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April 23, 2009 15:36 PM

Penang Land Committee To Investigate 12 Quarries

PENANG, April 23 (Bernama) -- The Penang Land Committee would investigate another 12 quarries in the state to determine whether they had breached a royalty declaration, resulting in loses in revenue to the state said Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Lim said the committee, headed by Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, Rural Development and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Law Choo Kiang, would start investigations by next week.

"We want to ensure that all quarries meet the guidelines set by the state and ensure that they did not pay less than the amount required to be paid under the royalty declaration," he told reporters here today.

The 12 quarries to be investigated are Weng Lee Granite Kuari Sdn Bhd, Tar San Kuari (Hanson Quarry), Teik Granite Quarry Sdn Bhd, Boon Sun Seraksi (Hanson Quarry), Bang Seng Huat Sdn Bhd (Batu Tiga Quarry), Sofinaz Holding Sdn Bhd, Sasmax Quarry Sdn Bhd, Welepeq Sdn Bhd, Minetech Construction Sdn Bhd, MTT Properties and Development Sdn Bhd, Teik Granite Quarry Ltd and Zambina Wawasan Sdn Bhd.

Lim said the quarries however, will be allowed to carry on operations as usual during the investigations.

He added that the findings of an investigation with regard to royalty payment that was carried out on three quarries in Seberang Perai Tengah would be announced on Saturday.

"The Land Committee held its meeting yesterday and the findings will be made public on Saturday," he said.

On March 31, the state government suspended the operations of the three quarries and carried out an investigation on alleged breach of the royalty declaration that cost loses in revenue to the state.

The investigation involved a reduction in royalty from RM3 per square meter to RM1, involving Kuad Sdn Bhd, Batu Tiga Quarry Sdn Bhd and Saw Chong Teok Quarry Sdn Bhd, he said.



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