120 lodge police reports over Sg Kim Kim chemical dumping

Lawyer Kamaruddin Ahmad (middle) speaks to reporters after his clients lodge a report at the Seri Alam police station in Johor. (Bernama pic)

JOHOR BAHRU: A total of 120 individuals today lodged police reports over chemical waste being dumped into Sungai Kim Kim near Pasir Gudang last month.

The reports were lodged by residents of Taman Pasir Putih, Pasir Gudang Baru, Cahaya Baru and Taman Scientex at the Seri Alam district police headquarters (IPD), here.

The lawyer representing the group, Kamarudin Ahmad, said the victims will claim compensation for pain and suffering due to the negligence of the authorities and the factory owner in June.

He said the claims would be submitted after he has received the necessary information including the victims’ health reports.

“The claims for compensation are to offset costs for medical procedures, travel expenses and health checks that the victims have incurred and would have to bear.

According to Kamarudin the claims would also take into account that the trauma of the toxic waste pollution on March 7 could have a long term effect on their health.

“Some of the victims are still experiencing shortness of breath, chest pains, nausea, vomiting and fainting spells.

“I also met a victim who’s nerves have been damaged and has affected his ability to walk. We are worried about the long-term effects,” he said.