KUALA LUMPUR – The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar has described the second incident of toxic chemical pollution in Pasir Gudang as ‘despicable and total disgrace’.
He has also instructed all federal and state leaders to resolve the issue.
According to the Sultan, the latest incident clearly showed complete flaws and weaknesses, if not incompetence in the state and federal disaster management system.
“We were assured that everything was alright. We heard the politicians and officials issuing assurances but in less than three months, the people of Johor are facing the same issue again.
“This is despicable and a total disgrace,” His Majesty said in an exclusive interview with The Star.
Sultan Ibrahim said, he did not want to be given empty promises that such incidences will not happen again.
Visibly upset by the incident, the Sultan found it hard to accept that the two pollution-related incidents happened at the same area despite from difference source within three months.
“I read that the state government has spent about RM6.4 million to clean Sungai Kim Kim from the toxic waste last March.
“Then, another minister issued conflicting statements, who, at first affirmed that the latest incident was related to the earlier case in Sungai Kim Kim but later denied it.
“These statements are very confusing and conflicting. In my opinion, they should be speaking authoritatively on such important matter and carry out their duties competently and effectively,” he said.
His Majesty also proposed that Johor state government to get rid of or relocate the industries which give bad impacts to the environment in the state as it not only endanger the people of Johor but also involved the Singaporeans.
He cited, plastic manufacturers are allowed to operate in Johor while the other states rejected them.
“I don’t care about the so-called economic value of these toxic industries, as I am only concerned about the health of Johoreans. That is far more important than money.
“I don’t want the politicians, whether state or federal, to tell me about the economic impact. Please stop these,” he said.
Sultan Ibrahim also advised the politicians to focus on serving the people, and not be busy politicking aimlessly and endlessly at the expense of the people of Johor. -MalaysiaGazette