Govt urged to hand out aid to pollution victims

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  • Saturday, 27 Jul 2019

JOHOR BARU: Pasir Gudang MP Hassan Abdul Karim has called on the government to disperse aid and funds to those affected by the chemical pollution in his constituency.

Describing the recent incidents – the Sg Kim Kim toxic dumping and the chemical pollution – as “disaster”, the government, he said, should pay out a token sum to victims.

“We give aid to victims of disasters. We should do the same for people in Pasir Gudang. “This has been brought up in Parliament,” he said, adding that he forwarded all feedback on the matter from a townhall on July 7 to both the Mentri Besar and the Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Cli­mate Change Minister.

In March, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail told Parliament that the government had yet to decide whether to compensate the victims of the pollution crisis in Pasir Gudang and were instead focused on providing immediate medical assistance and treatment.

The government, said Hassan, should have a mechanism to determine the quantum as well the eligible victims, who number in the thousands.

The people in Pasir Gudang, said Hassan, needed to be constantly reassured that the government was doing its best to help the people.

“We should also be careful when releasing information to the public with regards to the pollution as we do not want to be a laughing stock,” he said, referring to talks of mass hysteria and pigeon droppings as a contaminant that could have caused the vomiting and breathing difficulties among pupils.

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