JOHOR BAHRU (March 19): The police have arrested nine men, two of them in Johor and seven outside the state, to assist in the investigation into the dumping of chemical waste in a river in Pasir Gudang, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said yesterday.
The police had applied to the court to have the men remanded for six days from yesterday to help the police in the probe, he told reporters after the presentation of Pingat Jasa Pahlawan Negara (PJPN) awards at the Johor Police headquarters here.
Mohamad Fuzi said the investigation will be conducted under Section 278 of the Penal Code for making the atmosphere noxious to health, under Section 284 of the Penal Code for negligent conduct with respect to any poisonous substance and under Section 326 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means.
The dumping of chemical wastes in Sungai Kim Kim in Pasir Gudang was realised on March 7 when many students, teachers and staff of schools near the river suffered breathing difficulty, vomiting, nausea and sore throat after inadvertently inhaling toxic fumes emanating from the effluents.
On March 13, the Education Ministry ordered all the 111 schools in Pasir Gudang to close after many more people suffered what has come to be called the ‘Kim Kim Symptoms’.