Penang exco Phee Boon Poh detained in illegal factory probe


GEORGE TOWN: A Penang state executive councillor has been arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission here over investigations related to an illegal factory in Kampung Sungai Lembu.

State Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh was detained at about 3.30pm Friday after he had given his statement at the MACC office in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah.

An MACC officer confirmed that the arrest was related to an illegal factory in Kampung Sungai Lembu.

At about 11.30am Friday, a team of five MACC officers raided Phee's office on the 53rd floor of Komtar.

On Thursday, MACC officers seized documents relating to the Kampung Sungai Lembu factory from the Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP).

The MACC and several enforcement agencies also raided the factory Thursday, following complaints from villagers who feared fumes from the factory could affect their health.

The carbon filter-processing factory has been operating on agricultural land inside an oil palm estate for more than 10 years.

The operations over the illegal factory also involved officers from the Immigration Department, Department of Environment (DOE) and Inland Revenue Board (IRB).

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