Plan to crack down harder on errant factories

A photojournalist inspecting boxes of pills found at an illegal dumpsite in Machang Bubok. — Filepic

THE Penang government has proposed cutting off the water and electricity supply of factories found carrying out illegal dumping.

State environment and welfare committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said they would table a motion during the next state exco meeting on this proposal.

“We have identified over 10 factories found conducting illegal dumping and burning.

“As this plan will be a joint operation with Tenaga Nasional Berhad and Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang, the state will have to endorse it first.

“Then only can we take action, ” he said during a press conference held after the Barkath 2020 mega celebration in Simpang Ampang.

Phee was commenting on the recent discovery of several illegal dumpsites in Machang Bubok where illegal dumping and burning activities were said to be rampant.

Residents there have complained of pungent odour from the dumping grounds.

“Some factories have been issued with multiple stop-work orders and warnings but still they do not take the matter seriously, ” he said.

Phee added that most of the errant factories were recycling centres.

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