Comprehensive squatter resettlement schemes


ON-SITE INSPECTION: Lee (squatting) checks the condition of a tar-sealed road.

State govt plans for amenities in new areas, says Lee

MIRI: The state government formulates comprehensive urban squatter resettlement schemes to ensure residents have all the required amenities and infrastructure, said Assistant Minister of Communication Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

He said prior to resettling squatter colonies in a new area, the government plans for amenities like water and electricity supply, as well as roads and drainage.

Speaking to the media after a site visit yesterday, the Senadin assemblyman said Tudan was a good example of the successful implementation of a resettlement scheme.

“There are about 5,000 households living in the new resettlement area. The people are those from Sungai Baong, Kampung Dagang, Pujut, Canada Hill and many others,” he said.

The resettlement scheme, he said, was implemented in line with the government’s aim to achieve zero squatter status as well as provide former squatters with a good living environment.

He said upgrading would be an on-going process to ensure the people enjoybetter infrastructure and facilities.

This included efforts to tar-seal access roads and improve road conditions.

He called on the Tudan Area Committee to monitor road improvement work to ensure the progress followed specifications.

“The government cannot afford the high cost due to poor work performance. Under the 1Malaysia spirit, which gives strong emphasis on ‘People First, Performance Now’, the public service delivery system must be effective and efficient,” he said.

On poor drainage, Lee said culverts would be built in the affected areas to flush access water quickly.

He added that the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) would conduct clearance work on a 4-km storm drain from Emart to Permyjaya soon.