Study to resolve problem of illegal firms

A STUDY on illegal factories commissioned by the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) has identified 614 such factories in the municipality. 

Council president Zainal Abidin Arshad said this was the first comprehensive report on illegal factories that had been carried out to help find a solution to the problem. 

“Now that we (MPKj) have overcome the squatter problem, the state government wants us to identify and relocate illegal factories,’’ he said. 

He said the study carried out by a private consultancy firm at a cost of RM63,000 was aimed at finding out how many of the illegal factories could be legalised with minimal changes, how many would need extensive efforts to legalise at the current location and how many the council would have no choice but to relocate. 

“There are factories which are located on agriculture land and we can offer licences to these if the owners change land use status to industrial at the land office,’’ he said. 

He said those that the council would have no choice but to relocate those located on government and utility reserve land or those squatting on private land. 

According to the consultant’s report on the 614 factories, 391 could be issued approvals with minimal changes as most of the buildings were properly built and within the industrial zones marked in the Kajang Municipality Local Plan. 

Cheras has the highest number of illegal factories with 221. 

The other areas included in the study were Hulu Langat (69), Beranang (13), Semenyih (94) and Hulu Semenyih (8). 

A total of 114 factories according to the report will have to be demolished as there was no way of legalising them. 

The report also highlighted that there were illegal factories located at the fringes of areas already designated as industrial zones in the local plan and MPKj could extend the zone to include such factories. 

Zainal said following the report the council would set up a joint committee that he would head and include representatives from all local government agencies such as the Drainage and Irrigation Department, Public Works Department and the Hulu Langat district office. 

He said the committee would study each case further before deciding how the relocation would be carried out. 

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