JOHOR BARU: All chemical factories in Pasir Gudang should immediately be directed to cease operations to ensure that the air pollution in the area is brought under control and to allow the air quality to improve.
Pasir Gudang MP Hassan Abdul Karim also suggested that all schools be closed in the area until the situation returns to normal.
“I also suggest that the Federal government take over the issue from the state government as this pollution is believed to be due to gas leakage,” he said in a statement Monday (June 24).
Hassan added that it the situation worsens, he hoped the state government would be prepared to take the necessary steps, including declaring Pasir Gudang as a disaster zone.
Hassan added that the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) should also get its experts and those from universities to carry out analysis and checks to ascertain the source of the pollution.
“I hope there will be no effort to cover this up or to protect any factories that were involved in flouting our environmental laws,” he added.
Hassan said that as MP, he hoped the situation would be closely monitored as this could escalate and become worse than the Sungai Kim Kim incident.