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Two illegal recycling plants in Sungai Petani face power cut

SUNGAI PETANI (Aug 14): Authorities have disconnected the electricity supply to two more illegal plastic recycling factories here, bringing to 10 such factories deprived of power.

Kedah Chinese and Siamese Community Affairs, Science and Technology, Climate Change and Environment Committee chairman Simon Ooi Tze Min said yesterday that similar actions would be taken against several more factories.

"To date, 10 illegal factories have had their power supply cut off and they were in the Taman Ria Jaya Industrial Park, Bakar Arang, Taman Songket Indah and Pinang Tunggal.

"Previously, factories were ordered to shut down as they had been carrying out their operations illegally, so I see this power supply cut-off to be very effective,” he told reporters here yesterday.

Meanwhile, Bakar Arang state assemblyman said air pollution caused by the recycling factories in Kuala Muda district is still under control, in fact, there were only about 20 illegal factories and not 100 as claimed.

"Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) had previously claimed there were 100 illegal factories, but if you look at the data, it is incorrect. If they have the information, I would urge them to disclose it to the authorities so that follow-up actions can be taken.

"Local authorities (PBTs) are constantly carrying out checks to ensure factories which are operating are licensed, while some factories were allowed to operate temporarily, as they have yet to get their licence. Should these factories comply with the requirements, we will issue them the licence," he said.

On July 9, Ooi said the state government had directed the Sungai Petani Municipal Council (MPSPK) in Kedah, to seal factories operating without a licence with “yellow tape”.

The MPSPK and the Department of Environment (DOE) are also conducting regular inspections to ensure these factories stop their operations as directed.

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