Malaysia evaluating gravity of chemical contamination

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The Malaysian government is evaluating the seriousness of the air pollution caused by disposal of chemical waste into Sungai Kim Kim before deciding on whether to declare a state of emergency in Pasir Gudang, Johor, said Malaysia Deputy Prime Minsiter Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

She said checks would be conducted to obtain further information and a meeting would be held to discuss measures that could be taken to address the problem.

“We will have a meeting first for us to consider the options because we have other measures (besides the declaration of emergency) that can address the problem.

“We will have to get to the bottom of this thing, we will consider the measures needed for the time being, as well as mid- and long-term action,” she told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said the case was still under the jurisdiction of the state government and that she headed to Pasir Gudang yesterday to look into the situation. She said the government would do whatever is necessary to ensure the safety of the people around Pasir Gudang, especially children.