PM, DPM to arrive at Pasir Gudang at 5pm Thursday (March 14) over chemical dump incident

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will arrive at Pasir Gudang at 5pm Thursday (March 14) to see for himself the situation on the ground, following the chemical dumping incident in Sungai Kim Kim there.

Dr Mahathir, who had been scheduled to handover Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia membership cards to several elected representatives from Sabah, had postponed the event to attend to the pressing and urgent matter in Pasir Gudang.

Also heading that way is Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Following calls by several lawmakers to declare a state of emergency, the Dewan Rakyat has approved an emergency motion, and the matter will be debated for an hour, starting at 4.30pm Thursday.

To date, there are 209 victims warded at government hospitals, while eight had been placed in intensive care units.

All schools in Pasir Gudang have been ordered to close due to the poor air quality, which has forced hundreds of students, as well as adults, to be hospitalised.

Chemicals, believed to be used to dissolve metal at a scrap yard and from a chemical factory in Kulai, were discharged into the river about a week ago, leading to dozens being treated for exposure to hazardous fumes.