Johor rules out Sg Kim Kim repeat following Pasir Gudang air pollution incident


  • Nation
  • Friday, 21 Jun 2019

PASIR GUDANG: The Johor government has ruled out a repeat of the Sungai Kim Kim incident after 15 individuals, including 13 students, were admitted to hospital following breathing and vomiting difficulties.

State Health, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar said the authorities have opened an operation centre at the Pasir Gudang Indoor Stadium, following the latest incident on Thursday (June 20).

“This incident has nothing to do with Sungai Kim Kim because the school is located some 6km away and so far, the Department of Environment (DOE) has found no illegal dumping here.

“The Fire and Rescue Department and DOE will lead the operation team, where they would inspect air quality within a 2km radius around the affected area,” he told a press conference at the operation centre here Friday (June 21).

He added that out of the 15 victims, only six of them, all students, were warded at Hospital Sultan Ismail (HSI) for further medical checks, but they are in a stable condition.

He added that if there were no new incidents reported on Friday, the authorities would be making a decision on the matter on Saturday (June 22).

It was reported that the incident occurred at Sekolah Agama Taman Mawar at around 3.39pm on Thursday.

In March, toxic pollution in Sungai Kim Kim resulted in over 4,000 people falling ill, which also saw the temporary closure of 111 schools in Pasir Gudang district.

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