Malaysia shuts 111 schools as toxic dumping poisons hundreds

Lester Mason
March 16, 2019

She said the government would do whatever is necessary to ensure the safety of the people around Pasir Gudang, especially children.

"I think the situation is under control", Mohamad told reporters in Pasir Gudang, after visiting the disaster management operation centre and the hospital where the victims are being treated.

The prime minister was asked if there was need to declare an emergency for Pasir Gudang in Johor and evacuation of residents there because of the crisis.

It was a sharp increase from the 35 people, mostly pupils, who were taken to hospital after the toxic waste dump was first detected last week.

According to investigators' initial reports, a truck is believed to have dumped toxic waste in southern Johor state last week, releasing unsafe fumes over a large area and causing widespread poisoning symptoms such as nausea and vomiting among the population.

"We can not say the worst is over, on the other hand we don't think it will be more serious".

"That is the second level, if the state level is unable to handle the situation, then it will request assistance from the federal government".

Dr Mahathir also noted the seriousness of the incident as the pollution involves gas.

"I found from the briefings I was given by various parties that they had carried out their duties well even though such a situation has never happened before (in the country)".

Present during the visit were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian.

"The ministry of education has made a decision to close all 111 schools in the Pasir Gudang area immediately", he said in a statement.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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