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Situation in Pasir Gudang under control

KUALA LUMPUR, The government is in the midst of identifying the culprits behind the chemical pollution in Pasir Gudang which has so far affected the health of over 2,000 people in the area.

This was confirmed by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at a press conference after visiting some of the victims being treated at the Sultan Ismail Hospital in Johor Bahru today.

The incident, which began on March 7, is now under control as various government agencies have been mobilised to the affected areas to address the issue and provide the best treatment to the victims involved.

Among the Federal Government agencies involved in handling the case are the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma), the Malaysian Armed Forces, the Ministry of Health and the Department of Environment.

Also involved in the crisis management operations are the police, the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department, Hazardous Materials Management (Hazmat) Team, Drainage and Irrigation Department and Ministry of Education.

To date, 2,775 people have sought treatment at several hospitals in Johor due to the incident, with seven of them in the Intensive Care Unit.

It also led to the Ministry of Education directing the closure of all 111 schools in the Pasir Gudang district as a precautionary measure. A total of 92 kindergartens and nurseries in affected areas have also followed suit.

To ensure that the number of victims remains at a manageable level, the state government has also begun periodic checks on the air quality to keep the public informed.

Residents in the area have also been advised to be more environmentally conscious and to follow the instructions of the authorities.

Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir also praised the personnel of various agencies who have worked hard to bring the situation under control.

“They have done their job well even though such a case has never occurred (here),” said Dr Mahathir, who described the response of doctors and medical personnel to the situation as ‘extraordinary’.

Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Yeo Bee Yin when answering questions on the matter in Parliament today stressed that the ministry was committed to investigating the incident thoroughly and bring those responsible to justice.

“The ministry has mobilised resources from other states to inspect all 254 chemical plants in the vicinity of Pasir Gudang within three days,” he said.

She said among the early actions taken was to detain three men including two factory owners under Section 34B of the Environmental Quality Act, 1974.

“If convicted, they can be fined up to RM500,000 and jailed for not more than five years … this is only for the Act under this ministry, if there is an investigation involving the police or other agencies, then further charges can be framed,” she said.

Meanwhile, the screening centre for victims at Dewan Komuniti Pasir Puteh (DKPP)) was closed and moved to the Pasir Gudang Indoor Stadium due to the proximity of DKPP to Sungai Kim Kim.

Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Ahmad Shah? urged the public to use the Mobile i-Tegur application to report any illegal waste dumping so that action could be taken against the culprits.

Biro Guaman Wanita (Guamnita), a legal aid bureau for women, offered to assist victims of the disaster to seek legal recourse.

Its chairman Azlinda Baroni said those needing its help could do so by emailing to guamnita@gmail.com.

Barisan Nasional deputy chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, meanwhile, urged the government to table a White Paper in Parliament on the crisis.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in a statement said the party had despatched members of its Amal unit to render assistance to those in need.

Source: BERNAMA

Quick rich schemes companies use Islamic terms to cheat

KUALA LUMPUR, Using Islamic terms and masquerading as an ”Ustaz” (male religious teacher) are among the cheating tactics of quick rich scheme companies which have successfully duped many people.

Financial consultant Shamsuddin Kadir said most individuals who were cheated comprised of various backgrounds including professionals, the highly educated, government and private sector retirees and the young.

”When they (the quick rich scheme companies) use Islamic terms such as the word hibah (gift), people are indeed easily influenced. Individuals too are easily influenced when they say the investments made are shares for the hereafter such as building hotels in Mecca and calling themselves ”ustaz”, whilst such matters have no validity.

Source: BERNAMA

Quick rich schemes companies use Islamic terms to cheat

KUALA LUMPUR, Using Islamic terms and masquerading as an ”Ustaz” (male religious teacher) are among the cheating tactics of quick rich scheme companies which have successfully duped many people.

Financial consultant Shamsuddin Kadir said most individuals who were cheated comprised of various backgrounds including professionals, the highly educated, government and private sector retirees and the young.

”When they (the quick rich scheme companies) use Islamic terms such as the word hibah (gift), people are indeed easily influenced. Individuals too are easily influenced when they say the investments made are shares for the hereafter such as building hotels in Mecca and calling themselves ”ustaz”, whilst such matters have no validity.

Source: BERNAMA

Man killed on suspicion of stealing bananas

KUANTAN, A man died after he was run over by the son of the owner of a banana farm in an incident in Kampung Paya Lang, Mengkuang, Bera near here today.

According to Pahang Crime Investigation Department head Datuk Othman Nayan, the 25-year-old victim was confirmed dead at the Triang Health Clinic in Bera at 3 am.

The victim was believed to have been run over by the farm owner’s son who arrived there at 2 am after he was informed by his workers that three men had trespassed on the land.

However, the three men escaped on motorcycles and were chased by the suspect on his four-wheel-drive vehicle. Initially, he could not see the victim, but on his return from the farm, the suspect saw two motorcycles similar to those used by the men who encroached on his property and rammed them, he told reporters here today.

Othman said the suspect then lodged a police report while the victim’s friends informed his wife before they sent him to the health clinic.

Othman said police have detained the 22-year-old suspect and his friends, aged 19 and 22, as well as an Indonesian man, 47, who worked on the banana farm.

Also detained were two of the victim’s friends, aged 31 and 33, to help in the investigations.

Source: BERNAMA

Man killed on suspicion of stealing bananas

KUANTAN, A man died after he was run over by the son of the owner of a banana farm in an incident in Kampung Paya Lang, Mengkuang, Bera near here today.

According to Pahang Crime Investigation Department head Datuk Othman Nayan, the 25-year-old victim was confirmed dead at the Triang Health Clinic in Bera at 3 am.

The victim was believed to have been run over by the farm owner’s son who arrived there at 2 am after he was informed by his workers that three men had trespassed on the land.

However, the three men escaped on motorcycles and were chased by the suspect on his four-wheel-drive vehicle. Initially, he could not see the victim, but on his return from the farm, the suspect saw two motorcycles similar to those used by the men who encroached on his property and rammed them, he told reporters here today.

Othman said the suspect then lodged a police report while the victim’s friends informed his wife before they sent him to the health clinic.

Othman said police have detained the 22-year-old suspect and his friends, aged 19 and 22, as well as an Indonesian man, 47, who worked on the banana farm.

Also detained were two of the victim’s friends, aged 31 and 33, to help in the investigations.

Source: BERNAMA