JOHOR BARU: Johor police are working with their Singaporean counterparts to track down a man in his 30s in connection with the Sungai Kim Kim chemical waste pollution case.
The man is believed to be the owner of a used tyre-processing company allegedly involved in the pollution incident in Pasir Gudang.
State police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said the man was on the wanted list and police were waiting for the Singaporean authorities to arrest him.
He added that seven out of the 11 people detained in relation to the Sungai Kim Kim toxic waste dumping had been released on police bail after investigations revealed that they did not have any relation to the case.
However, three others were charged in court yesterday under Section 34B(1)(A) of the Environment Quality Act 1974.
Comm Mohd Khalil also called on the public, especially netizens, to be patient as the police were trying their best to bring those involved to justice.
“The most important thing is we have managed to apprehend the three main suspects in this case,” he said at a press conference at the state police headquarters here yesterday.
“This shows there has been a development in the case and we hope that the people will give us room to conduct our investigation.
“The police cannot just arrest a person without proper conduct, investigation and evidence,” he said in response to accusations by some people that the police did not do their job properly.
“Many netizens claimed that the police were just putting on a show regarding the case.
“We work conscientiously and do the best we can.
“We do not simply arrest anyone, we only do it based on facts, and when we make the arrests, we also make sure that our case is air-tight, only then will we charge them in court.
“So, I urge netizens not to hurt the feelings of my officers and personnel, who have been working hard to rectify the situation for the well-being of the people of Johor,” he said.
A total of 5,848 children and adults have been treated at clinics and hospitals since March 8 due to the toxic waste pollution at Sungai Kim Kim.