KUALA LUMPUR: The federal territories ministry hopes to clear the “teh tarik” Klang river by 2020 as part of the previous government’s initiatives under the River of Life project. Its minister Khalid Samad said this was to facilitate activities there and increase the value of land near the river. At present, he said, the river was filled with sediment which caused it to turn a murky colour.

“It should be people-friendly and clean enough for them to wash their clothes in,” he said.

“The condition of the river depends on the source. Due to that, it is difficult to control (the pollution). There are businesses and houses along the way, and garbage is thrown into the river,” he said during the question and answer session at the Dewan Rakyat today.

He was replying to a question by Tan Yee Kew (PH-Wangsa Maju) who asked why the river was still murky and what was causing the pollution.

Since 2011, he said, the ministry had been working to transform eight rivers in the Klang Valley, including the Klang river, Sungai Jinjang, Sungai Keroh, Sungai Kerayong, Sungai Gombak.

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