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Squatter fears, so illegal Tawau shipyard closed

Published on: Friday, April 04, 2014

Tawau: The Tawau Municipal Council (TMC) has ordered an illegal shipyard at the beach of Ba Zhong Commercial Centre here to be closed for fear the area would become a squatter settlement.

Its President Datuk Ismail Mayakob said the illegal settlement of squatter boats has long been there and legal action needs to be taken to prevent serious social problems.

He said the area needed to be vacated of settlement activities, including not allowing the repairing of fishing boats.

"The presence of those fishing boats docking at the illegal shipyard is also an eyesore to the scenic view near the surrounding," he said when chairing a full council meeting here, recently.

Ismail said they fear the activity of repairing boats without permit would make the location as a settlement for squatters.

Hence, he urged the Port and Harbour Department to follow up and take action to address the matter that has been ongoing since 2008.

Meanwhile, a representative from the department notified the meeting that a notice to prohibit such activity at the location has been issued.

A compound would soon be issued to those gathering and carrying out repairing of boats at the location if the notice was ignored.

Ismail said enforcement has to be carried out if issuance of compounds fail to deter those at the said location.