Shock discovery of 7 blue barrels at another Pasir Gudang river

The blue barrels found near the Sungai Sembilang river in Pasir Gudang, Johor. (Bernama pic)

JOHOR BAHRU: Residents of Taman Tanjung Puteri Resort near Pasir Gudang here were shocked by the discovery of seven blue barrels containing a substance which smelled like vinegar, under a bridge near Sungai Sembilang.

A resident, Ahmad Roh Ariffin, 50, said the villagers became suspicious about the contents of the barrels after being informed by hunters seeking wild chicken.

“We began to feel suspicious after the incident surrounding the toxic chemical waste disposal at Sungai Kim Kim last week.

“The trench where the barrels were placed connects to Sungai Kim Kim,” he told reporters today.

Checks by Bernama found that there were three blue barrels in the ditch and four more under a bridge, about 200 metres away.

Personnel from the Department of Environment (DOE) and the Hazmat unit from the Fire and Rescue Department were seen inspecting the barrels and taking samples for analyses.