Rawang Factory That Caused Water Woes Will Be Ordered to Vacate Land

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The machinery maintenance factory responsible for the pollution in Sungai Selangor will be ordered to vacate the land and conduct remedial efforts, Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said.

He said the factory does own the land on which it is situated but does not have the planning and development approval to erect the building.

Amirudin said the land and district office would be issuing the 7A Notice for the factory to remedy the breach of their condition, under Section 128 of the National Land Code.

“(The factory) will be sent this notice for them to vacate and tear down their factory for remedial efforts.

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“We have also asked Air Selangor and Tenaga Nasional Bhd to cut water and power supply to this factory to prevent them from operating,” he said at a press conference today.

He added that if the owner does not demolish the building by a certain time, the local government will demolish the building within a suitable timeline, maybe three to four months.

“For the time being, the site will be closed for at least three months and we will conduct a review since the factory operators have troubled 1.2 million water account holders,” Amirudin said.

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Many in the Klang Valley were left high and dry since Thursday, after the Sungai Selangor Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, and the Rantau Panjang water treatment plants were forced to shut down due to industrial effluent pollution.

The factory concerned, a repeat offender, had been previously fined RM60,000 for a similar offence.

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Four suspects, who are brothers and managers of the factory alleged to be the source of the pollution, were arrested on Friday night.

The four will be remanded for six days beginning today, to assist in ongoing investigations.

Earlier today, Minister of Environment and Water Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the perpetrators in the river contamination that left millions in Selangor without water for days will be prosecuted next week.

Yesterday, state media channel TV Selangor reported Selangor State Environment, Green Technology, Science, Technology, Innovation and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Hee Loy Sian saying the culprit is a factory that provides service and maintenance for heavy machinery and equipment.

As mentioned in the video, the factory responsible was identified as Yip Chee Seng & Sons Sdn Bhd located at Kampung Sungai Dua in Rawang. AAY Construction Sdn Bhd is also located on the same premise.

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According to Hee, the factory was found to have neglected proper procedure when it comes to storing waste oil. He added traces of solvent odour were detected flowing into the river.