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Investigate poison gas leak, says Melaka CM

MELAKA: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron wants an investigation to determine the culprits behind the poison gas leak incident in Kampung Tambak Paya on Thursday.
He said the investigation should include determining the owner of the seven chlorine gas drums which were found to have been dumped at a farm in the village so that appropriate action can be taken.
“All quarters, including the Department of Environment, Chemistry Department and the Melaka Historical City Council should use all legal provisions to bring those responsible to court,” he told reporters after visiting the scene late Thursday.
Idris rushed to the village, moments after completing prayers for his late brother-in-law who died in a road accident on Thursday.
Fifty people, including four firemen, have been sent for treatment at Melaka Hospital.
Chief police officer Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Jalil Hassan said they identified the owner by the serial numbers etched on the drums.
He said that based on witnesses’ accounts, the drums were left at the site by a lorry driver and his assistant between 2pm and 5pm on Thursday.
“The case is being investigated under Section 269/270 of the Penal Code for negligent acts likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life,” he told reporters.
He said the 210 villagers within a 3km radius of the site who were evacuated at about 5.30pm on Thursday were allowed to return home at 7am yesterday after the area was declared safe by the authorities.
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