THE Federal Government should consider building a chemical waste disposal centre in Pasir Gudang, Johor, to address river and sea pollution caused by irresponsible dumping of industrial waste.
Permas assemblyman Datuk Seri Che Zakaria Mohd Salleh noted that there were more than 5,000 factories in Pasir Gudang, making it one of the largest industrial areas in Malaysia.
“So we should have our own chemical waste disposal facility,” he said, adding that the centre should be able to manage all chemical waste in the state.
“The closest chemical waste facility is located in Negri Sembilan, which is far away.
“This has led to irresponsible people taking a shortcut and dumping their waste into the river.”
Che Zakaria said this after being asked to comment on the latest pollution incident at Sungai Kim Kim.
It was earlier reported that the Environment Department had launched an investigation following complaints by residents in Kampung Bukit Pulai, Pasir Gudang.
Meanwhile, Che Zakaria, who is also the Anak-Anak Perantau Johor Association president, said the association had donated more than 1,700 food baskets to the Sabahan and Sarawakian communities in Bandar Seri Alam.
“We have been running the programme since the lockdown began in June,” he said, adding that those from Kelantan and Terengganu were also being helped. — By REMAR NORDIN