Exco man sets up fund to help pollution victim Irfan Wafiy

Irfan Wafiy Idham Wazir has been diagnosed as suffering from myokymia, a nerve-related illness, alleged to be due to exposure to air pollution from dumping of toxic chemical waste in Johor. (Bernama pic)

JOHOR BAHRU: A fund is to be set up to help a primary schoolboy, Irfan Wafiy Idham Wazir, 12, who is suffering from myokymia, a nerve-related illness.

State executive councillor for education, Aminolhuda Hassan, said the fund would help to cover the cost of treatment for Irfan Wafiy.

“We hope members of the public and the companies nearby could assist in providing treatment after he sits for his UPSR exam this September,” he said.

He added the costs and recommended treatment, either locally or abroad, as well as the form of assistance, would be discussed later.

Aminolhuda made the announcement after visiting pupils of SK Taman Bukit Dahlia, who were affected by the dumping of toxic chemicals in Sungai Kim Kim in March.

Irfan was said to be one of those affected.

Irfan’s father, Idham Wazir A Wahab, 49, expressed his gratitude on the setting up of a fund to assist with the treatment.

“I appreciate it. We do need assistance in terms of cost for the treatment overseas. Currently, I am bearing all costs for the treatment in Kuala Lumpur, for both the traditional and alternative treatments, supplements and medications.

“The cost of treatment of myokymia seems high. I’m not sure how much but there is none in Malaysia. So far, he is only receiving normal medication for seizure.

“But I limit the intake because I do not want it to affect his attention in school as it causes drowsiness,” he said.