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Putrajaya not declaring emergency over Pasir Gudang toxic fumes

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 — The government will not declare an emergency in Pasir Gudang where hundreds have required medical treatment from inhaling toxic fumes emitted by waste dumped illegally in Sungai Kim Kim last Thursday.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohamed Hanipa Maidin told the Dewan Rakyat today that even though the government is not declaring an emergency, the federal government is already assisting the Johor government as if it was an emergency situation.

“Even though my colleague from Pasir Gudang requested the government to declare a state of emergency, I need to explain that an emergency situation requires a few levels. The first is at district government and when the district cannot handle it, it will ask the state government.

“That is the second level, if the state level is unable to handle the situation, then it will request assistance from the federal government. Right now the state government (of Johor) said it can still handle the situation.

“However, the federal government has already deployed assets and resources as if the situation has already been declared an emergency situation,” said Hanipa in his winding-up speech on the emergency motion to debate the Pasir Gudang incident today.

He said Putrajaya has already sent the police, the military, hazmat teams, fire department, Environment Department, Health Ministry and Education Ministry among other agencies.



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