UNLICENSED factories in Selangor have been given yet another extension, this time until Dec 31, to legalise their operations.
The state’s initiative to license factories and regulate their operations, which kicked off on Oct 1 last year, was supposed to end in September.
However, the state government extended the deadline following the movement control order implemented in March due to Covid-19.
“I urge all factory owners to take this opportunity to legalise their operations because from next year, the state government will not hesitate to take action against unlicensed factories, ” said Selangor local government, public transport and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han.
He said this during the state assembly in response to a question posed by Adhif Syan Abdullah (PH-Dengkil).
Adhif Syan asked if proactive measures had been taken in ensuring the activities of illegal factories were halted before they caused more harm.
Ng explained that there was a difference between illegal factories and unlicensed factories and not to confuse the two.
“Please do not be confused because it does not mean that operators are carrying out illegal operations in unlicensed factories.
“It just means that the unlicensed factories are operating on a temporary licence due to factors such as land status, zoning and planning permits that have not been approved yet.
“Illegal factories, however, refer to those that can cause harm to people and the environment, ” he said.
Ng added that the state was giving unlicensed factories one last chance to legalise their operations by the year end.
Based on data collected from the programme, there are 5,589 unlicensed factories in Selangor with the highest number located under the jurisdiction of the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) with 2,275 premises.
This is followed by the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) with 1,339 unlicensed factories.
Out of the 5,589 unlicensed factories, 869 are located nearby rivers or the state’s main water source.
“From the 869 factories, two-thirds are located downstream nearby the intake point of water treatment plants, ” he said.
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