No arrests yet over Sungai Kim Kim pollution, says top cop

Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

KUALA LUMPUR: Top cop Mohamad Fuzi Harun says no arrests have been made following the toxic pollution at Sungai Kim Kim in Pasir Gudang, Johor.

The inspector-general of police (IGP) however confirmed that investigations are underway, adding that the police have received 51 reports on the matter.

“We are conducting investigations under Section 278 and 284 of the Penal Code.

“As of now, there are no arrests, as conveyed to me by the Johor police chief whom I just met. But investigations are ongoing and will be intensified,” he said in a press conference after the ceremony for the handover of duties of deputy IGP Noor Rashid Ibrahim at the Central Police Training Centre here.

When asked about reports on the arrest of three men, including two factory owners, on suspicion of dumping chemical waste into the river, Fuzi said the information had not come from the police.

“The police have not made any arrests,” he said.

When asked whether the companies involved in the toxic pollution have been identified, Fuzi said he had yet to be updated.

“As of now, we are working with the relevant ministries and government agencies to identify those responsible for the pollution,” he added.

Over 1,000 people have been affected by the toxic fumes from the river, with 111 schools ordered to close until further notice.