The Rawang Factory Linked To Selangor River Pollution To Be Evicted From The Land It Owns

Authorities had previously issued a notice to the factory in March this year. However, the owners stubbornly began operating again in June, according to Selangor MB Amirudin Shari.

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Today, 5 September, Selangor Mentri Besar (MB) Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari announced that a machine factory in Rawang that is under investigation for polluting the Selangor River will soon be evicted

The state government has instructed the factory owners to evict the land and demolish the building.

According to Amirudin, this is because the owners of the private land, on which the heavy machinery maintenance factory is situated, does not have the planning and development approval from the Selayang City Council to erect the building, reported Malaysiakini.

He said that the state government will undertake the demolition of the factory building in Rawang if its owners, who are four brothers, haven't done it after a certain period of time.

"The city council will determine whether the operations are suitable or not. For now, we will close the premises for at least three to four months before it is truly safe," Amirudin said.

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For now, the Gombak land office will issue a 7A notice to remedy the breach after the factory was found to be the cause of the pollution

"(The factory) will be sent this notice for them to vacate and tear down their factory for remedial efforts. We have also asked Air Selangor and Tenaga Nasional Bhd to cut water and power supply to this factory to prevent them from operating," the Selangor MB said at a press conference.

The Gombak District and Land Office's (PDT) Notice 7A is a "notice to remedy a breach of condition" and requires the offending party to restore the land, demolish its buildings, and cease operating.

"The instructions are contained in PDT Gombak's Notice 7A, which will be handed over to the owner of the land who is currently running a factory that repairs heavy machinery," he said.

He revealed that while authorities had already issued a notice to the factory in March, the owners stubbornly began operating again in June

"The authorities had taken the appropriate action. The Department of Environment had issued a compound, and this was followed by a notice from the Selayang Municipal Council. But the operations still continued. This time, we have strong enough evidence," Amirudin said.

"I think after two incidents, we will check as thoroughly as possible to ensure that the factory does not operate because they have caused trouble for 1.97 million accounts throughout Selangor."

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

They were transported to the Selayang Court, where they were remanded for six days beginning today, 5 September to assist in ongoing investigations over the industrial effluent pollution incident in the Sungai Gong Industrial Area in Rawang, Selangor, according to a report in New Straits Times.

The four of them have been running the factory since their father, the original owner, died.

The case is being probed under Section 430 of the Penal Code.

The factory reportedly neglected proper procedure when it comes to storing waste oil and is a repeat offender. It was previously fined RM60,000 for a similar offence.

For the record, the plot in Kampung Sungai Dua in Rawang where the machinery maintenance factory is located also houses another premise by the name of AAY Construction Sdn Bhd.

Meanwhile, starting 5 September, water supply in four areas has resumed with a full recovery to be restored by Wednesday:

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