100 Pasir Gudang victims lodge report against officials

A child who fell ill due to pollution caused by the dumping of chemical waste into Sungai Kim Kim in March is wheeled into the Medic Base Stadium in Pasir Gudang for treatment. (Bernama pic)

JOHOR BAHRU: More than 100 victims of air pollution in Pasir Gudang lodged a police report today calling on the authorities to conduct a comprehensive investigation.

Among the victims who lodged the reports were residents of Taman Pasir Putih, Kota Masai and Tanjung Puteri Resort, which were among many areas affected by polluted air in March and June.

The police report was made through the Resident Action Body On Environment Pollution Issues of Taman Pasir Putih.

The body’s deputy chairman, Mohd Rafee Abdullah, 46, said that an investigation must be done because there was a possibility that the monitoring and enforcement conducted was imperfect resulting in pollution taking place.

He said that the body had found shortcomings after scrutinising the data of illegal dumpsites, illegal factories, plants flouting the rules and the recent media reports.

‘’We want the authorities concerned to conduct an investigation to determine if there are elements of corruption, threats to the enforcement authorities or misconduct which cause these incidents,’’ he told reporters here today.

Seri Alam district police chief Ismail Dollah confirmed that a police report had been lodged by the body today.