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Kuching’s cat statue puts on N95 haze dust mask
KUCHING: A dust mask labelled N95 now adorns Kuching South’s iconic cat statue along Jalan Padungan with a reminder to the people on measures to cope with the air pollution caused by the thick trans...
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Increase in number of hotspots in Sumatra, Kalimatan, says DOE
PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The ongoing forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan, Indonesia are still contributing to the transboundary haze and hike in Air Pollutant...
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Firefighters put out 80% of Sri Aman forest blaze
KUALA LUMPUR: Firefighters have put out a fire in some 80% of an 81-hectare plantation and forest area in Sri Aman, Sarawak, which has recorded “hazardous” levels of haze pollution.
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Waste company’s licence suspended, says dept
PETALING JAYA: The licence of a Kedah waste company has been suspended pending the renewal of its business licence by the Sungai Petani municipal council, the National Solid Waste Management Departmen...
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Good news, bad news: Met Dept says haze to abate, but warns of flash floods, storms
The Meteorological Department is expecting air quality in the country to improve next week during the monsoon transition phase.
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Yoursay: In defence of Yeo over calls for her resignation
YOURSAY | ‘Haze is a decades-old problem which was never properly addressed by Indonesian and M’sian gov’ts.’ Resign for failing to tackle environmental issues, Yeo told Newday: Again and agai...
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Worsening haze: Sri Aman exceeds 400 once more
Sri Aman in Sarawak is once again worse hit by the transboundary haze being swept into the region, with its Air Pollution Index (API) exceeding 400.
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Air quality in Kuching among the world's worst
The haze in Kuching has resulted in Malaysia being ranked among the top 10 countries with the world’s worst air pollution index, according to the non-profit World Air Quality Index (WAQI). Based on ...
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More than 2,400 schools closed today, tomorrow due to haze
More than 2,400 schools nationwide are to be closed today and tomorrow as a result of the haze situation, the Education Ministry announced.
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Schools to close when API hits 200
PETALING JAYA: Schools in Selangor are reminded to close immediately once the Air Pollutant Index (API) goes over 200.
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More schools closed in Perak as air quality deteriorates
IPOH: Some 303 schools in Perak have been closed as the Air Pollutant Index (API) continues to rise, says Perak executive councillor Dr Abdul Aziz Bari
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API of 407 in Sri Aman
PETALING JAYA: Air quality in Sri Aman, Sarawak, has dropped to its lowest level since the latest haze outbreak, with an air pollutant index (API) of 407, that is considered hazardous.
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Researcher asks how Penang reclamation was approved in 2 days
GEORGE TOWN: An environmental researcher has questioned the unusually speedy approval of the proposed Penang South Reclamation or three islands project, given the complexity of the project.
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Johor schools shut due to haze to reopen Tuesday (Sept 17)
JOHOR BARU: Schools in Johor that were forced to shut down due to the worsening haze situation Saturday (Sept 14) will reopen Tuesday (Sept 17).
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MB: Selangor to seize land where farmers persist with open burning
KLANG (Bernama): The Selangor government will confiscate land in the state where farmers persist with open burning, says Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari.
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Asean needs to deal with root physical, political cause of forest fire, haze
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 16):  A real way to minimise the risk of worsening transboundary haze in the ASEAN region is to deal with the root physical and political causes of fires and haze.
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Asean needs to deal with root physical, political cause of forest fire, haze: Analyst
KUALA LUMPUR: A real way to minimise the risk of worsening transboundary haze in the Asean region is to deal with the root physical and political causes of fires and haze.
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Melaka suspends outdoor activities
PETALING JAYA: All sports and outdoor activities in Melaka have been suspended due to the worsening haze situation in the state.
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Peat fire in Muar, ‘very unhealthy’ in Tangkak and Melaka
PUTRAJAYA: “Very unhealthy” air quality was reported in Tangkak, Johor, and Melaka city, caused by trans-boundary haze and several incidents of fires in the bush and on private land.
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Schools in Sabah will be ordered to close if haze worsens, says state Education Minister
KOTA KINABALU (Bernama) Schools located in the districts affected by the haze in Sabah will be ordered to close if the situation worsens, says State Education and...
