No need to close schools in Pasir Gudang: Wan Azizah

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said there is no need for schools in Pasir Gudang to be closed for the time being.

She said checks by the Department of Environment (DOE) at 72 factories in the area found the air quality there is still under control. “For the moment, there is no reason to close the schools…the elimination of sources that have potential to cause pollution is being conducted by the DOE to identify the main cause of the health problems there,” she told reporters at Parliament lobby yesterday.

She said the air quality in Pasir Gudang would continuously be monitored, with the use of equipment to detect the chemical content of the air.

All 111 secondary and primary schools in Pasir Gudang which were closed since Tuesday after students complained of breathing difficulties and vomiting, have reopened. Meanwhile, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said the ministry, through the State Education Department, is closely monitoring the situation and any decision to close schools will be made after consulting the agencies and the state government.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. – BERNAMA