NGOs say no to reopening of battery factory

NON-GOVERNMENTAL organisations in Selangor have called on the authorities to intervene in the reopening of a battery factory in Kampung Jenjarom, Kuala Langat in Selangor.

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) honorary secretary Mageswari Sangaralingam said an objection letter had been sent to Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.

The letter urges the state government not to compromise on the issue and to give serious consideration to the complaints of Kampung Jenjarom residents.

“This matter needs to be reviewed thoroughly as the activity planned here is almost identical to that complained about in 2019, ” it said, adding that battery factories were categorised as heavy industry.

The factory, said SAM, caused villagers’ concerns of environmental pollution in the area.

A StarMetro report on Jan 5 about the factory’s plan attracted the attention of Environment and Water Minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, who visited the village on Jan 7.

He said the factory had not yet obtained approval to reopen, adding that it was subject to a thorough review by the Environment Department after it received a formal application.

Persatuan Tindakan Alam Sekitar Kuala Langat held a Zoom meeting on Jan 13 to discuss and coordinate efforts among Kuala Langat residents to oppose the factory’s reopening plan.

Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam national chairman Puan Sri Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil claimed that the Selangor government had ignored the local plan.

“The Kuala Langat Local Plan 2030 classifies factories dealing with batteries as heavy industries. But the battery factory is located in a medium industry zone, ” she said, insisting that the state government and MPKL should not approve the reopening plan.

“The authorities have a responsibility to the taxpayers, ” she stressed.

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