GEORGE TOWN: Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will call up Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and Penanti assemblyman Dr Norlela Ariffin to facilitate investigations into the Sungai Lembu's illegal factory case.
MACC deputy chief commissioner (Operations) Datuk Azam Baki said it was standard procedure to record statements from all parties to ensure thorough and complete investigation.
He said statements from both Lim and Norlela were needed as they had released statements with regards to the operation of the illegal factory.
“They (Lim and Norlela) will be called as soon as possible and at the same time, MACC is also looking other aspects of the case as well.
“So far, we have recorded statements from several witnesses and the three suspects, including State Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh,” he said, when contacted.
On Thurday, MACC and several other agencies raided an illegal factory in Bukit Mertajam, after several complaints from the residents that fumes from the factory were harming their health.
The raid was followed by a raid at Seberang Perai Municipal Council licensing department offices and state Environment committee chairman Phee Boon Poh’s office.
Phee was also detained on Friday after he went to the MACC office to have his statement recorded.
Also detained and remanded were a 70-year-old factory manager and his 37-year-old son.
The three have been remanded for five days pending investigations over an illegal factory in Kampung Sungai Lembu in Bukit Mertajam.
The complaints on the carbon filter-processing factory, which has been operating on agricultural land inside an oil palm estate for more than 10 years, was first brough up by Dr. Norlela in May 2015.