AN illegal aluminium processing plant in Rasa, Hulu Selangor has been sealed and its equipment seized by the local council during a raid.
Two forklifts and three aluminium bar pallets weighing about a tonne were confiscated. No arrests were made during the midnight raid.
The operator was found to be processing aluminium ingots without an operating licence from Hulu Selangor District Council (MDHS).
The factory also did not have approval from the Environment Department (DOE) and the International Trade and Industry Ministry to operate during the movement control order (MCO).
In a statement, MDHS environment control unit said its officers acted on complaints against the factory.
A total of 39 officers from the council’s Enforcement, Planning and Solid Waste Management and Public Cleaning Department, as well as councillor Law Chun Yoong were involved in the operation.It is believed that the workers and caretaker of the illegal factory fled the scene when the raiding team arrived.
MDHS sealed the premises under its Trade, Business and Industrial By-law 2007.
The confiscated items are being kept at the MDHS storage in Kuala Kubu Baru.
“We will take the matter to court if the landowner and operator continue their operations on agricultural land without council approval,” the MDHS spokesman said.
Selangor local government, public transport and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han said aluminium processing factory was categorised as heavy industry and had to follow strict DOE guidelines.
“Furthermore, the factory is situated on agricultural land.
“The public and environment take priority, hence the issue of safety and protection of environment are important points to consider.
“In the past, many illegal factories that were sealed did not comply with the guidelines set by the authorities, and even had poor sanitisation within and surrounding the premises causing environmental pollution,” said Ng.
MDHS spokesman said the state government urged the factory to set safety standards in accordance with the authorities from all aspects of production, manufacturing, employees and the environment.
MDHS was also commended for taking prompt action against illegal factories.
“Hopefully, this will serve as a deterrent and prevent others from operating illegally,” he said.
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