Since the illegal dumping of toxic waste in the Kim Kim river (Sungai Kim Kim), the R95 face masks were selling at high prices due to the incredible demand and a shortage of the masks in the market.
According to China Press, Johor Women Development and Tourism Committee chairman, Liow Cai Tung, received news that residents there were buying the R95 facial masks at unreasonable price points.
“This behaviour is very irresponsible, Pasir Gudang residents now are having a hard time here, we should work together”, she said.
Liow released a statement that the state currently is running low on the demanded masks. She reminded sellers not to bring the law of demand into the current situation.
She said that facial masks R95 is very limited thus not many pharmacies and stores have them. She added now government units and non-government organization (NGO) are supplying the masks for those who needed them.
Furthermore, the state government now welcomes anyone who would like to donate the R95 masks.
As of Friday (Mar 15), since the illegal chemical dumping began to take its effect on people, there are 780 people has been referred to the early treatment centre at the Pasir Gudang Municipal Council Indoor Stadium 6pm to midnight on Thursday (Mar 14).
According to NST, State Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman Dr Sahruddin Jamal said there are only 202 patients referred for follow-up treatment at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital and Sultan Ismail Hospital.
He said a total of 3,555 people had received early treatment after they were affected by toxic fumes due to the illegal dumping of toxic chemicals in Sungai Kim Kim that was reported on March 7.
He added 531 victims who received treatment at the two hospitals earlier had been allowed to go home. Good news is that are no death cases.
Moreover, Singaporean comedian Muhammad Fadzri Abd Rashid aka Fakkah Fuzz has delivered the high-demand face masks in person to Johor. Fadzri arrived on the site of the dumping on Thursday (Mar 14) and he handed over mass amount of N95 respirator facial masks, Yahoo News reported.
The 32-year-old comedian has posted on his Facebook, assuring people that he and his friends are still gathering resources to help out, including a plan to get a stronger version of the R95 masks, which can filter airborne oil-based particles. The best part of his post is that he wrote, “Let’s Help Out Our Neighbours!!!!”
On Friday, Malay Mail reported that the residents there were ignoring authorities’ advice to wear a mask. Although media reports the next day revealed that the air quality had improved, members of the public were still advised to wear masks as a precaution.
The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, has pledged to contribute RM1 million in helping rescue agencies and authorities to gather the vital equipment to solve the issue.