JOHOR BARU: At least eight detection teams have been deployed to Pasir Gudang in an effort to narrow down the possible source of contamination in the area.
The teams, which will cover at least nine spots, are tasked with gathering samples every few hours.
The results are then analysed by a technical committee comprising experts from various agencies.
It is learnt that the team members include four from the Fire and Rescue Department’s hazardous materials unit (Hazmat) and one each from the Department of Environment, Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Chemistry Department.
Johor Fire and Rescue Department director Datuk Yahya Madis confirmed that the department was collaborating with other agencies.
“We have nine points that we are focusing on, including around the first schools which were hit on June 20 along with areas near Sungai Kim Kim and chemical factories in the area,” he said when contacted.
He added that so far, about 50 people from the Hazmat teams, including those from other states, had been deployed.
“We carry out detection every few hours and so far the readings have not shown anything abnormal,” he said, adding that they would continue with the monitoring.
Yahya explained that each Hazmat team comprised five personnel who moved about with detection gadgets.
Meanwhile, Negri Sembilan Fire and Rescue Department’s Hazmat specialist Mohammad Idris said the air quality reading was done three times daily since last Thursday.
“We have not recorded an anomaly for the past three days and the air quality reading shows a normal level.
“The record will be kept to make comparisons with the day before so that we can keep track of the air quality conditions in Pasir Gudang,” he said.