Four Indonesian contract workers were charged at the Sungai Petani Sessions Court today with causing pollution at Sungai Muda on Nov 12.
However, no plea was recorded from Dedi Hardianto, 32, Bestian, 38, Andika Safutra, 32, and Ade Pitria, 33, as they did not understand the charge that was read out to them before judge Azman Abu Hassan.
As a result, the court set Dec 22 for mention to acquire an interpreter to read out the charge against them in Bahasa Indonesia.
According to the charge, the four jointly committed mischief by causing a diminution in the supply of water by polluting Sungai Muda, which indirectly led to the closure of the water treatment plants at Jeniang Baru, Jeniang Lama and Sungai Pau, Gurun.
The offence, under Section 430 of the Penal Code, was allegedly committed at Km17, Jalan Kalai Gajah Putih in Sik, at 3.55pm on Nov 12.
They face an imprisonment period of up to 30 years, or a fine, or both, if found guilty.
The court allowed them bail of RM50,000 in a local surety each.
The accused, all unrepresented, were also ordered to surrender their passports and work permits to the court and report themselves to the Sik district police station on the 23rd of every month.
Deputy public prosecutor Noor Azrul Abdul Rahman prosecuted.