JOHOR BARU: A police report has been lodged against Johor Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman Mazlan Bujang for allegedly ordering the authorities to re-open factories that were previously told to cease its operations after the Pasir Gudang pollution incident.
The report, believed to have been lodged by a Pasir Gudang Municipal Council (MMPG) administrator on Thursday (Aug 22), has been making rounds on social media via the “Ops Johor” Facebook page.
According to the report, Mazlan had made a phone call to the complainant, allegedly ordering him to re-open recycling factories and other premises at Kampung Pasir Puteh that were ordered to shut down on July 11.
The complainant claimed that Mazlan told him not to disturb businesses in the area and that he has the “powers of a federal minister” during the phone conversation that allegedly took place on July 17.
The complainant added that the power to re-open the factories was under the MPPG president, alleging that Mazlan was preventing a public servant from discharging his or her duties.
When contacted Friday (Aug 23), Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din confirmed that that police have received the report and are conducting an investigation, without elaborating.
Meanwhile, Mazlan, who is also Tebrau Bersatu division chief, said that the report and Facebook post were blown out of proportion.
“Yes, I did call the authorities but I was merely asking them why they were shutting down shops of small local business owners when they are supposed to shut down illegal factories.
“I have received complaints from the public on authorities asking small business owners to shut down their premises and as the wakil rakyat (people’s representative), I am just trying to help, ” he said when contacted here.
He added that he did not threaten or use harsh words against the complainant.
Mazlan said that he would also lodge a police report against the man for spreading slander and causing confusion among the public.