Ministry investigating claims of black patches of water in Sg Kim Kim, Johor

A file picture of Bomba personnel in hazmat suits collecting water samples from Sg Kim Kim in March 15, 2019.

KLUANG (Bernama): The Environment and Water Ministry (Kasa) has instructed relevants departments including the Environment Department (DOE) to investigate the black patches of water claimed to be pollutants in Sungai Kim Kim.

Minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said water samples have been taken and drones deployed to monitor the affected stretch of the river to identify the source of the black patches.

"We do not want a recurrence of the toxic waste dumping incident. As soon as we received the report, DOE officers were instructed to visit the site at Sungai Kim Kim.

"We hope the Sungai Kim Kim incident will serve as a lesson (to all) and I wish to reiterate that the ministry will fully enforce the law against anyone when it comes to pollution.

"We will also take stern action against any factory that releases industrial waste into rivers," he told reporters at Dewan Muafakat Simpang Renggam, here on Monday (March 8).

Tuan Ibrahim was commenting on a news report over claims by residents of Kampung Bukit Pulai, Pasir Gudang that black patches have been detected in the river.

Meanwhile he said the results of the water samples are expected to be in by Tuesday.

This marks the second anniversary of the toxic dumping tragedy, which had affected thousands of schoolchildren and the community in Pasir Gudang.

On March 7, 2019, several students and teachers experienced nausea, dizziness and vomiting after they were believed to have inhaled toxic fumes caused by chemicals dumped into Sungai Kim Kim.

The pollution resulted in the temporary closure of 111 schools in the Pasir Gudang area, affecting several industries and the lives of the community in the area for about two weeks. – Bernama

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