Kedah Education committee chairman Datuk Tajul Urus Mat Zain at SMK Model Khas Bukit Jenun. Authorities will investigate claims of air pollution caused by indiscriminate dumping of chicken manure at an oil palm plantation not far from the school. Pix by Nur Syazwana Mansor

SIK: Authorities will investigate claims of air pollution caused by indiscriminate dumping of chicken manure at an oil palm plantation not far from a school in Bukit Jenun here.

The State Veterinary department will be visiting the chicken farm where the manure came from before it is openly disposed at the plantation near SMK Model Khas which has about 1,000 students.

Its non-ruminant section head Zahir Zainuddin said a probe will be conducted to determine if the chicken farm operator dispose the manure according to proper guidelines and the cause behind the foul stench at the school some 300m from the plantation.

Zahir said this in a meeting to discuss the problem, which apparently started middle of last year, with the school administration and its Parents Teachers Association.

Kedah Education committee chairman Datuk Tajul Urus Mat Zain who was also at the meeting said they have met the oil palm estate owner to deal with the problem.

“From our observation, the owner followed our request but now we need to meet with the chicken farm owner to ensure they too use suitable method when dumping the manure,” he said.

Zahir said if the operator failed to abide the notice, they could face action under Poultry Farming Enactment 2005 and could face fine up to RM10,000.

Tajul said the problem should not be viewed lightly since it could affect public health,” he said.

Translated from Berita Harian

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