Samalaju Industrial Park at Simalajau located 60km from Bintulu town. (Photo: RECODA)

Samalaju Industrial Park despite having Malaysia’s biggest aluminium smelting in operation and soon a manganese and ferro silicon smelter has no long-term plan for disposal of toxic waste from this heavy industry the Auditor General’s Report 2012 noted.

According to the report, an audit review found that Samalaju Industrial Park (SIP) master plan does not cover aspects of industrial scheduled waste disposal. Bintulu Development Authority is only responsible for managing general and home solid waste.

“Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda) and Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) must provide long-term plan for the disposal of industrial solid waste,” the AG report said.

Currently, scheduled waste from SIP were either trucked to Kuching Integrated Waste Management Park about 650km away or ship to Negri Sembilan’s Bukit Nanas Integrated Schedule Waste Management Centre.

Both options despite being more expensive, were the only option for smelter companies like Press Metal’s and OM Materials operating in the park.

Reacting to the audit finding, Recoda said the State Government had appointed Trienekens (Samalaju) Sdn. bhd. to carry out a detailed feasibility study expected to be completed in September this year, on the matter.