THE Selangor state government has taken steps to legalise illegal factories as they play an important role in the states economic landscape by creating job opportunities.
These factories are also able to manufacture quality goods matching international standards.
There are 3,165 illegal factories in Selangor and the state government loses RM3.2mil each year in assessment, said state Housing, Building and Squatters Manage-ment Committee chairman Datuk Mokhtar Dahlan in reply to Datuk Salamon Selamat (BN-Batu Tiga).
The sector has created more than 100,000 job opportunities and has brought foreign currency exchange up to RM1bil, he added.
Mokhtar said the state government, through the Land and Mines Department, would clean the factories using the Illegal Factories Rehabilitation Program-me.
The factories could be given instant approval once they have complied with the requirements and the premises are safe, he explained.
The house was also informed that RM38.3mil has been set-aside in the 2007 budget for the states 12 local councils to go towards cleaning-up and beautification work.
Each council has been allocated a specific budget according to the quantum of work required with Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam (MBSA) being allocated the highest amount.
Several measures have been taken to involve the public as next year is Visit Malaysia Year with Selangor being promoted as the main entry point into Malaysia, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo in reply to Dato Ismail Kijo (BN-Lembah Jaya).
The measures taken include a tree-planting campaign, where housing developers were required to plant at least one tree within the compound of every house, he said.
The state government was also urged to allocate land for non-Muslim burial grounds.
The current cost of obtaining a burial plot is too high and space is limited.
We live in a multicultural society and we must help one another, said Dr. Kow Cheong Wei (BN-Kinrara).
In reply to Dr Kow, Dr Mohd Khir Toyo said that the state had allocated funds for other religious communities but were currently focussing on building places of worship.