The raid is believed to be a follow-up to the MACC’s investigations into an illegal factory in Kampung Sungai Lembu

GEORGE TOWN: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) raided the office of state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh in Komtar this morning.

The raid is believed to be a follow-up to the MACC’s investigations into an illegal factory in Kampung Sungai Lembu.

A team of MACC officers entered the office of state Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee at about 11.30am, reported the Star Online.

Yesterday, MACC and several enforcement agencies raided the factory following complaints from villagers who feared fumes from the factory could affect their health.

The factory, which processes carbon filters, has been operating on agricultural land inside an oil palm estate for more than 10 years.

The operations against the illegal factory also involved officers from the Immigration Department, Department of Environment (DOE) and Inland Revenue Board (IRB).

MACC officers seized documents relating to the Kampung Sungai Lembu factory from the Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) yesterday.

Several MACC personnel also took documents from a councillor’s office in Bandar Perda at 10.30am before walking out some three hours later on Thursday.

Many more illegal factories

Meanwhile Permatang Pauh Umno said that there were many more illegal factories in Penang.

Permatang Pauh Umno division chief Zaidi Mohd Said said there were at least another eight such illegal factories, built on agriculture land.

He said the operators of these illegal factories had built their premises following applications put in to the Seberang Prai Municipal Council, seeking to build agriculture sheds.

“We are aware that there are more illegal factories built on agriculture land. We will bring you (newsmen) there for an exposè soon.

“We are giving time to the Seberang Prai Municipal Council to clean up their act before we expose this,” he said near the site of the carbon filter factory in Sungai Lembu here, where they had gathered for a protest, reported New Straits Times.

Also present was Parti Cinta Malaysia deputy president Huan Cheng Guan.

Zaidi said he believed there were “hidden hands” behind the operations of these illegal factories.

“We are thankful to the graftbusters for finally acting against the illegal carbon filter factory which has been operating for 10 years now.

“We will report to them if the other illegal factories continue to operate,” he warned.