BUKIT MERTAJAM – PKR’s Penanti assemblyman Dr Norlela Ariffin (pix) is pleased that action is finally being taken over the illegal factory in Sungai Lembu here.
Dr Norlela said she raised the issue of the carbon filter processing factory more than two years ago.
“The villagers first told me about their concerns in February 2015. I raised the matter at the state assembly but no action was taken by the authorities for two years,” she said.
Dr Norlela and several assemblymen have been at loggerheads with the state leadership, often criticising it for not carrying out its duties well or for not caring about the environment.
Three people, including state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh, were detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission on Friday in investigations into the illegal factory.
The MACC also detained the manager and his director son of the factory as part of the investigations.
MACC officers on Friday also raided Phee’s office on the 53rd floor of Komtar.
On Thursday, MACC officers seized documents related to the Kampung Sungai Lembu factory from the Council.
The MACC and several enforcement agencies also raided the factory Thursday.
The carbon filter-processing factory has been operating on agricultural land inside an oil palm estate for more than 10 years.
The operations over the illegal factory also involved officers from the Immigration Department, Department of Environment (DOE) and Inland Revenue Board (IRB).