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Malaysia Shuts Nearly 500 Schools over Toxic Fumes

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Tue, 25 Jun 2019 10:58 GMT

Malaysia has ordered the closure of nearly 500 schools and kindergartens until Thursday, after dozens of people were hospitalised with symptoms suggesting they breathed toxic fumes, possibly from industrial waste, Reuters has reported.

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad vowed to get tough with those responsible.

"It seems like there are factories that are not very concerned about safety and thus, causing the incident to recur," state news agency Bernama quoted him as saying on Tuesday.

"That is why we have to identify those responsible for causing the pollution and take stern action."

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