Published on: Wednesday, September 04, 2013
He said the census would be conducted to obtain information on the security aspect and demography of the water villages to facilitate the relocation process of the residents.
"A meeting will be held on Sept 5 to discuss the relevant matters pertaining to the census to be conducted at the two villages," he added. He hoped the village heads and members of the Village Development and Security Committee would extend the necessary assistance to ensure the census could be conducted smoothly.
"The purpose of the census is to gather information and not to make arrest," he told reporters after a Hari Raya celebration hosted by Esscom at the Marine Police base, here.
The event was also attended by Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman. Mohammad said that there were 131 water villages in Sabah, involving 22,600 houses and 136,000 residents, but not all the villages would be relocated.
He said Esscom would discuss with the National Housing Department for implementation of the people's housing project (PPR) to be streamlined with the proposed relocation of the water villages.
On the floating villages in Mukim Simunul, Semporna, Mohammad said all the residents in nine villages would be relocated to the PPR Bubul Lama, where there were 837 units of houses.
He said he had discussed with the Semporna District Officer to identify suitable site for the PPR project in Bugaya to accommodate the remaining residents from the floating villages in Mukim Simunul.