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Haze: API reading in two Sabah districts rises to unhealthy levels
KOTA KINABALU: The air quality in two districts in Sabah - Tawau and Sandakan - reached unhealthy levels on Sunday (Sept 15).
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Haze worsens in Melaka, events cancelled
PETALING JAYA: All sports and outdoor activities in Melaka have been postponed due to the worsening haze situation in the state.
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Schools in three Johor districts to remain closed Sunday (Sept 15)
JOHOR BARU: Schools in the three haze-hit districts will remain closed until the air quality improves.
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Haze: More than 300 Johor schools to close Sunday (Sept 15)
JOHOR BARU: The Johor Education Department has closed down all schools and kindergartens in Pontian, Muar and Tangkak on Sunday (Sept 15) due to the haze.
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Haze: 220 schools, higher learning institutions in Tangkak, Muar to close Sunday (Sept 15)
TANGKAK (Bernama): Some 220 schools and institutions of higher learning in Tangkak and Muar will close Sunday (Sept 15) as the Air Pollutant Index (API) readings here...
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More spots affected by haze in Malaysia today
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 — Twenty-four locations across the country registered unhealthy air quality levels at 10am today, with Johan Setia in Selangor remaining the sole area with very unhealthy pollu...
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29 schools in S’gor to close tomorrow due to haze
A total of 29 schools in Klang and Kuala Langat will be closed tomorrow due to haze, up from only five schools today.
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As haze lingers, Selangor takes over from Pahang for worst air pollution
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 — Johan Setia in Selangor was “very unhealthy” according to the Environment Department’s (DoE) Air Pollution Index this morning, the sole location in Malaysia to be rated...
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Cabinet discussed ways to manage haze situation, says PM
The cabinet today discussed ways to manage the ongoing haze situation that has blanketed several parts of the country, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.
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Seri Manjung, first area in Perak to record unhealthy API
IPOH: Seri Manjung in Lumut became the first area in Perak to record unhealthy Air Pollutant Index level as of 10am this morning.
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Environment Dept bans open burning due to haze
The Environment Department has imposed a ban on open burning in the whole country, except for cremation, religious purposes, barbecues and flaring until the end of the South-West Monsoon period.
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Haze: API readings continue to rise throughout Klang Valley
Air pollutant index (API) readings throughout the Klang Valley have continued to rise amid worsening haze since yesterday morning.
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Peninsular haze not from us, says Indonesian met agency
PETALING JAYA: Indonesia’s meteorology agency has rejected a Malaysian accusation of smoke haze in the country from fires in Indonesia, and said “there is no transboundary haze as some foreign med...
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API in three areas of S'wak at very unhealthy levels - and rising
The Air Pollutant Index for Kuching and two other areas in Sarawak have shot up to very unhealthy levels as of 10am today.
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All areas in Sabah record moderate API levels Monday (Sept 9) morning
KOTA KINABALU (Bernama): As at 8.30am Monday (Sept 9), the Air Pollutant Index (API) in all areas in Sabah recorded moderate readings.
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As ‘very unhealthy’ air persists, Najib says to put off UPSR
PETALING JAYA: As “very unhealthy” air continues to persist in Sarawak, former prime minister Najib Razak has urged the government to put the UPSR examinations on hold for two weeks.
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Penang expected to be hit by prolonged hazy conditions
GEORGE TOWN - The public have been told to wear masks while outdoors as the state is expected to be hit by prolonged hazy conditions.
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Penang expected to be hit by prolonged hazy conditions
GEORGE TOWN: The public have been told to wear masks while outdoors as the state is expected to be hit by prolonged hazy conditions.
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Mystery of mass fish death solved
GEORGE TOWN: The presence of phytoplankton and the high stocking density in fish cages have been blamed for the mass death at fish farms in Teluk Bahang in May.
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Firefighters put out 99% of Gelang Patah blaze
ISKANDAR PUTERI: The integrated operation to put out the forest fire that had raged a total area of 16 hectares along Jalan Tanjung Kupang near Gelang Patah, has ended as of today.
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Be a transparent, accountable and clean government
ADUN SPEAKS | As Pakatan Harapan celebrates the second National Day since it took over Putrajaya, it faces continuous backlash from the conservatives as well as the bureaucracy that is largely uncoope...
