Dewan Rakyat approves motion to declare state of emergency over Pasir Gudang chemical dump


KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Rakyat has approved an emergency motion for the federal government to declare a state of emergency following the chemical dumping incident in Sungai Kim Kim in Pasir Gudang, Johor.

Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof accepted the motion, which was tabled by Pasir Gudang MP Hassan Abdul Karim under Standing Order 18 (1).

“As the Speaker, I am satisfied that the motion meets with all of the requirements – that it is a specific matter, of public interest, and urgent.

“I will allow the motion to be debated at 4.30pm for a period of 60 minutes,” he said.

Earlier, lawmakers from both sides of the political divide called for Parliament to debate the motion to declare an emergency over the incident.

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