LETTER | I noted that the Johor government has the intention to relocate the factories in Pasir Gudang to other locations yet to be identified. Since the locations have not been identified, it is not too late for the state exco to reconsider the plan.
I applaud Menteri Besar Osman Sapian over his concern for the wellness of the Pasir Gudang residents after the recent chemical crisis. However, I would like to urge the state exco to take the following factors into consideration before a final decision is made:
I am sure Osman will be well guided to ensure not only is the wellness of the residents are ensured but also their livelihood.
As a way forward, the state exco and the various federal and state agencies must step up their enforcement and monitoring of all manufacturing activities in all areas not only in Pasir Gudang to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements to ensure the safety and health of workers and residents are not compromised.
All future developments must balance between economic expansion, environmental protection and preservation and the wellness of the people to ensure everything is sustainable.
The writer is the MP for Tebrau.
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