Cops seek longer remand of 8 suspects in Sungai Kim Kim pollution

JOHOR BAHRU: The police will apply for an extension of the remand order on eight suspects allegedly involved in the chemical waste pollution in Sungai Kim Kim, Pasir Gudang, tomorrow.

Johor police chief Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said the application, to be made at the Magistrate’s Court here, is necessary for them to complete their investigation into the incident in which nearly 6,000 people had to seek treatment.

The remand order will expire tomorrow.

“We may need a day or two,” Khalil said after presenting excellence awards to police officers and children of Indian police officers in conjunction with the 212th Police Memorial Day here today.

He said that while the police were satisfied with their investigation so far, they needed to iron out a few more details for the investigation paper to be complete.

Two of the suspects, aged between 27 and 41 years, were arrested in Johor on March 17 while seven others were detained outside the state.

One was released on police bail after it was found that he had nothing to do with the incident.