Take action against Banting paper factory, says rep

THE lack of any concrete action by the authorities on the concerns of a paper processing factory in Kampung Sungai Manggis, Banting, is raising the ire of residents.

In a StarMetro report on Aug 31, locals said problems such as noise, odour and water pollution started after the factory — sited some 40m from Taman Bakti — began operating in late 2019.

Sijangkang assemblyman Datuk Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi, who brought up the issue at the Selangor State Assembly on Nov 3, urged the Department of Environment and Kuala Langat Municipal Council (MPKL) to address the matter.

The factory’s location, he said, had raised concerns about standards and regulations in the area.

“The fence of the factory is located underneath a power grid from a Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) electricity substation.

“The factory is also sited no more than 50m from the residents’ houses.

“MPKL should do something because as the local authority, it has the power to issue planning approval for any developments, ” he said.

StarMetro’s report on Aug 31.StarMetro’s report on Aug 31.

Dr Ahmad said he would bring up the matter at the next meeting between assemblymen and MPKL.

He said the meeting was usually held thrice annually but had only been held once this year due to the movement control order.

Five state constituencies are under MPKL — Sijangkang, Banting, Morib, Tanjong Sepat and Dengkil.

Although the factory is located in the Banting constituency, Dr Ahmad said he felt obliged to help, claiming that the Selangor government had not taken any “conclusive action”.

“I cannot keep mum because this is an environmental issue that could affect everyone in the municipality, ” he said.

In a StarMetro report on Sept 17, Banting assemblyman Lau Weng San said the odour was caused by discharge from the factory’s workers hostel, and the source of the noise from the unloading of machineries from freight containers.

Responding to the noise issue, the factory in question, Best Eternity Recycle Technology

Sdn Bhd, said in an Oct 28 StarMetro report that the containers had been moved away from the fence.

An application to build a 9m-high sound barrier costing RM3.5mil had also been made to TNB, while the hostel would be demolished in stages.

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