Pasir Gudang: Over 4,000 calling into hospitals sick, still no emergency?

Common sense prevailed when Pasir Gudang MP Hassan Abdul Karim appealed to the Dewan Rakyat to do away with “technical red-tape” and allow an emergency motion to be tabled immediately. Source (pic): The Malaysian Reserve

The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, is angry with certain parties for spreading accusations that he is involved with a factory said to have caused the pollution in Pasir Gudang .

The dumping of chemical waste in Sungai Kim Kim has thus far resulted in more than 4,000 residents seeking treatment for symptoms such as nausea, dizziness and vomiting.

TTF: These attempts to link the ruler of Johor are all diversion tactics.

The fact is, at the time Mahathir did his rounds with the Johor Menteri Besar at the affected area and found no need to declare a state of emergency, people who called into hospitals and clinics sick numbered a little over 2,000.

Since then, in a span of just two days, the number has more than doubled despite claims by the Minister of Health that things were under control.

So it looks like I was right.

On the 15th of March 2019, I wrote (in Malay):

Berapa ramai lagi mangsa diperlukan sebelum keadaan dianggap tidak terkawal?

3,000? 30,000? 300,000??

Tidakkah Dr Dzulkefly tahu bahawa sudah menjadi lumrah dalam bidang perubatan bahawa sesetengah penyakit boleh mengambil masa beberapa hari, minggu mahupun bulan sebelum ianyna menonjol selepas berlakunya sesuatu jangkitan ataupun keracunan?

Apakah pihak kementerian telah menjalankan kajian yang terperinci dalam tempoh tiga-empat hari sahaja hinggakan berani menjamin bahawa keadaan adalah terkawal dan tidak mungkin berlaku situasi di luar batasan jangkaan?

Sepatutnya, Menteri Kesihatan tidak hanya menumpukan perhatian kepada keupayaan pencemaran yang berlaku di Pasir Gudang untuk membunuh sahaja kerana salah satu objektif utama sesebuah kerajaan adalah untuk memastikan bahawa kesejaahteraaan rakyat sentiasa terpelihara, bukan hanya sekadar memastikan rakyat tidak terbunuh.

A day earlier, I wrote:

The Federal Constitution of Malaysia provides that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may issue a Proclamation of Emergency and make a declaration to that effect if he is satisfied a grave emergency exists whereby the security, economic life or public order in the Federation or any part thereof is threatened.

Doing so (declaring emergency) would empower the Government of Malaysia (GoM) to perform actions it isn’t normally permitted to perform so that all concerned can act swiftly and prevent more people from calling into hospitals sick.

So please, can the GoM not waste any more time and seek for the Proclamation of Emergency before things get worse?


JOHOR BARU: The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, is angry with certain parties for spreading accusations that he is involved with a factory said to have caused the pollution in Pasir Gudang.

Sultan Ibrahim today told them not to hoodwink the public over the weakness of those who were supposed to carry out their duties but to instead focus on solving the problem.

“It has come to my knowledge that there are certain parties trying to spread accusations that I am involved with a factory which caused the pollution in Pasir Gudang,” he said through his official Facebook account.


“I wish to remind all parties to stop politicising the issue.

“Bring concrete evidence to prove that I am involved with the factory because I do not fear and bow to accusations which have tarnished the Johor royal institution.”

The dumping of chemical waste in Sungai Kim Kim has thus far resulted in more than 4,000 residents seeking treatment for symptoms such as nausea, dizziness and vomiting.

All 111 schools in Pasir Gudang have also been closed temporarily.

Sultan Ibrahim said he would from keep track of the incident as well as the clean-up work being carried out by the authorities.

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