Rules for illegal factories finalised

  • Nation
  • Monday, 29 Jun 2009

SHAH ALAM: Illegal factories in Selangor will be streamlined under a new set of guidelines to make them legal.

“Each local council has its own requirements from infrastructures such as road and drain to safety guidelines as well as for the layout, setback and building plans,” the chairman of the standing committee for illegal factories settlement Ean Yong Hian Wah said.

“The inconsistencies caused confusion and now the new guidelines will make the process simpler and fairer,” he told reporters after a meeting with Telok Gong Factory Own Association and local authorities here yesterday.

Ean Yong, who is also the state New Village Development and Illegal Factory Task Force Committee chairman, said there were more than 3,000 illegal factories in Selangor, mostly located in Balakong, Sungai Buloh, Klang and Kajang.

Ean Yong said he hoped the new guidelines could be tabled at the executive council meeting in the next two weeks.

On the illegal factories in Telok Gong, association chairman S.S. Wong said they made up 160 of the total 180 factories there.

“We have tried to work towards getting them legalised for the past five years and have fulfilled 90% of the requirements except for the infrastructure part, such as roads and drains.

“We hope to set up a trust fund and gather all factory owners to fulfil the last bit of the requirements,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ean Yong said the state government and Klang Municipal Council would study the proposal.

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