Infrastructure & Development / Southeast Asia

Pasir Gudang dumping—what happened and who is responsible?

by Kathy Xu

On the morning of 7 March 2019, several individuals in Pasir Gudang, Johor, were hospitalised for what looked like symptoms of chemical poisoning. It was later discovered that a lorry carrying chemical waste illegally dumped it in the nearby Sungai Kim Kim river. How did it happen? And what will it take to prevent such acts from being committed in the future?