Environment Ministry mobilises resources from other states to help in Pasir Gudang

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis says the ministry has deployed resources from other states to Johor to check all 254 chemical factories in the Pasir Gudang area within three days.

“The Johor Department of Environment (DOE) has 29 investigating officers in six teams who are on duty and the national DOE has also diverted additional help from other states.

“Currently, there are 40 investigators in 13 teams helping with investigations as at early Thursday morning (March 14),” she said.

Isnaraissah added that the DOE would continue taking water samples from at least three locations where chemicals were allegedly dumped illegally.

She said in the long term, a review will be carried out to look into the issue from a systematic perspective.

She also said that her ministry received help from the Army and Petronas, as they shared resources in the form of equipment, machinery and expertise to help the government handle the crisis.

This included a dispersal modeller that would be useful to understand the vaporisation and movement of gases, which would help the investigation teams plan their moves more effectively, she said.

“In my view, what is most important is cleaning up the river. It must be done fast, but in a safe manner so we can dispose of the dangerous pollutants.

“We also need to ensure there are no new sources of pollution,” she said in the Dewan Rakyat on Thursday.