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Posted 14 March 2019 - 06:18 PM

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The first thought that flashed across my mind when I read the news: I am very thankful that Singapore have strict legislation to prevent the occurrence of such massive chemical incident. :confident:

 

 
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JOHOR BAHRU: Malaysia’s education ministry on Wednesday (Mar 13) ordered all 111 schools in Pasir Gudang to shut after a suspected chemical leak there left hundreds of people ill with methane poisoning.
 
As of 8pm on Wednesday, more than 940 people have sought treatment for shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, said Johor Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman Sahruddin Jamal.
 
Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad refuted a viral report that a student had died due to the chemical pollution in Pasir Gudang.
 
“I want to stress that the viral report about the death of a victim is not true. There is no death,” he told a press conference at the State Disaster Management Operation Centre on Wednesday.
 
Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin also said that one of suspects involved in the case is expected to be charged on Thursday.
 
In a statement on his official Facebook page, Education Minister Maszlee Malik said: “Unfortunately, I was told today that the situation is getting more critical.
 
"I've ordered for all schools within a three-kilometre radius to be shut immediately. Teachers also don't need to be on duty because the situation is still dangerous.”
 
Ms Yeo said that she has been in contact with the Attorney-General on the possibility of bringing multiple charges against the suspect, due to the serious nature of the offence and inadequacy of the penalty under the Environment Quality Act.
 
Upon conviction, a person can be sentenced to a maximum of five years jail and fined RM500,000 (US$122,000) under Section 34B of the Environmental Quality Act 1974.
 
“As the Department of Environment has completed the investigation, we will go ahead and prosecute but it is not limited to this (environmental) law. The person can be charged under the Penal Code and, possibly, other laws too," she said.
 
Two schools - Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Pasir Putih and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Pasir Putih - were first ordered to shut on Mar 7, after students and school employees breathed in methane fumes from chemicals that were illegally dumped in the nearby Sungai Kim Kim.
 
Over the weekend, at least 82 people were hospitalised or sought treatment. Three men were detained.
 
A second wave of methane poisoning hit just hours after the two schools re-opened on Monday.
 
By Tuesday evening, 13 schools in Pasir Gudang were ordered to close, as hundreds suffered methane poisoning.
 
Johor Fire and Rescue Department’s director-general Mohammad Hamdan Wahid said on Wednesday that the second wave of poisoning would not have taken place if the dumped chemicals were immediately removed.
 
He said the authorities did not dispose of the chemicals after concluding that they were no longer reactive, and believed it was due to the costs involved.
 
“This was not a good decision. By right, it should have been disposed earlier," the director-general was quoted as saying by Malay Mail.
 
“Due to the current hot weather, the chemical emitted hazardous fumes again, which then spread via (the) wind and made more people sick."
 
Mr Mohammad Hamdan said the school closures were necessary as the current hot weather could trigger further chemical reactions.
 

 

And that is the second occurrence. The 1st case was reported a week ago, on 7 March, with no further action taken. :pissed-off:

 

 
JOHOR BAHRU: Thirty-five people, mostly students, have been hospitalised after breathing in methane from chemical waste that had been illegally dumped into a river in Pasir Gudang.
 
Those who fell ill were students and canteen workers from two schools, which were ordered shut on Thursday (Mar 7) while investigations take place.
 
"Twenty-one people are warded at the Sultan Ismail Hospital here including three in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), five are being treated at the emergency unit of the hospital while the rest were given outpatient treatment and allowed to go home," said Johor Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman Sahruddin Jamal.
 
"All of them, aged from seven to 40 years, are reported to be stable."
 
Dr Sahruddin had said earlier on Thursday that eight people were in critical condition. A student had fainted and five more started vomiting after breathing in methane on Thursday morning.
 
A tanker lorry is believed to have dumped chemical waste into the Kim Kim River in Johor on Wednesday morning. 
 
The Fire and Rescue Department has identified an area with a radius of about 500m which was polluted by the illegal dumping, and has installed oil booms to prevent the chemical from spreading.
 
While Dr Sahruddin said the situation is now under control, residents who show symptoms of gas poisoning, like nausea and throat irritation, have been advised to seek treatment. 
 
"The chemical is always moving in the water, so there is a possibility they are also exposed. If they experience symptoms like breathing difficulties, cough and red eyes, quickly go for treatment at the nearby clinics,” he said. 
 
Samples of the river pollution have been taken to be analysed. 
 
Those found guilty of illegally dumping waste can be jailed for up to five years and fined up to RM500,000 (US$122,000).
 
The incident has incurred the wrath of residents in Taman Pasir Putih, a town near the polluted site.
 
Several reported having headaches although their symptoms were not severe as the hospitalised victims.
 
Mohamad Hazrin Mohamad Razali, 39, said he was worried about his children because both of them have asthma.
 
Another resident, Asrul Abeli, 32, said the action was "thoughtless".
 
"What more it is near schools resulting in children becoming ill ... I hope an investigation can be conducted to catch the culprits,’’ said Asrul.

 


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Posted 14 March 2019 - 06:21 PM

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This is technically near punggol. Take care and be safe mcfers in punggol.
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 06:30 PM

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Heng I stopped running liao.

Seriously, abit concern for the resident of punggol and sengkang.
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 06:43 PM

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Boleh garmen are busy thinking how to increase the water price from us. But forget to take a look at their own back yard water cleanliness.
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 07:07 PM

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People responsible should be charge for murder.
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 07:12 PM

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I think the river is nearer to Pulau Ubin. Not Punggol.


