Illegal factories in Selangor given final deadline to legalise

Students of SMK Seksyen 1, Bandar KInrara in Puchong wearing protective due to thick haze.The school receiving almost 1000 masks from State assemblymen Ng Sze Han. AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star (12/9/19)

KLANG: ALL unlicensed factories in Selangor will have one year to legalise operations, starting Oct 1, failing which the land will be seized by the District Land Office.

"The state has decided to give factory operators and landowners in Selangor one last chance to legalise operations by Sept 30 next year.

"Based on our records from 2013, there are about 2,885 unlicensed factories, where 2,638 of them are operating on agricultural land," said state Local Government, Public Transport and New Village Development committee chairman Ng Sze Han (pic).

He said this after launching a programme to license factories and regulate operations in Selangor at the Dewan Hamzah Hall in Klang on Tuesday (Sept 24).

Ng added that those who fail to legalise operations after the Sept 30,2020 deadline will face fines of RM500 and an additional RM100 per day from the cut-off date.

"The Land Office will also move to seize the land if the factories are still operating without a license after that," he said.

As of last year, only 630 factories were legalised to date and Ng said that he hopes that they will be able to legalise all factory operations by next year.

"This is a very challenging task indeed but it has to be done to ensure all factories are operating by the book.

"Our aim of doing this is to also prevent pollution by ensuring that all factories comply with the safety standards set by the respective local councils so that harmful chemicals, for example, will not be leaked into the river or air," he said.

Ng further stressed that this programme does not include legalising illegal plastic recycling factories that deal with imported waste, as that must be approved by the Department of Environment (DOE) first.

"Some people have blamed me for using this programme to legalise plastic recycling factories and I would like to say that it is baseless slander and untrue.

"The recycling of imported plastic waste here is not encouraged but the recycling of local plastic waste factories must first seek approval from the DOE before local councils can issue the operating license," he said.

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