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No mercy for water polluters
SEREMBAN: The state government has threatened to revoke immediately the operating licences of businesses caught polluting raw water resources, says Mentri Besar...
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Strange sludge washes up at Batu Ferringhi beach
GEORGE TOWN: The waters off Penang’s popular Batu Ferringhi beach appeared to have been heavily polluted since Sunday, disappointing many tourists and visitors for depriving them of a weekend dip in...
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Slight improvement in Miri haze situation as API readings drop
KUCHING (Aug 20): There was some improvement in the haze situation that has been choking Miri in the past weeks after the Air Pollutant Index readings for several areas in the district dropped to mod...
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Slight improvement in Miri haze situation as API readings drop
KUCHING: There was some improvement in the haze situation that has been choking Miri for the past weeks after the Air Pollutant Index (API) readings for several areas in the district dropped to modera...
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Haze worsens after brief respite in Sri Aman, Miri
After a respite, the haze has worsened again in Sri Aman and Miri in Sarawak.
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No bauxite mining megaproject in Kota Tinggi, says Johor gov't
The Johor state government today refuted a recent media report concerning a bauxite mining mega project in Kota Tinggi.
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Fishermen urge Penang to rehabilitate seawater before PSR
The Fishermen's Association of Penang (Pen Mutiara) today urged the state government to rehabilitate seawater which is believed to be polluted by sea reclamation projects, before embarking on any new ...
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Miri air quality still at hazardous levels as at noon Wednesday
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The air quality in Miri, Sarawak continues to be at hazardous levels as at noon Wednesday (Aug 14).
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Air quality in Miri remains hazardous
Air quality in Miri, Sarawak remains hazardous with an Air Pollution Index (API) reading of 379 as of 7am today.
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Miri continues to record hazardous API
The air quality in Miri, Sarawak continues to be at hazardous level with the Air Pollutant Index (API) reading exceeding 300 as of 10 pm last night.
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Stay indoors, says official as Miri suffers more smog
KUCHING: As Miri went into the fourth day of air quality rated as “hazardous”, Sarawak residents, particularly those in the north, have been advised to reduce unnecessary outdoor activities in lig...
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Miri air quality eases but still ‘hazardous’ all day
PETALING JAYA: Air quality in Miri, Sarawak, has remained at hazardous levels all day, although it eased by a few points on the Air Pollutant Index by 9pm.
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Pasir Gudang: No link between detected gas and cancer, says Health Dept
A study conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) from the 1970s until present has found no evidence to link acrylonitrile to cancer.
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Pasir Gudang factories ordered to monitor chimney emissions
JOHOR BAHRU: All factories in Pasir Gudang have been ordered to install special equipment to enable direct data monitoring of emissions from its chimneys over a 24-hour period.
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At tense townhall, Johor MB apologises for Pasir Gudang pollution
Johor Menteri Besar Dr Sahruddin Jamal today apologised to Pasir Gudang residents affected by toxic waste pollution.
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Forest fires cause ‘unhealthy’ air quality in Pahang town
PUTRAJAYA: Smoke from forest fires in Pekan caused air quality to drop to unhealthy levels at Bandar Indera Mahkota this morning, the Environment Department reported.
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A total of 67 factories operating without licence in Pasir Gudang
A total of 67 factories were identified as operating without licence in Pasir Gudang, said Johor exco for local government, urban wellbeing and environment Tan Chen Choon.
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3 factories in Pasir Gudang found to have high traces of toxic gases
JOHOR BARU • The Malaysian authorities have identified three chemical factories within Johor's Pasir Gudang industrial area with high traces of toxic gases.
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Factories in Johor's Pasir Gudang found with high traces of toxic gases
JOHOR BARU - Malaysian authorities have identified three chemical factories within Johor's Pasir Gudang industrial area which have been found with high traces of toxic gases.
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Factories found with high traces of toxic gases
JOHOR BARU: Authorities have identified three chemical factories within the Pasir Gudang area which have been found with high traces of toxic gases.
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Penang exco defends tweets on 4,733 PSR engagement sessions
Penang exco Dr Afif Bahardin today defended his tweets on engagement sessions held by the state government on the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project.
