No truth to rumour chemical incident has resulted in a death

An emergency personnel wearing protective suit prepares materials for the clean up of Sungai Kim Kim river in Pasir Gudang, southern Malaysia on March 14, 2019.

PETALING JAYA - The Johor Health Department has denied that there is any truth to the statement on social media claiming that the chemical dumping in Pasir Gudang, Johor has claimed a life.

It said the information was uploaded by one Sazali Samsudin on Friday (March 15) on Facebook which claimed that his niece had died in Pasir Gudang and that it was a case of toxic poisoning.

"The department would like to emphasise that to-date, there has been no deaths from the toxic disposal incident in Johor Baru," said state health director Dr Selahuddeen Abd Aziz in a statement posted on the department's Facebook.

He said the department advised the public not to believe in false information.

"We urged that the public be more sensitive and get verified information from a trusted source," he said.

The state disaster management committee would be releasing the latest information on Pasir Gudang from time to time, he added.

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