Postponed: Prosecution against suspect in chemical dumping case


PASIR GUDANG: There will be a delay in bringing charges against the owner of an illegal tyre recycling factory said to be responsible for dumping chemicals into Sungai Kim Kim and causing a health crisis in Pasir Gudang.

Johor Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman Dr Sahruddin Jamal said investigation papers had already been sent to the Deputy Public Prosecutor's Office, but there was a request for more information to be added.

“The Department of Environment (DOE) has been told to add more information to complete the investigation papers.

“Prosecution has yet to be carried out until we receive further instructions from the Deputy Public Prosecutor's Office,” he said in a statement here on Thursday (March 14).

It was reported on Wednesday (March 13) that the owner of an illegal tyre-recycling factory was expected to be charged today for polluting Sg Kim Kim.

Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin said the suspect, whose factory is in Kulai, would be charged under Section 34B of the Environmental Quality Act 1974.

She said the owner faced a maximum imprisonment of five years and a fine of RM500,000 if found guilty.


   

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