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According to the chairman of the Johor Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee, Dr. Sahruddin Jamal, agencies involved in the clean-up operation of Sungai Kim Kim collected some 2.43 tonnes of chemical wastes on the day the incident was reported.
“However, the cleaning-up work had to be stopped on the second day, which was on March 8, after getting advice from the Health Department and DOE, as it is found that the waste is toxic and, thus, needed to meet the standards set by Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH),” he added.
Dr. Sahruddin said that the cleaning work continued yesterday (13 March) as authorities had then appointed contractors with experiences in handling toxic waste. He added that the numbers of those affected by the pollution stood at 947 while 209 victims were warded at government hospitals and 8 others placed in intensive care units.
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There are 111 schools and universities in Pasir Gudang which have been instructed to close indefinitely.
On the issue of class replacements in school, Education Minister, YB Dr. Maszlee Malik commented that it is not important at the moment, as the safety of children should be prioritized first for now.
Dr. Maszlee said that besides students, the ministry will also take into account the welfare of teachers and staff affected by the pollution.
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