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Misunderstanding keeps media away from Menara Aqabah for three hours

Last Update: 19/03/2019

JOHOR BAHRU, March 19 (Bernama) -- A misunderstanding resulted in reporters being kept away for three hours today from the disaster relief management centre at Menara Aqabah of the Pasir Gudang Municipal Council.

Two council enforcement personnel advised the reporters there to leave the premises at about noon. The journalists were only allowed into the premises at about 3 pm.

The centre was set up in the wake of the pollution crisis in Pasir Gudang resulting from toxic fumes emanating from chemical waste dumped into Sungai Kim Kim that sent about 1,000 people to hospital, forced the closure of all the 111 schools there and demanded a massive clean-up of the river.

Reporters claimed earlier that they had been ordered to leave the premises and advised to be present only when press conferences are called.

Johor Information, Entrepreneurship Development, Cooperatives and Creative Economy Committee chairman Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali apologised for what he said was a misunderstanding that had resulted in the media representatives being asked to leave the premises.

He said the place became congested during the presentation of aid by the Tangkak District Council and an order was issued to clear the area.

“We apologise to the media for the misunderstanding. We hope that all our media friends are able to continue providing coverage of the developments pertaining to the issue (of the pollution and clean-up operation),” he said in a statement.



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