Pupils at another JB school face breathing difficulties

Ambulance staff attending to students with breathing difficulties at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman Nusa Damai in Pasir Gudang today. (Bernama pic)

JOHOR BAHRU: Students in another school in Pasir Gudang here were also reported to have experienced breathing difficulties today.

The latest school was Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman Nusa Damai, which is located about 5km from Sekolah Agama Taman Mawar, which was the first to be affected by the incident on Thursday.

A Bernama check at the school found at least six ambulances from Sultan Ismail Hospital in the school compound.

To date, there has been no confirmation of the number of students affected but it is understood that the incident took place during the morning session.

Some of the victims had been taken to the Pasir Gudang Municial Council Closed Stadium to be given early treatment.

Prior to this, the stadium was used by the authorities as a Monitoring Operations Centre for the cases.

Meanwhile, efforts by a Bernama journalist to interview the staff and teachers at the school proved futile because the media were banned from entering the school.

State Health, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar, when contacted, said he would make an announcement on developments on the incident later after meeting the committee dealing with the issue.

Earlier, three schools and two kindergartens in Pasir Gudang were ordered closed today and tomorrow.

This involved Sekolah Agama Taman Mawar (where the incident occurred), Sekolah Kebangsaan Pasir Gudang 4 and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Pasir Gudang 2, and the two kindergartens, which are Tadika Pasti and Tadika Pintar Bestari.