PETALING JAYA: The government should formulate a national contingency plan to address all forms of hazards posing threats to public safety and health, says Kemaman MP Tuan Che Alias Hamid.
He said the authorities should take heed of the lessons learnt in the recent Sungai Kim Kim chemical waste pollution incident in Pasir Gudang, Johor.
“The government should prepare a more effective and proactive action plan to systematically address all forms of pollution, including radiological, biological and chemical,” he said.
He added that the standard operating procedure needs to be improved to effectively tackle disasters.
“Coordination and co-operation between state departments and federal agencies needs to be streamlined to avoid conflicting instructions,” he said in a statement Wednesday (March 27).
Among the authorities that respond to the disasters are the Environment Department, Chemistry Department, Hazmat Unit, National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma), and the Fire and Rescue Services Department.
“Nadma should establish an advisory council to advise the government.
“Reports on laboratory analysis from the Chemistry Department on toxic gases and hazardous materials should be made public, as their reports are more credible.
“The DoE should proactively carry out surveillance activities, and respond quickly to complaints,” he said, adding that residents in affected areas should be temporarily evacuated to minimise exposure.
He also called on the government to review the Sungai Kim Kim report to improve procedures in tackling chemical waste pollution.