Malaysian police arrest nine over Pasir Gudang toxic chemical spill

Personnel from the Emergency Medical Services and the military take soil samples along a site that is believed to have been the area where chemical waste was dumped in Pasir Gudang, Johor, on March 14, 2019.
Personnel from the Emergency Medical Services and the military take soil samples along a site that is believed to have been the area where chemical waste was dumped in Pasir Gudang, Johor, on March 14, 2019. ST PHOTO: ZAIHAN MOHAMED YUSOF

PASIR GUDANG (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The police have arrested nine suspects in connection to the illegal dumping that led to toxic pollution of Sungai Kim Kim here.

Inspector General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said two men were detained in Johor Baru while the other seven were caught outside Johor Baru on Sunday (March 17).

"We cannot reveal their age and where they were detained, as this could jeopardise our investigation on the case," he added.

Tan Sri Fuzi spoke to reporters after attending an event at the Johor Police Contingent headquarters on Monday.

He said the suspects have been remanded until next Sunday to assist with the investigation.

Mr Fuzi said the case is being investigated under Sections 278, 284 and 326 of the Penal Code.