The Dewan Rakyat has approved an emergency motion for the federal government to declare a state of emergency following the chemical dumping incident in Sungai Kim Kim in Pasir Gudang, Johor.
Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof accepted the motion, which was tabled by Pasir Gudang MP Hassan Abdul Karim under Standing Order 18 (1).
“As the Speaker, I am satisfied that the motion meets with all of the requirements – that it is a specific matter, of public interest, and urgent.
“I will allow the motion to be debated at 4.30pm for a period of 60 minutes,” he said.
Earlier, lawmakers from both sides of the political divide called for Parliament to debate the motion to declare an emergency over the incident.
The chemical pollution in Pasir Gudang is getting critical with 30 more students down with breathing difficulties.
The students are from SMK Nusa Damai in Taman Scientex, which is about 6km from the site where the chemicals were dumped in Sungai Kim Kim.
This brings the total number of victims to 975 since the incident occurred last Thursday.
An official of the school said at about 10am yesterday, some students experienced breathing difficulties while others fainted.
He said there were also students who experienced vomiting, while others suffered sore eyes, dizziness and chest pain.
Students with more serious complaints were brought to Dewan Taman Pasir Putih, which had been turned into a ground command centre-cum-first health checkpoint.“We had volunteers help the students leave the school in ambulances,” he said when met at the school.
One of the victims, Nur Diana Batrisya Ahmad Sabtu, 14, said panic broke out when one of her classmates cried due to pain in her chest.
“This is when other students also felt the same,” she said.
Najwa Suziele Mohd Zamani, 17, said she had a headache at about 10am before vomiting.
“I was given some medicine for my headache and the doctor told me to go to hospital if my symptoms continued,” she said.
It is learnt that students in several other schools namely SK Taman Scientex, SK Taman Mawar, SMK Taman Rinting and SMK Taman Cendana also had similar complaints.
Authorities believe that airborne chemicals could spread to a larger area as the initial schools affected were all downstream, while SMK Nusa Damai was upstream.
The crisis was sparked off last Wednesday when unknown chemicals were dumped into Sungai Kim Kim.
The following day, 103 students from SK and SMK Pasir Putih were rushed to hospital with respiratory problems.
On Monday, a total of 106 students from the same schools were also affected, followed by 260 people who included 158 students from SK and SMK Tanjung Puteri Resort on Tuesday.