All schools in Pasir Gudang reopen tomorrow

A 17-year-old schoolgirl is the only patient still being treated in hospital because of air pollution in Pasir Gudang. (Bernama pic)

JOHOR BAHRU: All 111 primary and secondary schools in Pasir Gudang will reopen tomorrow after being closed since Tuesday because of air pollution which caused respiratory problems and vomiting.

Johor executive councillor Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar said safety and prevention briefings will be held at school assemblies tomorrow morning.

“All agencies involved will be on standby, just in case an emergency occurs when schools reopen,” he told reporters today.

Mohd Khuzzan said three colleges, 347 private kindergartens and 14 private and international schools would also reopen.

Mohd Khuzzan said the air quality reading in Pasir Gudang was at normal level today.

He said the Enviornment Department had checked 72 industrial premises in Pasir Gudang and taken action against the parties in accordance with the Environmental Quality Act 1974.

The deparment had issued 40 compound notices for scheduled waste offences, 10 for discharge of industrial effluents, three instruction notices for improvement of chemical handling systems and three stop-work orders against premises that failed to comply with the Environmental Quality Act 1974, he said.

He said a 17-year-old girl who was admitted to Sultan Ismail Hospital on Tuesday is the only victim still warded. “The student is in stable condition and she has a history of asthma,” he said.