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Students among plaintiffs in lawsuit over Sungai Kim Kim pollution
JOHOR BAHRU (July 17): Thirty-four students are among 171 individuals who are suing the Johor state government, Menteri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian and 10 others, over the pollution in Sungai Kim Kim nea...
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Sungai Kim Kim pollution: Students among plaintiffs in lawsuit against Johor govt, former MB and 10 others
JOHOR BARU, July 17 — Thirty-four students are among 171 individuals who are suing the Johor state government, former mentri besar Datuk Osman Sapian and 10 others over the pollution in Sungai Kim K...
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Salahuddin wants Penang to compensate fishermen affected by PSR
PARLIAMENT | Penang has been told to compensate the fishermen whose livelihoods will be impacted by the construction of the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project.
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Johor govt hopes gas detectors will remain placed in high-risk Pasir Gudang schools
JOHOR BARU (Bernama): The Johor government hopes that the gas detectors used to detect volatile organic compounds (VOCs) will remain placed in high-risk schools in Pasir Gudang, says state Education, Human Resource, Science and Technology Committee chairman Aminolhuda Hassan.
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Factories near residential areas stockpiling ammonia will be relocated
SUBANG JAYA: Factories that have large stockpiles of ammonia and are located near residential areas will be ordered to relocate, says Selangor Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs committee chairman Hee Loy Sian.
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Johor DOE suspends Segamat factory's operating permit for pollution
The operating permit of a factory carrying out metal and e-waste recycling activities in the Industrial Area 2, near Segamat, Johor was suspended immediately today after it was found to have caused ai...
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Why buy unsuitable gas detectors for Pasir Gudang, asks Wanita MCA
PETALING JAYA: The Johor state govt must explain the purchase of multi-gas detectors said to be unsuitable for use that have been distributed to 111 schools as the purchase cost more than RM1mil of taxpayers' money, says Wanita MCA central committee member Chan San San.
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Fax received. PSR is approved with 72 conditions.
This is Penang’s biggest catalyst for everything else.
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Pasir Gudang pollution victims to sue Johor government, 10 others
JOHOR BARU - The Sungai Kim Kim Toxic Victims and Pasir Gudang Pollution Action Committee intends to file a lawsuit at the Johor Baru High Court on July 17.
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11 students, pupils fall ill in Pasir Gudang
JOHOR BARU (Bernama): Eleven students and pupils at four schools in Pasir Gudang were reported to have suffered headache, nausea and vomiting.
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Lawsuit to be filed against Johor govt, 10 others on behalf of Pasir Gudang pollution victims
JOHOR BARU: The Sungai Kim Kim Toxic Victims and Pasir Gudang Pollution Action Committee will be filing a lawsuit at the Johor Baru High Court here on July 17.
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Pahang identifies 225 areas contaminated with toxic waste
The Pahang government has identified 225 areas which may have toxic waste, said state exco for tourism, environment, plantations and biotechnology Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin today.
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Chow: DoE has okayed Penang South Reclamation scheme
GEORGE TOWN: The Penang South Reclamation (PSR) scheme near Teluk Kumbar has been given the thumbs-up by the Environment Department (DoE), says Chow Kon Yeow.
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Plastic processing factory in Sungkai shut down for non-compliance
SUNGKAI (Bernama): A plastic processing factory here was ordered to close with immediate effect following an inspection by authorities who found that terms of the conditional approval granted by the Tapah District Council had not been complied with.
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Personal attacks insult professionalism of Govt officers over Pasir Gudang
JOHOR BAHRU (July 4): Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin described the personal attacks on her over the Pasir Gudang health issue as insulting the profess...
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Green minister vows to wipe out all illegal factories in Pasir Gudang within month
KUALA LUMPUR, July 4 — The government has placed illegal factories in Pasir Gudang, Johor in its sights, said Yeo Bee Yin who is aiming to shut them all down in a joint operation this month.
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Personal attacks insult professionalism of Govt officers over Pasir Gudang
JOHOR BAHRU (July 3): Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin described the personal attacks on her over the Pasir Gudang health issue as insulting the profess...
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Yeo Bee Yin slams personal attacks over Pasir Gudang issues
Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin described the personal attacks on her over the Pasir Gudang health issue as insulting the professionalism of government...
