JOHOR BARU: Victims of the Sungai Kim Kim toxic pollution, which include fishermen and Pasir Gudang residents, have filed civil suits to seek compensation amounting to RM30mil against 12 parties.
Lawyer Kamaruddin Ahmad said that the two civil suits were filed at the Johor Baru High Court on Tuesday (July 16) by the 171 victims against 12 defendants for their negligence in dealing with the Sungai Kim Kim pollution incident in March.
“The first suit named 42 Pasir Gudang residents, including schoolchildren affected by the pollution, as plaintiffs.
“The second suit named 129 fishermen from seven villages along Sungai Kim Kim, whose income were badly affected due to the pollution, as plaintiffs,” he said when met by reporters outside the High Court here on Wednesday (July 17).
Both suits named 12 defendants including the Federal Government, Johor state government, former mentri besar Datuk Osman Sapian, former health, environment and agriculture committee chairman Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal (now Johor Mentri Besar), the Department of Enviroment (DOE) and its former director Datuk Dr Ezzani Mat Salleh, and Pasir Gudang Municipil Council president Zainor Adani.
Also named as defendants were the company accused of causing the pollution and two of its directors, Yap Yoke Liang and Singaporean Wang Jing Choa, as well as a lorry driver of the company, N. Maridass, who was charged with illegally disposing scheduled waste into Sungai Kim Kim.
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.