Malaysia: 14 dead due to alleged pollution caused by mining co. that operates under expired licence
Author: Ho Kit Yen & Nur Hasliza Mohd Salleh, Free Malaysia Today, Published on: 8 June 2019
"Licence for mining near Orang Asli village expired in 2017, says deputy minister", 9 June 2019
Deputy Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji said the licence for a company conducting mining activities near an Orang Asli village in Gua Musang had expired two years ago.
...It comes on the heels of a report by a Malay daily that claimed more than 13 people from the village had died over the past one month from a "mysterious disease".
A river, on which the Orang Asli used to depend for their daily needs, is believed polluted by mining and logging activities.
...Minister in the Prime Minister's Department P Waytha Moorthy confirmed...that 14 people had been reported dead due to pneumonia and 83 villagers were being treated in hospital for the lung infection.
...Peka president Shariffa Sabrina Syes Akil said...village's source of clean water was now polluted from the logging and mining activities.
NGOs such as Peka have provided residents with treated water.