31 May '16, 5am

Students in #Malaysia bring mercury to school in plastic bag, forcing 56 to be quarantined

BUTTERWORTH (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The mercury spill at a secondary school in Guar Perahu which led to 56 students being quarantined and 16 residents of six houses in Kampung Baru being hospitalised is believed to have originated from a nearby oil palm plantation in Bukit Tok Alang. Tasek Gelugor Fire and Rescue Department station chief Muhammad Hayazi Taib said several SMK Guar Perahu students had obtained the mercury from an abandoned water meter room in the plantation. "They told us that they were in the room taking shelter from the rain when they stumbled upon the silvery liquid on the ground. "They then collected about 300ml of it and took it to the school in a plastic bag to show their friends on Wednesday. "We do not know what they did to cause the mercury to spill in two classrooms on the third floor of the school building," he told reporters at the oil pal...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/students-in-mala...

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