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Selangor MB: We Have Been Offering Illegal Factories A Chance To Be Legalised Since 2008

The Selangor government will give one final chance to the unlicensed factories and landowners to legalise their operations by end of this year, if not the state government will not hesitate to demolish them, according to Amirudin Shari.

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The Selangor government has been offering unlicensed factories and landowners in the state to legalise their operations for over a decade and will give one final chance to get legalised by the end of this year

The state government will not hesitate to demolish the illegal building structures which have an impact on environmental pollution if the landowners and illegal factories fail to do so within the stipulated period, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said yesterday, 9 September, according to a Bernama report.

"We have been offering them to carry out the legalisation process since 2008. The decision of the last State Executive Council in 2018 had decided to extend the action until 2020," Amirudin was reported saying.

After 2020, we will demolish.
Amirudin Shari

Environment, Green Technology, Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), and Consumer Affairs exco inspecting a heavy machinery maintenance plant on water and odour pollution in Rawang on 3 September.

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Amirudin said that "if the situation is urgent", the state government will "implement a comprehensive legalisation process" as soon as possible

According to the Selangor MB, based on the urgency of the situation, the state government can implement the comprehensive legalisation process "faster by November or December or even early next year".

He was speaking during a press conference in Kuala Langat following the declaration of Kuala Langat Municipal Council (MPKL) as consented by the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

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In the meantime, the Selangor State Water Resources Pollution Emergency Committee, which will be chaired by Amirudin, will look into reducing the impact of pollution on water resources in the state

"I will lead the committee soon and this time, we will combine river monitoring technology in line with the Selangor Water Management Board (LUAS) as a water resource monitoring agency. We will also implement efforts to clean up river areas, vacate river reserves developed with illegal infrastructure and buildings," Amirudin said.

Meanwhile, he said that the state government will also uphold the motion of thanks for the royal address by Sultan Sharafuddin who called for firm action over the issue and the ruler was worried that a persistent water problem could give rise to tension among the people and disrupt social harmony.

Prior to this, Amirudin had said that a machine factory in Rawang, which had been issued a notice in March, will soon be evicted. It is under investigation for polluting the Selangor River:

Four owners of the factory, identified as Yip Chee Seng & Sons Sdn Bhd, were arrested and have been remanded for six days:

Read more about the case here: