The deputy prime minister said this when asked to comment on claims that the left and right banks of the river had collapsed due to sand-mining activities, resulting in eight students drowning on Friday.
In the incident at 8.50am that day, Mohd Hafizuddin Kamal, 16, who was walking along a sandy area near the river suddenly slipped into the river, before seven of his friends, who tried to help him, also disappeared in the river.
The others who also drowned were Mohd Zaki Zaidi, 16, Mohd Izoan Hakimis Amin, 16, Mohd Hafizul Danial Norhashim, 16, Mohd Zikri Zaidi, 14, Nazirul Aminuddin Zamri, 15, Mohd Shafiq Mohd Syukur, 16, and Mohd Nazreen Zainal, 14.
Muhyiddin who was met by reporters after the handing-out of the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) to recipients in the Pagoh parliamentary constituency, here, said legal action must be taken if the companies were found to be operating without a permit.
"Decisive action should be taken against them," he said.
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, also conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims who were students of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Buloh Kasap, Segamat.
Yesterday, Segamat District Officer Abdul Rahim Nin said sand mining along o Sungai Muar in Buluh Kasap town had been stopped immediately.
Abdul Rahim, who is also the District Security Committee chairman, said currently, 18 permits had been issued for sand mining activities along Sungai Muar in the district of Segamat.
He said 10 were active, three were waiting for extension of approval while five were inactive.
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