13 schools in Johor closed indefinitely after chemical pollution

A villager looking at the chemicals collected at the ‘oil boom’ installed along Sungai Kim Kim in Pasir Gudang, Johor. (Bernama pic).

PETALING JAYA: The Johor government has ordered 13 schools in Pasir Gudang to be closed indefinitely following the chemical pollution which has seen over 200 people seek medical treatment after inhaling toxic fumes.

According to news reports, the schools affected are SK Pasir Putih, SK Tanjung Puteri Resort, SMK Tanjung Puteri Resort, SK Taman Pasir Putih, SMK Taman Pasir Putih, SK Perigi Acheh, Sekolah Agama Kampung Pasir Putih , Sekolah Agama Taman Pasir Putih, SK Kota Masai, SMK Kota Masai, SK Kota Masai 2, SMK Kota Masai 2 and SK Kota Masai 3.

Bernama reported state Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman Dr Sahruddin Jamal as saying the disaster management committee was also activated today to coordinate and monitor the situation.

“The committee agreed to appoint a licensed contractor to clean up the affected area,” he was quoted by the news agency as saying.

He also advised those experiencing eye irritation or breathing problems to see a doctor.

Earlier, Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar ordered an investigation on the dumping of chemical waste in Kim Kim river near Pasir Gudang after 260 people fell ill from the toxic fumes.

The sultan demanded swift action be taken action against the culprits.

Yesterday three men, including two factory owners, were detained  on suspicion of disposing of chemical waste into Sungai Kim Kim.