IGP: No arrests yet in Pasir Gudang chemical dumping case


KUALA LUMPUR: There have yet to be any arrests made in connection with the toxic dumping incident in Pasir Gudang.

“I just spoke to the Johor police chief, and so far, no arrests have been made," said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun after a handing over ceremony today at Police Training Centre (Pulapol) here.

"But investigations are still ongoing and will be intensified. So far, there have been 31 police reports lodged,” he added.

He said the police had not stated that any suspect, including the owner of an illegal factory, had been arrested.

“That was said by a different party. So far, the police have not made any arrests,” he said.

Mohamad Fuzi added that at any given time, there were 150 policemen from the General Operations Force (PGA) on duty.

“We have three platoons, not including units like the MPV and so forth. We also have put up roadblocks in the areas affected by the toxin,” he said, adding that police were still trying to determine the type of chemicals that contaminated the area.

On the investigation launched against the organisers of the International Women’s Day March, the IGP said more than 50 police reports had been lodged on the matter.

“When a police report is made, our investigations have to proceed. Our duty now is to complete them as soon as possible and hand it over to the DPP for further action,” he said.

The IGP reiterated that the organisers had not followed the proper procedure (to obtain a notice for the march).

“I have also previously said that the notice given (by the organisers) did not meet the required 10-day period. If it was cukup tempoh (enough time), we would have definitely given out the notice,” he said.

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