There will a delay in bringing charges against the owner of an illegal tyre recycling factory said to be responsible for dumping chemicals into Sungai Kim Kim and causing a health crisis in Pasir Gudang.
Johor Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman Dr Sahruddin Jamal said investigation papers had already been sent to the Deputy Public Prosecutor’s Office, but there was a request for more information to be added.
“The Department of Environment (DOE) has been told to add more information to complete the investigation papers.
“Prosecution has yet to be carried out until we receive further instructions from the Deputy Public Prosecutor’s Office,” he said in a statement on Thursday (March 14).
Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin announced yesterday that the man would be charged today.
She said the suspect, whose factory is in Kulai, would be charged under Section 34B of the Environmental Quality Act 1974.
She added that the owner faced a maximum imprisonment of five years and a fine of RM500,000 if found guilty.
More than 500 people, many of them students, have sought medical treatment and have been warded in hospital after inhaling the toxic fumes emanating from the waste.
The Education Ministry has also closed 111 schools indefinitely due to the contamination.