KUALA LUMPUR: There is no need to declare a state of emergency over the chemical dumping incident in Sg Kim Kim in Pasir Gudang, Johor, as it already being managed as if it were an emergency, says Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Hanipa Maidin.
He said at the moment, the situation could still be handled by the state government and the authorities there.
“However, although there is no request for an emergency declaration by the federal government, we are working as if there is already an emergency there,” he said in a ministerial reply during the special motion to declare an emergency in Pasir Gudang.
Later at the Parliament lobby, he explained that the government did not reject the motion to debate the issue.
“The issue was of public importance and we wanted it to be debated,” he said.
However, he said the request for emergency to be declared could not be accepted because there was no formal request from the state.
Hanipa also noted that the federal government had agreed to allocate RM8mil to clean up the rivers there immediately.
Earlier Thursday (March 14), Pasir Gudang MP Hassan Abdul Karim had tabled the motion for the Dewan Rakyat to debate on the chemical dumping incident in Pasir Gudang.
He said judging from the severity of the matter, the incident had affected a large number of local residents resulting in hospital admissions, and he urged lawmakers to deliberate whether to declare an emergency there.