Special coordinating committee on Pasir Gudang pollution to be set up

Checks being conducted on pollution levels in Pasir Gudang. (Bernama pic)

BERA: A special committee to coordinate the parties involved in pollution issues in Pasir Gudang, Johor, will be set up, says Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.

She said the idea for the establishment of the committee was brought up by Johor Menteri Besar Dr Sahruddin Jamal in their discussions yesterday and it would be officially announced by the Johor government.

“The committee will coordinate all parties involved, such as the Department of Environment, Health Department, local authorities and the land office.

“This special committee will sit for six months to ensure the incidents of pollution do not recur,” she told reporters after attending an Aidilfitri open house of the National Community Policy Movers NGO coalition at the Bera Rakan Muda Complex here today.

Zuraida also gave her assurance that she would forward the allegation of a father that his son contracted myokymia due to the toxic pollution of Sungai Kim Kim in Pasir Gudang to the relevant parties, including the health ministry and the energy, science, technology, environment and climate change ministry.

The father’s allegations have gone viral on social sites since yesterday.

He claimed his 12-year-old son could not stand on his own and was shivering. Apart from seeking treatment at Kuala Lumpur Hospital, he said he intends to sue the authorities on the matter.