BUKIT MERTAJAM: Penanti’s PKR assemblyman Dr Norlela Ariffin (pic) is pleased that action is finally being taken by the MACC over an illegal factory in Kampung Sungai Lembu.
Dr Norlela said she raised the issue of the carbon filter processing factory more than two years ago. “The villagers told me about their concerns in February 2015. I raised the matter at the state assembly sitting but no action was taken for two years,” she said.
It was in November that Dr Norlela broke down and sobbed uncontrollably at the assembly, claiming the state government had failed to respond to her queries.
She lamented then that she had complained of many woes like illegal factories, frequent flooding and the lack of infrastructure like roads and proper jetties for fishermen.
“Early this year, before the state assembly sitting, villagers handed me an 18-page petition, appealing for the factory to be closed as they claimed it was affecting their health.
“It was also found that the factory was not operating according to guidelines,” she said yesterday.
In May, her allocation was withheld after she did not show up at the Yang di-Pertua Negri’s swearing-in ceremony.
Earlier this month, she complained that funds collected for flood mitigation had not been used to help her constituents.
“In Penanti alone, there are nine flood-prone areas that could greatly benefit from these funds,” she reportedly said, citing the Auditor General’s Report 2016 Series 1 which revealed that the Seberang Prai Municipal Council had only used RM2.2mil of RM63.39mil collected from 2008 to June 2016.
Dr Norlela is among several assemblymen who have been at loggerheads with the state leadership, often criticising it for not carrying out its duties or for not caring about the environment,
Last month, she praised the Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT project and took a swipe at the Penang Transport Master Plan by comparing the construction cost of both projects in a video she posted on social media.
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