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?

What and where is Pasir Gudang?

Pasir Gudang, an industrial town located in Mukim Plentong, Johor Bahru District in Johor, Malaysia.

What happened?
Communities affected

Two men wearing safety equipment to deal with hazardous materials.

Malaysia's clean up efforts

The chemicals from the Pasir Gudang chemical spill in Johor, and the potential harm they might have caused.

More schools closed
Effects on Malaysia in numbers

How the chemical dumping from Pasir Gudang had affected Malaysia in terms of victims affected, closure of schools, and monetary losses.

Was Singapore affected?

Singapore's Housing Development Board (HDB) estates along a river.

Who is responsible and what are the charges?
How Malaysia will move forward in the aftermath
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Kathy Xu / Writer

Kathy used to write marine and environmental stories at Kontinentalist. She was history-trained but does other things now instead, like running an ecotourism shark conservation business, The Dorsal Effect. When free, she enjoys being in the ocean, trying to spot some sharks or just home cuddling with her cavvie, Danea.

Infographics / Joceline Kuswanto
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