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No more chemical factories for Pasir Gudang
JOHOR BAHRU: Three factories in Pasir Gudang have stopped operations, and the government has decided not to approve any application for new chemical plants in the area, environment minister Yeo Bee Yi...
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Sungai Semenyih pollution culprits to face action
SHAH ALAM: The Selangor state government will take action against those responsible for the water pollution that caused a temporary shutdown of the Sungai Semenyih water treatment plant last week.
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Pasir Gudang: Students fall ill hours after schools reopen
Over a hundred students, including several teachers, were taken ill barely hours after schools reopened following the air pollution incident in Pasir Gudang.
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Lumut villagers claim poultry farms contaminating oil palm plantation water supply
LUMUT: Villagers from Kampung Getam near here claim nearby poultry farms are contaminating the water supply for their oil palm plantations.
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Johor police mount roadblocks for toxic waste (Updated)
JOHOR BARU: Royal Malaysia Police has mounted roadblocks in Pasir Gudang to prevent irresponsible parties from transporting out toxic waste.
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Roadblocks set up to prevent toxic waste from being moved out
JOHOR BAHRU: The police have mounted roadblocks in Pasir Gudang to prevent parties from taking out toxic waste.
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Pasir Gudang pollution: Police set up roadblocks to prevent toxic waste dumping
JOHOR BAHRU: The Malaysian police has set up roadblocks in Pasir Gudang to prevent toxic waste from being smuggled out of the town.
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Johor police mount roadblocks for toxic waste
JOHOR BARU: Royal Malaysia Police has mounted roadblocks in Pasir Gudang to prevent irresponsible parties from transporting out toxic waste.
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Johor police mounts roadblock for toxic waste
JOHOR BARU: Royal Malaysia Police has mounted roadblocks in Pasir Gudang to prevent irresponsible parties from transporting out toxic waste.
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Toxic waste: Johor police mount roadblocks
The Johor police have mounted roadblocks in Pasir Gudang to prevent irresponsible parties from transporting out toxic waste.
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Deputy minister denies toxic waste caused air pollution
PASIR GUDANG: The environment ministry has disputed a Cabinet minister’s claim that a failure to clean up toxic waste at Sungai Kim Kim had caused chemical air pollution that led to the closure of s...
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Johor didn’t learn from past pollution, says ex-MB
PETALING JAYA: The Pakatan Harapan-run Johor state government did not take to heed the lessons learned from past chemical waste dumping in Sungai Kim Kim, according to former menteri besar Mohd Khaled...
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Toxic waste at Sungai Kim Kim caused Pasir Gudang pollution
PUTRAJAYA: The recent incident in which schoolchildren in Pasir Gudang, Johor suffered breathing difficulties, was due to chemical waste from Sungai Kim Kim, said Housing and Local Government Minister...
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Semambu assemblyman lodges MACC report alleging abuse of power of Lynas waste storage
KUANTAN: A report has been lodged with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) alleging abuse of power by the Environment Department (DoE) in approving Lynas' waste storage.
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Pasir Gudang MP urges Johor govt to be transparent over pollution
JOHOR BARU: The state government should be transparent and there should be no cover-ups with regards to the chemical pollution in Pasir Gudang.
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NGO lodges report against Lynas over groundwater pollution
NGO Save Malaysia, Stop Lynas (SMSL) lodged a police report today claiming that Lynas Malaysia is responsible for groundwater pollution in the Gebeng, Kuantan area.
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Water samples near Kuala Koh Orang Asli settlement free from contaminants, says DOE
GUA MUSANG: Water samples taken from the manganese mine and water catchment areas close to the Kuala Koh Orang Asli settlement are free of contaminants, reveals a study by the Environment Department.
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Customs to crack down on illegal plastic waste entry at ports
More stringent checks will be carried out on containers at all ports to ensure that no prohibited plastic waste enters the country.
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Lynas not responsible for heavy metals in underground water, says ministry official
BANGI, May 31 — The Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (Mestecc) Ministry confirmed today that Australian rare earth refiner Lynas Corp was not responsible for the concentra...
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Over 250 plastic waste-filled containers left stranded at Penang Port
BUTTERWORTH: There are 265 containers filled with plastic waste stranded at the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT), as the Customs Department has their hands full inspecting the contents.
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