By Bernama | New Straits Times

Officers of 5E Resources Sdn Bhd took samples of the land in the Kim Kim River which was certified safe in Pasir Putih, Pasir Gudang. — NSTP/HAIRUL ANUAR RAHIM

The trial of Sungai Kim Kim chemical dumping case began in the Sessions Court here today.

The trial is being heard before Judge Wan Mohd Norisham Wan Yaakob with the four accused – N. Maridass, 35, Wan Jing Chao (Singaporean), 34, Yap Loke Liang, 36, and Sim Wei Der (Singaporean), 50 – who entered the courtroom at 10.29am.

Deputy Public Prosecutors Muhammad Syafiq Mohd Ghazali and Nor Azura Jumuddin are appearing for the prosecution while Maridass is represented by counsel S. Ratakrishna; Jing Chao and Loke Liang are represented by counsel G. Subramaniam Nair, and Wei Der by counsel Joshua Tay.

The trial was supposed to begin on Oct 16, but was postponed at the request of the defence because the lawyers representing the defendants had to attend another hearing in the High Court that day.

On March 23, Maridass, a lorry driver at a used tyre processing company, was accused of disposing of the scheduled wastes into the river using a Mitsubishi lorry and a semi-trailer tank.