Residents upset by illegal factories

ILLEGAL factories that cause noise and air or water pollution will be fined and ordered to cease operations or to shift operations elsewhere.

Under the legalisation programme, factories deemed to be a nuisance will be asked to move out but can request for a change in the nature of business to a more environmentally friendly type should they wish to stay.

These were the conditions laid out for three business operators at Bandar Sunway Semenyih Phase 1– IB Sofa Sdn Bhd (IBSSB), Pau Tatt Waterpipes Sdn Bhd (PTWSB) and Eversise Sdn Bhd (ESB) – during a meeting with the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) Planning Unit director Nizam Sapari, MPKj councillors ST Chandramohan and Lee Kee Hiong and four disgruntled residents representing the housebuyers.

The residents claimed that the local authority had contravened the building laws by issuing the factories with operating licences when the buildings did not have certificates of fitness (CFs).

“Due to poor enforcement, the business operators have taken advantage of the available land to extending their operations into the buffer zone,” Datuk Yunus Abdul Razak said.

Yunus said most of the residents would not have bought the houses if they had known about the factories.

The residents pointed out that the three factories were their main concern as they were causing sleepless nights because of the noise the machines produced at all hours of the day.

One resident singled out IBBSB as a nuisance and claimed the company had placed two containers within its premises for foreign workers to stay.

He said there should not be any compromise as IBBSB had been warned previously to relocate their workers to low-cost units in Semenyih.

The resident said if MPKj gave in to any more demands, it was clear that it did not take the residents’ problems seriously.

Nizam assured them this was not the case and demanded to know if the operators were willing to clean up their acts if they were given a final two months.

Nizam said the factories had flouted the Street, Drainage and Building Act and the Environment and Environment Quality Act and he would also ask the Department of Environment to check on the factories during the two-month extension.

He said the factories should also demolish any illegal extensions and restore the buffer zones areas.

Illegal factories are not a new issue in the area as the residents have been complaining about them since 2005 and had even asked former Selangor executive council member Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Zainal to construct a noise barrier in the neighbourhood.

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