Monday, 19 August, 2019

Malaysian authorities order closure of 111 schools shut due to toxic fumes

Malaysia: 111 Schools Shut After Chemical Leak Poisonings Malaysia shuts 111 schools as poisonings become 'more critical'
Steven Clarke | 16 March, 2019, 09:48

Of the figure, 82 have been admitted to the Sultan Ismail Hospital (HSI), Sultanah Aminah Hospital (85), KPJ Pasir Gudang (39), Regency Hospital (three) while eight individuals are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of HSI.

The government is evaluating the seriousness of the air pollution caused by the disposal of chemical waste into Sungai Kim Kim, before deciding on whether to declare a state of emergency in Pasir Gudang, Johor, according to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. If found guilty, the suspect could be sentenced to five years in prison.

It was unclear what type of poisonous gas had been emitted near the industrial town of Pasir Gudang.

The Minister of Education, Maszlee Malik, yesterday arranged for the closure of 43 schools in the area, but then announced the total block of the lessons.

Apple slams Spotify's claim that it abuses its power with App Store
Spotify sued music creators after a decision by the US Copyright Royalty Board required Spotify to increase its royalty payments. It added that Spotify is "deeply integrated" into Carplay, and that its developers can access the same tools as anyone else.

Dr Mahathir said this after attending the Pasir Gudang Disaster Relief Management Committee meeting on efforts to contain the chemical pollution problem at Sungai Kim Kim on Thursday.

On 11 March, a second wave of methane poisoning took place a few hours after the two schools reopened.

The latest incident occurred on Tuesday, when 260 people were rushed to hospital with breathing difficulties.

"Those who are on duty to control and safeguard the situation also need to be prepared for any eventuality", he said, adding that the people should have faith in the government in handling the situation. The official reports that the authorities did not dispose of the chemicals after concluding that they were no longer reactive and claims that the costs of the operations affected the decision.

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