Kilang Lee Rubber Co. Pte Ltd di Paya Terubong akan ditutup berkuatkuasa 1 April 2012.

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The state government had received complaints about the factory, which was established in 1965, from surrounding residents. The factory produces 140 tonnes of SMR rubber daily.

The state government was notified of the closure through a letter dated 4 August from the General Manager of Lee Rubber Co Pte Ltd, which has its headquarters in Singapore. The company was set up in 1931 by ‘Rubber and Pineapple King’ Lee Kong Chian, one of South-east Asia’s richest men in the 1950s and 60s.

This was a complaint on Guan Eng’s Facebook on 23 May:

JaYy Jay Sen
Hi CM, I am one of the residents in Paya Terubong Penang. We have been having this foul smell caused by the Lee Rubber Factory. The smell is very terrible and few years ago, government promised to relocate the Lee Rubber but already few decades already still no action was taken. We have thousands of residents here pleading to the State Government to help take some action. We have even confronted Yeoh Soon Hin for help and he has promised to look into it. Dear CM, please help us to look unto this issue as it really has really polluted the air here around the neighbourhood. Thank you very much. Do let us know what we need to do to assist you into taking action. Thanks.

Now, let’s take a similar stand against any other industrial outfits in Penang that may be giving surrounding residents a hard time. People before profits.

One possible factor that may have influenced the decision could be the rising price of real estate in the state. Watch that plot of land to see what happens next.

The full statement from Chief Minister’s office below:

Kerajaan Negeri telah menerima makluman penutupan kilang Lee Rubber Co. Pte Ltd melalui surat yang bertarikh 4hb Ogos 2011 Pengurus Besar Kumpulan Lee Rubber Co. Pte Ltd, Teo Kim Yam yang beribu pejabat di Singapura.

Premis Lee Rubber Co. Pte. Ltd., Jalan Paya Terubung, 11060 Paya Terubung, Pulau Pinang telah beroperasi semenjak tahun 1965. Kilang ini mula dilesenkan oleh Jabatan Alam Sekitar di bawah Seksyen 18(1) Akta Kualiti Alam Sekeliling, 1974 sejak tahun 1979. Premis ini menjalankan operasi mengeluarkan getah SMR dengan kapasiti maksimum pemprosesan sebanyak 140 tan metrik sehari.

Operasi syarikat ini telahpun mendapat perhatian daripada Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan Rakyat sejak mengambil alih pemerintahan pada tahun 2008 berikutan maklum balas dan aduan daripada penduduk tempatan. Kerajaan Negeri telah mengambil pendekatan proaktif bersama dengan ADUN Paya Terubong, YB Yeoh Soon Hin dan ADUN Tanjong Bungah, YB Teh Yee Cheu untuk memastikan operasi kilang ini lebih selaras dengan objektif Kerajaan Negeri PR menjadikan Pulau Pinang sebagai negeri hijau.

Pengurus Lee Rubber Cawangan Pulau Pinang, Encik Chew Chee Bing telah memaklumkan bahawa:

1. Kilang akan berhenti operasi pada 1hb April 2012
2. Pembelian getah akan diteruskan sehingga akhir bulan Februari 2012 (29hb Februari 2012)
3. Operasi pengeluaran akan diteruskan sehingga 31hb Mac 2012

Berikutan pengumuman penutupan ini, YAB Ketua Menteri akan bertemu dengan Pengurus Besar Kumpulan Lee Rubber, Encik Teo Kim Yam, di Singapura pada hari Jumaat ini.