Press Statement 8 March 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Johor government and the Department of Environment (JAS) to take stern action against the culprits who dumped chemicals into Sungai Kim Kim near Pasir Gudang which had affected the health of students and school canteen workers in the surrounding yesterday.
In the incident, 35 victims were reported to have experienced breathing difficulties, vomiting and with some fainting upon inhaling what is believed to be methane gas.
SAM is of the opinion that a heavy punishment should be meted on the perpetrators in relation to their offence as they have severely impacted public health and the environment.
Under Section 34B of the Environmental Quality Act 1974 the maximum fine of RM500,000 and imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years can be imposed on any person who contravenes the Section.Read more