KUALA LUMPUR: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong is questioning why the government was slow in responding to the chemical pollution incident in Pasir Gudang, Johor.
The Ayer Hitam MP raised the issue in Parliament, questioning why the Energy, Technology, Climate Change and Environment Ministry did not handle the case swiftly when it first occurred.
"So far, over 30 schools have been closed with more than 200 people being treated at the hospitals.
"Why is punitive action only being taken tomorrow (March 14)?
"There is supposed to be an environmental action plan under the Environment Quality Act to monitor the water quality of the river," Dr Wee said when debating the motion of thanks on the Royal Address in Parlaiment on Wednesday (March 13).
"This is not a small matter. It has created panic among communities living near the affected area," he said, adding that the situation must be resolved speedily.