Jenjarom residents want battery factory out of their village





(From left) Shafee’ee, Hee and Nazri visiting the site of the factory in Kampung Jenjarom, Kuala Langat.

(From left) Shafee’ee, Hee and Nazri visiting the site of the factory in Kampung Jenjarom, Kuala Langat.

KAMPUNG Jenjarom residents want the Selangor government to move a factory manufacturing batteries out of their neighbourhood in Kuala Langat.

The 100-odd residents who are mostly senior citizens carried posters and placards in protest outside the factory during a visit by Selangor Environment, Green Technology and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Hee Loy Sian and Selangor Environment Department (DoE) director Shafee’ee Yasin.

The residents want the factory relocated as they say it is discharging hazardous waste which has entered the drainage and polluted waterways.

Nazri Afrizal, who represented the residents, said they were also exposed to dangerous levels of lead.

“We are worried that it will take a toll on our health eventually,” he said.

Resident Salmiah Parita, 63, said she had been suffering from frequent coughs and dry throat after the factory began operations.

“It should be relocated elsewhere as it is not suitable to have such a factory here,” she said, adding that a secondary school was situated 200m from the factory.

Kuala Langat Environmental Action Association secretary Pua Lay Peng claimed the lead discharged was four times higher than what was allowed.

Hee said the factory was

mainly involved in putting acid into batteries.

“They are not allowed to recycle batteries or melt plumbum (lead) here,” he said.

Hee added that they would conduct a thorough check to determine if there are any hazardous materials in the surrounding area.

Shafee’ee said DoE had sealed off the factory and its licence was cancelled last month.

“To conduct melting of plumbum, the factory needs an environmental impact assessment (EIA) report and if they don’t have one, action can be taken under the Environmental Quality Act 1974.

“No action has been taken yet

as we are currently in the final stages of preparing the report which will be sent to the state’s deputy public prosecutor’s office,” he said.