Perak Health, Consumer Affairs, Civil Society, National Integration and Human Resources committee chairman A. Sivanesan said the factory owner, believed to be a foreign national, had not obtained approval from the Environment Department (DOE) to operate, and the factory was suspected of processing plastic materials brought into the country illegally.
Checks on the premises surrounding the factory found the area dirty and smelly, with authorities also concerned that contamination may have occurred, he said.
He added that the inspection was conducted following complaints from residents that river water in Kampung Baru Kuala Bikam had an odour, besides being so dirty that it had turned black.
Sivanesan was speaking to reporters Thursday (July 4).
He said the exercise which began at 11am also involved an inspection of another factory nearby which was found to be in a satisfactory state.
The inspection was carried out jointly by several bodies including the DOE, district council, police, Immigration Department, Labour Department, Irrigation and Drainage Department and the Land and Mines Office.
Sivanesan said the factory was ordered shut, and during the inspection, many factory workers believed to be foreigners, were not present, and this had cast a suspicious light on the matter.
He explained that the closure would also enable the authorities to further investigate several concerns related to health, cleanliness, foreign workers and the plastic materials.
Sivanesan added that the DOE would also be testing samples of the river water. - Bernama
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