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Three gases were detected in the atmosphere during the recent severe air pollution in Pasir Gudang, one of which was methyl mercaptan gas, and the presence of which was an anomaly, Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin said today.
She named the two other gases as acrylonitrile and acrolein.
She also said that due to the saturated atmospheric environment in the Pasir Gudang district, such an anomaly will have an effect on high-risk groups such as children and people suffering from asthma.
“However, these three gases were not detected in the blood and urine samples of 10 patients from eight schools,” she told a joint press conference with Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad on the situation in Pasir Gudang.
Yeo said her ministry has taken immediate steps to dispose of the factors contributing to the presence of these gases and is continuing with the enforcement and monitoring of the chemical-based factories in Pasir Gudang. Pasir Gudang has 2,005 licensed factories, of which 250 are chemical-based.