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Polluting factory that caused water disruption in Malaysia’s Selangor to be kicked out of land

Residents of Addition Hills in Madaluyong City, Metro Manila, queue to recieve water distributed on water tank truck and fire trucks on March 15, 2019. Photo: AFP. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 5, 2020, Malay Mail. Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said today that the offending factory in Rawang that cause the contaminate that resulted in water disruption affecting the state will be asked to leave from the area in the next few months, Malay Mail reported.

Amirudin said the factory does own the land on which it is situated, but does not have the planning and development approval to erect the building.

“On Monday the District and Land Office will send the 7A Notice for them to ‘recover’ the land,” he told the press here.

“We have instructed the owner to vacate the land and demolish the building. If they do not do so by a certain time, we will demolish the building through the local government within a suitable timeline, maybe for three to four months.

“But basically we will look for every possibility for that factory to not be operational because they have burdened 1.197 million people,” he added.

Earlier today, Minister of Environment and Water Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the perpetrators in the river contamination that left millions in Selangor without water for days will be prosecuted next week.

Selangor police chief Datuk Noor Azam Jamaludin said today four factory managers suspected to be involved in the water pollution incident of Sungai Gong, Rawang have been remanded for six days beginning today.

Noor Azam said the four suspects who are brothers, have been managing the factory since their father’s death.

Yesterday, state media channel TV Selangor reported Selangor State Environment, Green Technology, Science, Technology, Innovation and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Hee Loy Sian saying the culprit is a factory that provides service and maintenance for heavy machinery and equipment.

As mentioned in the video, the factory responsible was identified as Yip Chee Seng & Sons Sdn Bhd located at Kampung Sungai Dua in Rawang. AAY Construction Sdn Bhd is also located in the same premise.

According to Hee, the factory was found to have neglected proper procedure when it comes to storing waste oil. He added traces of solvent odour was detected flowing into the river.

Malaysiakini reported that the company in question is a repeat offender and had been fined RM60,000 previously for a similar offence.

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