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No licence, but no action: MACC report filed

 | August 17, 2012

The Seremban Municipal Council's failure to act against a furniture company operating without a licence prompts a DAP rep to file a report with the MACC.

SEREMBAN: Peeved with the Seremban Municipal Council (MPS) for not taking any action against a furniture company operating without a licence, Bukit Kepayang state assemblyman Cha Kee Chin lodged a report with the MACC.

The DAP rep told FMT that residents of Taman Bukit Kristal had raised the issue with him in early May. They had complained of the foul smell from the factory.

“On May 15, I sent a letter to the Department of Environment urging DOE to take action.

“On May 21, DOE replied and confirmed that the furniture factory is operating without a licence and the bad smell is actually the smell of ‘thinner’.

“The letter also stated that DOE is not supporting the application of the furniture factory to get an operating license from MPS. However, the letter explained that the furniture factory has a valid operating license to operate at a different location,” he said.

On May 22, Cha said he received another letter from DOE, which was a letter from the department to MPS copied to him.

“This time DOE mentioned the name of the furniture factory and the lot number of the factory. In this letter, it’s clearly written that DOE requested MPS to take action against the furniture factory.

“On May 29, I sent a letter to MPS based on the contents of DOE’s two letters; urging MPS to take action against the factory,” he added.

When MPS failed to act, Cha said he sent another letter on Aug 7 to the council, giving them a seven-day notice to take action or provide a proper explanation.

“The seven-day deadline is over and I didn’t get any response from MPS and the factory is still operating and as a last resort, I’m lodging a report with MACC,” he added.

He wanted the anti-corruption watchdog to probe if there was any element of corruption or abuse of power by MPS officials with regard to this.


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