Fac­tory may face court ac­tion for gas leak

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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

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