ISKANDAR PUTERI — March 19, 2019: Data and surveillance results after the recent Sungai Kim Kim contamination problem show that Pasir Gudang district has 46 more potential sources of pollution.
The locations were identified via satellite data and aerial surveillance using drones after the Sungai Kim Kim incident, where toxic chemical wastes dumped into the river led to serious air pollution from March 17 that affected more than 3,000 people.
“I do not as yet have accurate figures on whether they (the 46) are meant for disposal of domestic waste or scheduled waste,” said Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin to reporters here today.
Her ministry will be forming an evaluation committee to look into river pollution not only in Pasir Gudang but all industrial zones in the country.
“What is being done here will be extended to other industrial zones in the country. What we learnt from this incident is that we have to tighten the standard operating procedures to protect the environment,” she said.
The government will also amend the Environmental Quality Act to ensure there are no repeats of the Sungai Kim Kim incident. — Bernama