Yeo: Report to relocate high-risk factories to be ready in five weeks

Yeo: Report to relocate high-risk factories to be ready in five weeks

BANGI: An analysis report on the relocation of high-risk factories in Pasir Gudang will be completed and handed over to the Johor state government in five weeks.

“Even though there are no anomalies, what has happened is that the development in Pasir Gudang is too concentrated.

“Therefore, we are doing an analysis. After that, the analysis results will be handed over to the state government for further action,” said Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (Mestecc) Minister Yeo Bee Yin at a press conference today.

It was reported yesterday that gas readings taken by the Department of Environment (DOE) at 14 schools in the Pasir Gudang area from July 18 to 21 were normal.

The readings were detecting acrolein, acrylonitrile, methyl mercaptan and benzene, as part of the DOE’s air quality monitoring.

“There are two things you need to understand. First is that the gas readings at the schools that showed symptoms, those that didn’t show symptoms and those outside of Pasir Gudang, showed the same readings.

“Second is that in the urine and blood, the test was negative for toxicology. There is no trace of chemicals.

“We have tested 85 samples of those who show symptoms,” Yeo said.

Pasir Gudang has been affected by pollution twice this year, starting with the pollution in Sungai Kim Kim due to chemical waste dumping in March.

Subsequently, it was hit by an air pollution incident in June, which more than 3,000 people affected and schools being closed down.

On related matter, Yeo said her ministry has checked all the 257 chemical-based factories in Pasir Gudang, with 12 factories being closed down and three brought to court.