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Posted 14 March 2019 - 08:16 PM

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isn’t methane a gas at rtp?

how to dump into river and how will oil booms stop the spread?

😬😅
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Posted 14 March 2019 - 10:55 PM

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 11:19 PM

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isnât methane a gas at rtp?

how to dump into river and how will oil booms stop the spread?

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Is it done chemical waste that react with water and change into gases stage.

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 11:44 PM

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In recent years there would be occasional bad fumes in the air...not haze from Indonesia.

Recently there’s a report on three hot spot in Johore coupled with NE wind blowing the haze towards SK PG.

My FS book suggests I should move in NE direction for great fortune but that’d leave me only PG or Pulau Ubin. MLWML 😂😅
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Posted 15 March 2019 - 12:25 AM

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First post mentioned legislation. Legislation is there in Malaysia but it's the wild wild west there, anything goes, people will do anything but not get caught mentality. No law is going to help without education

The PH govt is busy fighting fire after fire, and until today ah jib case still stuck in the courts!

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 03:14 AM

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I think the river is nearer to Pulau Ubin. Not Punggol.

Just googled map for the dumping gorund for SG kim kim. It much further inland than the industrial portion of Pasir Gudang. About 7km to Punggol Settlement.
 
My guess is this bridge location base on the report here,

 

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 06:01 AM

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Boleh garmen are busy thinking how to increase the water price from us. But forget to take a look at their own back yard water cleanliness.

Their backyard has too many other things to clean up other than water.
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Posted 15 March 2019 - 09:07 AM

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Ownself small river cannot settle still want to kpkb other countrys' issues. f**k off madhatter, you are absolutely useless as a leader, only made your country worse and your legacy will never allow it to rise above its current standing. It's just too bad msians are too blinded to see that. Not that we are going to complain of course. The only thing madhatter is good at, is shouting about how certain folk deserve to get something for doing nothing.

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 09:11 AM

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Boleh garmen are busy thinking how to increase the water price from us. But forget to take a look at their own back yard water cleanliness.

our water source is also there.

 

i cannot imagine if 1 day same thing happen to it


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Posted 15 March 2019 - 09:14 AM

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our water source is also there.

i cannot imagine if 1 day same thing happen to it


At least we still have sai/pee pee water

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 12:48 PM

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SINGAPORE: No anomalies have been detected in Singapore's air and water quality, the authorities said on Thursday (Mar 14) after illegal toxic waste dumping in Pasir Gudang, Johor left hundreds of people ill.
 
In a joint statement, the National Environment Agency (NEA), Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), Singapore's water agency PUB and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that they are closely monitoring the situation in Pasir Gudang.
 
​​​​​​​"We understand that the clean-up operation by the Malaysian authorities is in progress. The affected area is outside of the Johor River catchment, and there is no impact on Singapore’s water supply," said the statement.
 
"SCDF, NEA and PUB have not detected any anomalies in our local air and water quality. The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority has been working with our farmers to monitor the situation and no anomalies or fish mortality have been observed at our fish farms."
 
On Mar 7, a tanker from an illegal tyre recycling factory is said to have dumped chemical waste into Sungai Kim Kim. Water from Sungai Kim Kim flows into the Strait of Johor, near Singapore’s Pulau Ubin.
 
SCDF and NEA said on Thursday that they are in contact with their Malaysian counterparts to get updates on the situation.
 
Earlier in the day, NEA said in a Facebook post: “The ambient Volatile Organic Compounds levels along Singapore’s coast remain within safe levels". 
 
"The seawater quality within the vicinity of Pulau Ubin is also within normal levels,” it added.
 
According to NEA, the 24-hr PSI since Mar 6 has been in the good to low-moderate range, while the 1-hr PM2.5 readings remained in Band I (Normal). 
 
As of 8pm on Wednesday, more than 940 people in Pasir Gudang have sought treatment for shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, said Johor Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman Sahruddin Jamal.
 
All 111 schools in Pasir Gudang were ordered shut by Malaysia’s education ministry.
 
The Sultan of Johor Ibrahim Iskandar has pledged RM1 million (US$244,700) to help aid efforts, and has ordered authorities to act against those responsible for dumping the toxic waste and asked for a thorough investigation.

 

 

 

Just googled map for the dumping gorund for SG kim kim. It much further inland than the industrial portion of Pasir Gudang. About 7km to Punggol Settlement.
 
My guess is this bridge location base on the report here,

 


 

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Actually the more worrying thing is with the contaminated water flowing downstream of Sungei Kim Kim, which will eventually ended up at the open sea, directly facing Pulau Ubin.

 

Meaning to say if the contaminant was not removed effective in the next few days by the Malaysian authority, it might continue to generate Methane along it flow path and Ubin may be next.

 

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 01:43 PM

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Hope they clear that river in Johore asap so that their “Kim Kim” water can flow directly into our bin, U in shape as water catchment then Singapore Huat Huat all the way.

Late LKY very into FS one you know?
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Posted 15 March 2019 - 02:01 PM

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Received this picture but don't know if its fake or not ..... :slow:

 

 

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 02:05 PM

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By the time the river flows into the sea adjoining Pulau Ubin, the toxic liquid will be diluted by the mass sea water. Thus the methane gas will be thinned out and not causing us harm!




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