Factory may face court action for gas leak
STERN action will be taken against a chemical factory in Bukit Merah, Perak which was involved in a chlorine gas leak incident if it was found to have flouted the relevant regulations, said Deputy Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Abd Muttalib.
He said an investigation was being conducted against Malay-Sino Chemical Industries Sdn Bhd to ensure the factory complied with the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 and the Factories and Machinery Act 1967.
“Investigations are still being carried out to identify the cause and if there have been violations of the regulations, court action will be taken,” he said in reply to V. Sivakumar (DAP-Batu Gajah) yesterday who wanted to know the government’s stand on the chemical factory.
He also wants a complete report on the chlorine gas leak incident and its effects on the health and safety of residents in the surrounding areas.
Ismail said in the Sept 17 incident, a ferric acid tank (ferric chloride) fell and broke causing the liquid to mix with sodium hypochlorite in the pipe which produced chlorine gas in the factory at about 9.45am. – Bernama