Over 200 factories operating illegally throughout Penang: PAP


GEORGE TOWN: The People’s Alternative Party (PAP) has urged the state government and local councils to come clean and reveal all illegal factories operating in the Penang.

Its vice-president Rahmad Isahak said he has received information from his sources that there are more than 200 illegally-operating factories on private and government lands in Penang, with a majority of them situated on the mainland.

"This is the figure I have with me, but there could be more or less. The exact figures are with respective local governments. They must reveal it.

"We are giving them two weeks (to comply, failing which), we will forward our information to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for them to take action," he said at a press conference at its office here today.

Rahmad also called for the state government and local councils to specify when each illegal factory began operating.

He was responding to a statement by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who said that no action will be taken against buildings, hawkers stalls and temples built and set-up illegally before 2008 – unless they are affecting vehicular traffic and the people living around them.

He said this is until the state government finds an amicable solution to ensure a win-win situation for all.

"His statement is totally irresponsible. (Putting action) on hold… without a specific time frame.

"So the list should specify how many of the illegal factories were set up before 2008 and after that. Do not wait until the MACC conducts another raid," he said.

The MACC and other government agencies raided an illegal carbon filter factory in Sungai Lembu on the mainland on Thursday.

A follow-up raid was conducted at state Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh's office. He was later arrested along with two others – the factory's 70-year-old manager and his 37-year-old son, the factory's director.